Study Abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico
A land of snow-capped volcanoes, expansive deserts, cool cloud forests, and the beauty of two coastlines, the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, Mexico is truly one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Explore indigenous villages and stroll through colonial cities with their welcoming plazas and inspiring architecture. Discover the ancient past of the pre-Hispanic cultures still alive today, such as the Maya and the Aztec. Mexico is a perfect destination to study Spanish and explore a unique Latin American country.
Study Spanish in the fascinating colonial city of Oaxaca. Experience the charms of this highland locale surrounded by lush mountains and indigenous villages. Oaxaca is an ideal location for language immersion and exploring the pre-Hispanic past of the area. The friendly people of Oaxaca possess an unmatched hospitality.
University of Oaxaca
Study at one of the oldest universities in Mexico (est. 1827), located in the historic center of Oaxaca and only a few blocks south of the famous Zócalo (central plaza). Classes are taught in Spanish or English. The university has a relaxed atmosphere and modern facilities that include a spacious library, computer lab, and comfortable classrooms. Take advantage of our intercambios: daily exchange programs with local Mexican university students.
Students enroll in one course per 3-week session, each being worth three credits. Courses can either be language or area studies, but all courses are taught in Spanish. Elective classes and classes with locals can vary in size from 8 to 35 students, while language classes have just 8-12 students. View the course listings and syllabi.
Meals & Accommodation
There is no better way to improve Spanish and learn about the culture than by living with our carefully selected local host families. The homestay experience is highly recommended as it is the best choice for a true immersion experience; however, for students looking for a greater degree of independence, we recommend a placement with one of our host families that has an apartment-style living option (some type of separate living area, such as a garage apartment). This is the best of both worlds; independent living but with meals and laundry provided by the family.
The following is a list of possible excursions included in the program. The excursions for your program will be confirmed in the Program Calendar you receive one month prior to your program start date.
- Pacific Beach Trip (Bahías de Huatulco, Mazunte or Puerto Escondido)
Explore the pristine beaches on the Pacific Coast with its thousands of small bays.
- Monte Albán Pre-Hispanic Ruins
Explore Monte Albán, one of the world's most impressive archeological sites.
- Mountain Springs (Hierve el Agua)
Soak in the soothing waters of these natural springs in use for over 2,500 years.
- Sierra Norte Mountains Trip
Hike the cloud forests and indigenous villages of the Sierra Norte Mountains.
- Mitla Pyramids, Teotitlán Artisan Village, & Ancient El Tule Tree
Visit Mitla, the ancient Zapotec city known as "The Place of the Dead", Teotitlán del Valle, a Zapotec village known for it's time-honored tradition of hand-woven rugs, and the El Tule tree. This tree is the largest biomass on the planet and over 3000 years old.
We organize cultural activities for the weekday afternoons. These activities are designed to accentuate the unique character of Mexico and Oaxaca.
- Museum Visits
- Traditional Markets
- Art Classes & Galleries
- Salsa & Merengue Dance Classes
- Traditional Cooking Class
- Guelaguetza Folk Dance (July)
- Yoga Classes
- Movie Night (in Spanish)