University of Oregon

Mexican Studies and Spanish Immersion in Querétaro

Program Overview

This program is designed for you to learn Spanish language through immersion. You can take intermediate or advanced Spanish, as well as courses on Mexican history, literature, and culture. You will study in the Spanish Department (Facultad de Lenguas y Letras) of the local public university: Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro (UAQ). As part of the immersive experience, you will live with a Mexican host family and have the chance to interact with Mexican students on campus. Querétaro is a beautiful colonial city located in the heart of central Mexico. Its historic city center is recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site. With a population of approximately 900,000, Querétaro is a medium-sized city known especially for its excellent universities, growing economy, safety, and cleanliness.

Academic Details

You can participate in the GEO Querétaro program during a 10-week spring quarter program or a 6-week summer session. The spring quarter program is ideal for students looking to fulfill the second year of college-level Spanish through immersion. If you have completed SPAN 102 or 111 by the time you depart for Querétaro, you could earn 16 quarter credits of intermediate-level Spanish that would fulfill (at the UO) the equivalent of SPAN 103 + SPAN 201-202-203. If you have completed SPAN 103 or 112 by the time you depart for Querétaro, you could earn 12 credits of intermediate language (the UO equivalent SPAN 201-202-203) plus a 4-credit elective on modern Mexican history. The course on Mexican history examines the 19th and 20th centuries, highlighting moments in which the city of Querétaro played an important role in Mexican history, including the Independence movement, the Reforma era, and the Mexican Revolution. 

The summer program offers a wider selection of courses and language levels, including: intermediate 2nd year Spanish, advanced 3rd year Spanish, as well as specialized courses on literature, advanced writing, culture, and Mexican history. You can earn a total of 12 quarter credits. Students who have completed 2nd year Spanish prior to participating on the program can take a combination of 3rd year language classes. The language of instruction for all courses is Spanish, and all courses are taught by local instructors from the UAQ Facultad de Lenguas y Letras.

For students from partner universities: Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

Housing Description

You will live with a Mexican host family in a modest middle-class home. All students will have access to a private room and you will eat most meals with your host family. The comida (lunch) is the biggest meal of the day; it usually takes place between 2-4pm and it gives students an opportunity to interact with their host family. All families have internet in their home, though the connection may be through ethernet and not necessarily wireless; free internet is also available in the UAQ campus and at many local cafes. Most host families live within walking distance of the university bus route that you will take to get to campus. The Facultad de Lenguas y Letras where students will take classes is located in the UAQ’s Campus Aeropuerto. The university bus rote connects the two main campuses of the UAQ.

Additional Requirements

Spring: SPAN 111/102 or the equivalent completed prior to the program

Summer: SPAN 112/103 or the equivalent completed prior to the program

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearPriority DeadlineFinal DeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Spring Quarter201612/30/20151/30/20164/03/20166/11/2016
Summer20162/15/20163/15/20167/24/20169/03/016

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.