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Orizaba, Mexico (Holly Hayer)

Beautiful old building in Orizaba, Mexico. Photo by Kristin Beiswenger '12
Photo by Kristin Beiswenger '12


Orizaba, Mexico plus excursions to various sites such as Oaxaca, Veracruz, or Teotihuacán.


May 19, 2015 - June 16, 2015 with optional 6-week internship after initial 4 weeks.

Brief Description of Program:

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Orizaba, the site of the Instituto de Estudios Avanzados de Oriente, is a city in the state of Veracruz, in Mexico’s industrial corridor, off the beaten tourist trail, but centrally located. You will live and study in an environment in which you derive maximum benefits from your encounter with Mexican culture. Maestro Leandro Flores, who is the Director of the Institute, will supervise the university program.

There will be three hours of Spanish language instruction five days a week in the morning and one hour of instruction five times a week in the early afternoon. The afternoon culture classes will examine topics such as Mexican popular culture, cultural diversity in Mexico, contemporary political, economic, and social change, current events, family life, etc.  A variety of excursions will be organized for late afternoons at local sites. There will be at least one field trip provided as part of the program; in recent years, trips have been taken to Oaxaca, Veracruz, or Teotihuacán.

Students will also enjoy various incidental celebrations depending on what is going on. In previous years, programs included participation in the legendary Día del Maestro, a gastronomic event with a sampling of Mexican foods, a demonstration of regional costumes, mariachis and a festival of typical Mexican dances, including the famous Mexican Hat Dance. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

To take full advantage of the experiential value of living in a Hispanic culture for four weeks, you will stay with an Instituto de Estudios Avanzados (IDEA) student’s family and will share meals and adapt to your host family’s daily schedule. You will have an “amigo(a)” right away!


4 credits, H or I. Three credits will be in language and one credit in Mexican culture.


About $3,000 (includes pre-departure orientation materials, round-trip airfare from an east-coast airport, room and board, tuition and all expenses incurred for program excursions). Exact amount to be announced in spring. Plan to bring some money to cover personal expenditures, phone calls, souvenirs, plus an estimated $100-$150 to cover any medical needs.


Please contact Professor Holly Hayer for more information.