Culture and Language Abroad (CLA)

Learn Spanish in Guanajuato, Gto., Mexico

The Area & School

Culture and Language Abroad offers a truly unique experience for anyone wishing to delve into culture and language in beautiful Guanajuato, Mexico. This non-profit International Education Organization allows students to become immersed in both intensive Spanish language courses as well as enriching cultural opportunities. Guanajuato is a hub for arts, culture, and academics. A vibrant city with at least 21,000 students at any given time during the year, Guanajuato is filled with energy as well as history. Students will study at the University of Guanajuato during their stay. During the summer program scuba dive lessons are taken in the tropical fishermen's village of Mahahual. Come experience a dynamic and thrilling way to travel at CLA.

Spanish Courses

Weekly 1-on-1 Spanish

This course offers its participant the opportunity to take 1-on-1 lessons with one of our native Spanish professors. Each day you will be able to combine theory with practice, or theory with conversation, or listening with pronunciation, depending on your needs and your interests.

  • The listed pricing is for 3 classes/day. Students may choose to take 2, 3, 4, or 5 classes per day based on preference and availability. Inquire school for pricing and more details.

Starts at $180 for one week

Semester Abroad in Mexico Spanish

This program is a 21-week language travel immersion experience for any university student. In one semester students will come away with a minimum of 4 courses taken at one of the most prestigious universities in the country, volunteer experience with one of CLA's partner organizations, and a 3-day trip to Mexico City, all while engaging with the dynamic culture of Guanajuato.


Starts at $350 for one week

Summer Abroad in Mexico

This program is a 7-week language travel immersion experience. In one summer, students will come away with 51 hours of intensive Spanish language courses, a 3-day trip to Mexico City, and a week-long voyage to the Caribbean (plane fare, meals, and hotel included) to earn a 1 star scuba diving certificate (CMAS), all while engaging with the dynamic culture of Guanajuato.

Starts at $450 for one week

Accommodation

Host Family Semester Abroad

"Mi casa es su casa" is a very popular phrase in Mexico, meaning "My home is your home". Staying with a host family allows students to become immersed in the local culture and is a key part of the programs at CLA. Families are carefully screened and located within a 15-20 minute walking range (8 minute bus ride) from downtown. They will provide students with WiFi, laundry washed once a week, 3 meals a day, filtered water, and a friendly home to come back to after a long day of studying and exploring.


Starts at $143 / week

Host Family Summer Abroad

"Mi casa es su casa" is a very popular phrase in Mexico, meaning "My home is your home". Staying with a host family allows students to become immersed in the local culture and is a key part of the programs at CLA. Families are carefully screened and located within a 15-20 minute walking range (8 minute bus ride) from downtown. They will provide students with WiFi, laundry washed once a week, 3 meals a day, filtered water, and a friendly home to come back to after a long day of studying and exploring.


Starts at $208 / week

Additional Details

The following holidays are observed at CLA:

  • May 1st, 2016
  • September 15th-16th, 2016
  • December 16th-January 3rd, 2016

Before arriving in Mexico there will be an online pre-departure orientation in order for students to become initially acquainted with the program and city. This is also an opportunity to connect with fellow travel/class mates! After arriving in Guanajuato and settling in with host families, a two-day orientation will take place. This orientation includes several tours and activities to situate students with their surroundings.

For flight information, the Del Bajío Airport is the nearest International Airport to Guanajuato.

Max Group Class Size: 12.3333333333333333 students per class
Max Capacity: 15 students
Adjusted Price of INT 20: $12 per class hour

There is much to be explored in Mexico, and Culture and Language Abroad makes sure that the areas beyond Guanajuato don't go un-discovered by students. Options for adventure include...

A 3-day Mexico City (D.F.) excursion

  • Climb through ancient pyramids, take a boat ride through the floating gardens, visit Frida Khalo's house, the Presidential Palace, various fruit and flower markets, and much more!

Day trip to the hot springs in San Miguel de Allende

  • Located only an hour from Guanajuato, this trip will allow students to appreciate Mexico for its diverse beauty.

Scuba diving in Mahahual

  • This is where students in the summer program will receive their CMAS dicing certification. Lesson will be 4 hours every morning, followed by two dives during a four-day period. In free time students will have plenty of opportunity to relax on the beach or explore ancient Mayan ruins.

The course that students take at University of Guanajuato range anywhere from 4 to 8 credits. This school is a well-known and accredited university in Mexico. After completing courses (a normal load is 50 credits, or 8 classes, per semester) official transcripts can be transferred to a home university if need be. CLA can also help students find volunteer opportunities to enrich their engagement with the community while in Guanajuato.