Is This Program Right for You?This program is designed for students who wish to improve their Spanish language skills during the summer semester! The program is for students at any level of Spanish, from the beginner looking to start language courses to the advanced student looking to perfect written and oral communication. Student can enroll solely in intensive language courses, but students can also take classes in Business and Economics, Arts and Humanities, as well as a Service Learning course. Students will earn 6 AU credits during 5 weeks of intensive language study in Puebla, Mexico, located two hours to the southeast of Mexico City on the beautiful campus of Universidad de las Américas, Puebla.
AcademicsThis 5-week (or 10-week if students do both summer sessions) Spanish Immersion Program takes place at the Centro Internacional de Lengua y Cultura. (International Center for Language and Culture) of the Universidad de las Américas, Puebla (UDLAP). UDLAP's campus occupies 175 landscaped acres on the site of a former hacienda, with views of snow-capped mountains and the legendary volcano, Popocatepetl. The university's colonial-style buildings create a self-contained campus with classrooms, cafeterias, dormitories, and a small lake. Additional facilities include a medical clinic, computer labs, a gym and swimming pool, and bus service to and from the region's capital city of Puebla, a city of approximately two million inhabitants.
You will receive six American University transferable credit hours for each summer session. An on-line language examination is required of prospective students to ensure their proper placement in the program. Beginning-level students take two classes in Spanish Grammar and Communication. Intermediate-level students usually take take one grammar class and one content-based course or a service learning course.
Spanish Language Courses:Spanish: Written and Oral Communication
Spanish: Mexican Literature
Spanish: Mexican Civilization
Spanish: Health Professions
Spanish: Business Communications
Business and Economics Courses:
Cross Cultural Management- taught in Spanish
International Marketing - taught in ENGLISH -
Economic Geography and Development - taught in ENGLISH
Arts and Humanities Courses:
Mexican Culture - taught in English
Local Art: Painting and Sculpting - taught in Spanish
Service Learning Courses (all in Spanish):
Business: Development of Mexican Family Businesses
Education: Teaching in Mexico
Course EquivalencyClick here to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed. Read more about the course equivalency process and how AU counts study abroad credits on our Courses and Credits page.
As a student of UDLAP International, you will be housed in a double occupancy room in their halls of residence (Colegios Residenciales). All halls have a secure swipe-card entry system with 24-hour security presence and wireless Internet is available. Residences are fully furnished and equipped with laundry facilities and common areas.
There are 4 halls inside campus: Cain Murray, Ray Lindley, Ignacio Bernal and José Gaos. All of them are ideally located for easy access to academic, sport and recreational facilities. Dorms have shared bathrooms and common areas, and every effort is made to place program students with Mexican roommates.
Meals are taken in the campus cafeterias and are provided twice a day from Monday to Friday in the main dining hall and in the 2 cafeterias located around campus. More information on accommodation can be found on Puebla's website.
Included in the program fee are field trips to places near the university, including the Great Pyramid, downtown Puebla and the crafts market, the pre-hispanic art museum, and other sites in nearby towns. Optional weekend excursions are also offered for an additional cost. Students can pay for these optional excursions on site. Sample destinations include the Zocalo and Anthropology Museum in Mexico City, the famous archaeological site of Teotihuacan, Taxco and the beach at Acapulco, and the beautiful city of Oaxaca.