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Destinations! Oaxaca, Mexico

Approximate Dates
SUMMER: mid-June  to mid-August

The Summer in Oaxaca offers Spanish language majors and minors the opportunity to experience the richness of Mexican culture and civilization through an intensive language study program.

Click here to check out this PowerPoint Presentation on our Oaxaca summer trip!

Application Deadline: December 1, although late applications may be taken. Contact the International programs office on available space. Group limit is 15 students.

Go to the Applications page to find out how to get an application.


This intensive language program requires a minimum of four college semesters of Spanish language education (completion of Spanish 212 at UWSP, or the equivalent), a 2.50 or higher cumulative GPA, and written consent from the senior UWSP Spanish faculty.

Priority is given to regularly registered UWSP students, but students from other universities and community members are welcome to apply.  All participants will be registered in college courses for credit, or audit at the same cost, and will be expected to participate fully in the academic program.

**This program can fulfill the certificate for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction with prior approval. Contact Professor Daniel Breining for details.

Academic Credits

The academic program of studies is arranged through the Instituto Cultural Oaxaca. Classes are taught in Spanish but “tempered” for foreign students. You will be given a placement exam upon arrival. Regardless of the results, you will receive credit for the next sequential language course in which you would have enrolled at UWSP. Instructional staff at the Instituto Cultural Oaxaca may not advise you on matters having to do with registration and credits earned. All such matters are exclusively handled by the Department of Foreign Languages at UWSP.

*Note: Students must complete the entire session in order to receive credit - no partial credit granted for early return!

Specific academic concerns should be directed to:

Dr. Daniel Breining


Approximately $5,200.00

Cost Includes:

  • 9 Week Academic Program
  • Air travel, Chicago and return
  • Nine credits UWSP undergraduate tuition for Wisconsin residents
  • Entry tour features Mexico City: a four-day-directed study/tour of the capitol’s historical and cultural sites
  • Room and half-board in Oaxaca in a family setting
  • Sponsored study tours in and around Oaxaca
  • Transport to Oaxaca to/from Mexico City
  • UW-System mandated health insurance

Plan your budget to cover, passport, and personal expenses (especially during the weekends). Minnesota students qualify for reciprocity, substantial surcharge for other non-Wisconsin residents of approximately $750.


Academic Courses

All courses are taught in Spanish. All students receive nine credits as follows:

One language course
(depends on language level placement test given on arrival in Oaxaca)

  • Advanced placement:
    SPANISH 345 - Advanced Conversation & Composition, 3 credits   or
  • Intermediate placement:
    SPANISH 314 - Intermediate Spanish Composition, 3 credits

SPANISH 340 - Introduction to Spanish Literature
3 credits, GDR: HU2
Intensive reading, methods of literary analysis of various genres; introduction to fundamental techniques of literary criticism.

SPANISH 483 - Spanish American Culture and Civilization
3 credits, GDR: HU4


Academic Leader

A UW-Stevens Point Spanish faculty member will accompany the group to Oaxaca. After the group is settled-in to the home-stays and classes, the leader will return to Wisconsin.


Chicago to Mexico City for a short "entry" tour, then on to Oaxaca.  At the end of coursework in Oaxaca, return flight from Oaxaca via Mexico City to Chicago.

Withdrawal & Refund

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