Culture and Language Abroad is a uniquely immersive study program based in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Guanajuato, Mexico. Unlike less personal exchange programs, we focus on designing individual curriculum experiences that are authentic to both student’s needs and local culture. CLA is a non-profit founded and operated by a dedicated team of international educators – who also happen to be Guanajuato natives – whose university and community networks assure that program participants will study and live like a true local.
- Live an learn like a true local for a semester or a year
- Improve your Spanish skills
- Earn up to 15 US university credits
- Explore Mexico and break stereotypes
- Get out of your comfort zone
What to Expect
All study abroad students must enroll in a minimum of four courses (and up to five)at the University of Guanajuato each semester. You can choose your courses within any division based in Campus Guanajuato.
Schedule varies on course by course basis; classes are 55 minutes.
Online Pre-Departure Orientation
University tuition at the University of Guanajuato for up to 4 courses (15-18 U.S credits)
Trips, excursions and cultural activities
Housing & Meals
Mi casa es su casa, is a very popular Mexican saying that means 'My home is your home'. Our host families go through a careful screening process to make sure they've met all the conditions required and are eager to host you.
Your homestay will provide:
A private room with a bed, closet, and a desk
Your laundry washed once a week (optional)
Friendship, integration as a family member, conversation in Spanish and advice when appropriate
Our host families are all within 15 - 20 minutes walking distance (or an 8-minute bus ride) from downtown Guanajuato.
Homestays provide three meals a day + snacks
Guanajuato is known as the place of frogs. Guanajuato was first popularized after silver veining was found in the areas, which have since become a UNESCO world heritage site. This charming city is small enough to be discovered completely on foot.