CIEE offers a supported direct enrollment program in which students take at least half of their courses at the University of Guanajuato. All students live in a homestay in order to enhance their understanding of Mexican life and culture. Giving back to the community is a strong part of the program. Students can volunteer at one of the many local NGOs with which CIEE has a relationship. The program is available in the fall and spring semester.
All students take five courses during the semester, at least two of which will be at the University of Guanajuato. CIEE offers several electives courses, descriptions of which are available on the program homepage. Topics range from general Mexican history to migration and politics to revolution and resistance. Students are able to choose from a wide variety of courses at the University of Guanajuato which can accommodate most majors.
All study abroad students live in a homestay, which CIEE believes is essential to the learning process and integration into life in Guanajuato. The opportunity to live with a Mexican family not only allows students to deconstruct stereotypes and observe real life in action, but it also creates opportunities for students to talk about issues presented in their courses, as well as to practice their Spanish language skills. Students are placed with middle class families, and each homestay houses one CIEE student per semester. The program fee includes three meals per day, a private room, and weekly laundry service.
Students are encouraged to participate in community service activities.
Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.
Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites. Note the program language requirements.