CIEE Mexico: Liberal Arts in Guanajuato

Language of Instruction: Spanish
Term: Spring, Fall

Get a true study abroad experience by spending time in a homestay and studying in Guanajuato


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.

Program Features

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.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:
• To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved by the OGP on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
• To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.

Fact Sheet

Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
4 semesters of language, or equivalent (Intermediate sequence)
Spring, Fall

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Application Deadline: 
Sunday, October 1, 2017