Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Coetzalan, Mexico; Mexico City, Mexico; Oaxaca, Mexico; Puebla, Mexico
- Program Terms: Summer
- Restrictions: PSU applicants only
- Budget Sheets: Summer
Dispelling cultural stereotypes through immersion in the daily life of Mexico is the thrust of the summer program in Puebla. Studying the arts, culture, and history of central Mexico creates the context for the program. Living with carefully selected Mexican families helps Penn State students develop their language skills while experiencing firsthand the cultural treasures of Mexico. This 9-credit program offers students a unique, creative environment and exposure to a variety of experiences.
Located on a high mountain plain in central Mexico, Puebla is a large city with a small-town atmosphere. A planned city established in 1532 by the Spaniards, Puebla also reflects the pre-Columbian heritage of the region. The city is known for its Spanish colonial architecture and its concentration of contemporary artists and cultural activities. Only eighty miles south of Mexico City, Puebla sits in a rich archaeological area. Day trips to sites including Cholula -- the location of the largest pyramid in the world -- compose part of the educational experience. As part of the SPAN 497 class contact hours, there also are longer, overnight excursions to other archaeological sites and to some of the contemporary craft villages throughout Mexico. Classes are scheduled four days a week to provide students with long weekends for independent travel as well.
All students are required to take 9 credits.
The following course is mandatory for ALL students.
This course will provide an introduction to Mexican culture and art from pre-Columbian to contemporary. In addition, the course will provide students with experiential learning opportunities via service learning in Puebla. In this way the course will provide both a historical overview and an experiential cultural component in contemporary Mexican society. As part of the course, we will take three multiday cultural trips and visit a number of major archeological sites.
Select one of the following language courses:
Grammar review and practice in oral expression and aural comprehension.
Prerequisite: SPAN 002 or equivalent proficiency
Intermediate or advanced grammar and language development. This course involves intensive conversation and reading.
Prerequisite: SPAN 003 or equivalent proficiency
Select one of the following art courses:
This course is a study of fiction and other culture produced by a selection of Mexican authors and artists during the 20th and 21st centuries. This course is also taught in Spanish; the prerequisites are SPAN 215 and SPAN 253W.
Supervised instruction in the studio arts, focusing on one or more of the following areas: painting, drawing, photography, and collage/assemblage. There will be visits to the studios of artists who are working in contemporary art as well as traditional crafts.
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
Successful applicants will complete pre-requisities for the program.
Students will stay with Mexican families in homestays. Most meals will be provided.
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
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|NOTE: Start date, May 11, is the date that students must arrive in Mexico City where a bus will be provided for transport to Puebla.|
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