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. Mexico is an ideal location to continue your Spanish language studies, as the pronunciation, vocabulary, and colloquial expressions used in Mexico are also commonly heard in the U.S., offering you a smoother linguistic transition between the two countries. You will study at the downtown campus of the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro (UAQ), which is close to Querétaro's beautiful historic district. 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 state of Querétaro in the heart of central Mexico and is home to approximately 900,000. The city is known especially for its excellent universities, growing economy, safety, and cleanliness. Its historic city center is recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site. This program includes excursions to Mexico City, visits to historic towns around the host city, and several extra activities in and around Querétaro. The state of Querétaro and Mexico City are two of the safest regions in the country according to the US Department of State; assigned the same travel advisory level as many European countries.
Quotes from Querétaro alumni:
“My Spanish has definitely improved. I am a much more confident conversational speaker. I spoke the most Spanish at home with my host family.”
“The quality of instruction was amazing! My class was very small, so we were able to have a deep connection with the instructors and in turn the instructors were able to assist us better.”
"I feel so lucky to have had the host parents that I had during my time in Mexico. They were so kind, accommodating, open, and helpful. I feel so blessed to now have them in my life."
The GEO Querétaro program is six weeks in the summer . If you have completed SPAN 103 or 112 by the time you depart for Querétaro, you can earn 12 quarter credits of intermediate-level Spanish that would fulfill (at the UO) the equivalent of SPAN 201-202-203. If you have already completed the SPAN-200 sequence or equivalent, you may enroll for 12 quarter credits by selecting three courses from advanced 3rd year Spanish courses on contemporary Mexican literature, advanced writing, Mexican culture, and Mexican history. All courses are taught in Spanish by instructors from UAQ's College of Language and Literature. 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 Mexican Revolution.
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.
Faculty and Staff
Each year, an instructor from the UO's Romance Languages Department serves as an on-site faculty coordinator for this program. For the summer 2020 the on-site coordinator will be Gloria Zabala, Senior Instructor of Spanish II. Gloria has first-hand experience and knowledge of Queretaro from her time as the on-site coordinator on the program in 2014. The on-site coordinator helps students with any academic or logistic issues that may arise while on the program and leads various activities that enrich the immersive experience students get while in Querétaro.
Gloria is happy to share her insights into Queretaro and help answer program questions from prospective applicants (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The GEO Querétaro program also has dedicated staff on site to ensure students are well oriented to the program location, local culture, and program expectations, and are available 24/7 during the program to support students and assist in case of emergency.
Housing in Querétaro is designed to help you experience the local culture of Mexico and to improve language acquisition while living with a Mexican host family. Homestays are carefully selected to fit your needs and requests. All students are placed in homes that have been carefully selected and vetted for safety and cleanliness. You will have access to a private room, internet, and most meals are provided by your host family. The comida (lunch) is the biggest meal of the day; it usually takes place between 2-4 p.m. and is an ideal opportunity to interact with your host family. All host families are within walking distance or a short bus ride from classes.
Dates and Deadlines
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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.