INTERCAMBIOS

Spanish Immersion Program

Live the full Mexican experience in our innovative Spanish Immersion Program during summer 2019. Immerse yourself in the majestic city of Puebla. Be amazed by the colorful city of Oaxaca and the greatness of Mexico City, one of the largest cities in the world. Be captivate by traditional Mexico discovering the magic of Cuetzalan and the ancient cities of the Pre – Hispanic cultures. Learn Spanish while living with Mexican families and interacting with local and international students.

HOW IT WORKS?

Unlike others Spanish Immersion Programs, this program ties weekly cultural trips directly into academic study. At arrival you will take a placement test and then you will be placed in Spanish Course. Classes are based on written and spoken texts addressing a variety of themes that will allow students to approach Mexican culture with ease and experience it to the fullest.

Spanish courses are based on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) content and proficiency standards.

The content standards are the 5 C’s: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities.

These standards determine what students can do with language. The proficiency guidelines determine how well students demonstrate communicative competency using linguistic skills in three modes of communication: interpretative, interpersonal, and representative. Methodology Course methodology mixes research from Content-Based Instruction (CBI), Styles and Strategies-Based Instruction (SSBI), and constructivist approaches to language learning.

Language tasks are designed to facilitate language acquisition in a meaningful way through problem – solving and projects that promote interaction and the negotiation of meaning in and out of the classroom.

LEVELS

5 weeks program

6 weeks program

Why Mexico? Why Puebla?

Mexico is the largest Spanish speaking country and an emerging economy in the world. Furthermore, Puebla is a college city located in the central part of Mexico and is also one of the safest cities with great standards of living. Plus, Mexican people are extremely hospitable and they also show great patience and understanding towards people learning their language.

Housing with Mexican families

Since the immersion process is a main component of the program, home-stay with Mexican families is your best option. Mexican families are a great support for stablishing the routine of daily life in the country. Also, the families provide opportunities for you to achieve your language learning goals and insight into cultural understandings. Host families are located in the surrounding neighborhoods near the Campus. Public transportation will not take more than 30 minutes to arrive to the university and is a great option for exploring Puebla. Your host family will show you how to take the urban transportation service to UPAEP during the first three days of the programs, so you will feel comfortable while navigating in your new environment.

LODGING
  • Single room with bed linens
  • Study table
  • Shared or individual bathroom (depending on the host family)

*non amenities included

MEALS
  • Lunch included from Monday to Friday in UPAEP´s Cafeteria.
  • Breakfast and Dinner from Monday to Friday with host families, and the three meals will be served on weekends.
The full Mexican experience

Mexico is a large country with a variety of colors and flavors expressed in rich and diverse culture that never ceases to impress visitors. This program makes you feel, see and taste Mexico´s deep diversity. This is what we call the full Mexican experience.

Experience colonial Mexico in Puebla while taking classes during the week, visiting cultural sites, and enjoying cultural workshops and integration activities in the afternoon. Savor the culinary experience with the tasty flavors of Mexican cuisine in the colorful city of Oaxaca. Discover the ancient traditions of pre- Hispanic Mexico in the one of the most well preserved “Pueblos Magicos” in the country, Cuetzalan and enjoy the aerial performances of the local dancers, explore around the town and mingle with the locals in the unique fairs and festivals while they communicate in Mexico’s original language, Nahualt. Be captivated by the sophistication, and the cultural sites in Mexico City, like The Frida Kahlo museum and the ancient Tenochtitlan.

Destinations


How to apply?

Registration

Please contact octavio.gonzalez01@upaep.mx or rubenefrain.flores@upaep.mx and specify your needs, such as lodging preferences, number of participants and weeks involved in the program.

Application

Participants needs to fill and submit the following application form

Payment Options

Payments must be sent via bank transfer. Information regarding how to complete this process will be provided with the enrollment forms.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be made within 30 days after notification via bank transfer of the cancellation. Once the required banking information is received, the cost of the transaction will be subtracted from the payment.

  1. Refunds will not apply in the case of late arrival.
  2. Cancellations made before the arrival date will only be accepted in written form (letter, e-mail or fax).
  3. Cancellations made within 3 weeks of the arrival date are subject to a $750.00 USD cancellation fee.
  4. Cancellations made before 3 weeks of the arrival date will not be subject to a cancellation fee.

FAQ'S

Students will participate in a full Spanish immersion since the housing with Mexican families, Spanish courses according to your level, workshops like Mexican cuisine, Latin dances, and tours to cultural places in Mexico. The program will expose you to a full Mexican environment helping you to improving your Spanish by leaps and bounds.

  • Spanish classes according your level of expertise (books & materials included)
  • Homestay with local families
  • Tours and visits to cultural & historical places around Mexico
  • Latin dances & Mexican cuisine Workshops
  • Three meals per day during weekdays and three meals per day during family weekends
  • Access to the library, computers lab, cafeteria, and wireless internet inside the University Campus
  • Land transportation at the arrival and departure to Mexico City (MEX) International Airport
  • Welcoming Lunch & Farewell Breakfast
  • Academic companionship and support during the whole program.

A minimum of 12 participants are required to apply.

At the end of the program you will not only improve your Spanish Language skills, also you will get a complete overview of Mexican Society, such the role of Traditions, Family and Religion.

At arrival you will take a placement test and according the score you will be placed in a Spanish Couse.

Very safe, we have been working with the homestay families for years, and also they are located into safe neighborhoods near by the Campus.

Yes, is one of the safest Cities in Mexico, also Puebla city was Named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, making it an ideal place for immersion in Mexican folklore and culture.

Near the campus and around Puebla City there´re a lot of ATMs, but there´re some destinations like Cuetzalan and several archeological places where there’s no ATMs, so we will let you know when you to take some precautions.Traveler checks are not accepted everywhere; these can only be cashed in a bank by the owner.

Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere but is better to carry some cash

We have 2 options

  • 5 Weeks program starting May 26th until June 24th 2019
  • 6 Weeks program starting May 26th July 6th 2019

The price is according to the number of weeks involved in the program.

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