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Spanish Abroad — Oaxaca, Mexico

This program will be offered Summer 2015. The information about the program and application process are currently being updated. Please check back soon for current information.

Program Description

The Oaxaca Program is an intense, 10-week, full-immersion summer program offered exclusively by the Department of World Languages and Cultures to Humboldt State University students from all fields of study. Students from other universities and colleges, as well as community members, are also encouraged to apply.


Oaxaca is a state located in the southeastern region of Mexico; it borders on the north with Veracruz and Puebla, Chiapas on the east, Guerrero on the west, and the Pacific Ocean on the south. [Map] The pleasant sub-tropical climate and the serenity of distant places attract most travelers to the Oaxaca Valley. It has peaks reaching almost 10,000 feet (more than 3,000 meters), caverns among the deepest in the world, virgin beaches, hidden jungles, and luminous valleys that house populations where, as a crucible, cultures of all people who once lived in its midst come together. Zapotecs, Mixtecs, and the fourteen other ethnic groups are still present in its culture and customs. Oaxaca is the most diverse state in Mexico. Oaxaca, the state capital, declared Humanity's Cultural Patrimony by UNESCO, owes its fame to the beauty and harmony of its architecture, the richness of its cultural traditions. [More information]

Colonial church domes in Oaxaca

Universidad Autónoma Benito Juarez de Oaxaca

The Language Center of Benito Juarez University of Oaxaca (Centro de Idiomas) was established in 1974 and has served well numerous Mexican and international students. The Centro de Idiomas offers courses in English, French, Italian, Japanese, German, Spanish, Zapotec, Mixtec, Russian, and Portuguese on a regular semester basis.


Student must enroll for a total of 15 units:

Number Name Units
Span 480 Spanish Grammar Abroad: Oaxaca   4  
Span 480 Spanish Reading and Composition Abroad: Oaxaca   4  
Span 480 Field Experience Abroad: Oaxaca   3  
Span 480 Latin American Culture and Civilization Abroad: Mexico   4  

Total units 15  

Program Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in the language and culture of Mexico.
  • Live with a Mexican family.
  • Visit cultural and natural sites guided by Mexican faculty.
  • All courses apply to the HSU Spanish major, minor or HSU electives.
  • Some courses apply to the Latin American Studies Concentration in the HSU International Studies Program.
  • Financial Aid may be used to cover all related expenses.


Program cost varies from year to year due to changes in the Mexican economy as well as Humboldt State University tuition changes. Contact the Oaxaca Program Director to obtain current program cost information.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Three semesters of college level Spanish or equivalent.
  • HSU or Extended Education student in good standing.


  • Complete the on-line Oaxaca Program Application.
  • Complete an Interview with the HSU-Oaxaca Program Director.

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Postal Address:    Oaxaca Program Director
    Dept. World Languages & Cultures
    Humboldt State University
    1 Harpst Street
    Arcata, CA 95521

Email:    Oaxaca Program Director
Phone:    707/826-3226
Fax:    707/826-3227

This program requires a minimum number of students for final approval