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  • Locations: Mexico City, Mexico; Queretaro, Mexico
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Program Description:

Spanish and Culture in Mexico

Queretaro, Mexico City, Teotihuacan, Huasteca
Faculty Leader
Laura Valentin Rivera 

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Summer 2019 Course and Study Tour
Language Prerequisite: Yes – must have completed SPAN 410 or equivalent

Courses and Credits:
Spanish 530 - Professional Spanish: Business (3 KSU Undergraduate Credits) + 3 Transfer Credits from ITESM (equivalent to SPAN 420 or higher) = 6 credits total

Important Dates and Deadlines:
Course Dates: April 29, 2019 – July 26, 2019. Pre-departure meetings  (Location TBD)
Tour Dates: May 30 - July 6, 2019
Application Deadline: February 15, 2019 Extended until February 22nd

Total Estimated Cost:
Undergraduate: $4,383.50 (includes 3 credit hours of undergraduate tuition, 3 transfer credits, program fees, and additional anticipated expenses)

Welcome to Spanish and Culture in Mexico, Summer 2019! This five week program takes place in Queretaro, where students live with host families and take courses taught by KSU and ITESM Spanish language faculty. Querétaro offers its students a great place for study and adventure, and is rated as one of Mexico's safest and cleanest cities. In addition, the program includes exciting excursions to Mexico City, Teotihuacan, and Huasteca. 

  • Live with Mexican host families
  • Excursions to Mexico City, Teotihuacan, and Huasteca
  • Earn credit toward your Spanish major or minor
  • Take Salsa dance, cultural, and sport classes arranged by ITESM 

May 30, 2019: Official arrival day
May 31, 2019: Orientation and welcome party
June 3, 2019: First day of classes
June 8 and June 9, 2019: Trip to Mexico City and Teotihuacan
June 15 - June 17, 2019: Trip to Huasteca
July 3, 2019: Last day of classes
July 4 and 5, 2019: Final exams
July 5, 2019: Closing ceremony
July 6, 2019: Official departure day
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Querétaro has over 1 million inhabitants who
cherish and value their Mexican culture.
As a privileged state due to its excellent location, modern infrastructure and connectivity, it is safe and clean and offers a high quality of life and diversity in tourist attractions.  
Its Historic Downtown was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, due to its historic relevance and the sample of baroque architecture. It was here where Mexican Independence started.
Its natural landscape is well worth exploring, rich and varied thanks to the mountains of the Sierra Madre Occidental and Sierra Gorda that cross the state. 

Home of one of the most important aerospace and automotive clusters on the continent, Querétaro also houses 16 Industrial Parks as well as a highly diverse and multicultural population.  Take Salsa lessons in the afternoons and enjoy delicious food at night in the city!

Teotihuacan and Mexico City Excursion:
Discover the history behind one of the world’s most intriguing and ancient cultures, with an end of tour buffet and pool party.
Check out the following video:
For the second day, the students will participate in a bike tour through Reforma Avenue and they will
visit Castillo de Chapultepec, Monumento a la Revolucion and the National Museum of
Antropology; ending the tour with a delicious Mexican buffet.

Huasteca Excursion:
The Huasteca Potosina is part of the Sierra Madre Oriental and is located in the state of San Luis
Potosi. It has a rich jungle ecosystem and an exceptional natural beauty with rivers, chasms and
waterfalls; perfect scenarios for adventure tourism and great pictures. Check out the following video:
Instructor permission. Students must have completed SPAN 410 by the time they go abroad
This program is open to KSU credit-seeking students
2.5 Minimum GPA
Program Fees (Billed to KSIS): 
$2,501.00 (includes lodging/accommodations, 3 transfer credits, host family meals, some group meals, events/tours/admissions, some in country transportation, international health insurance and registry, OIP administration fee, and bank wire fees).

Estimated K-State Tuition and Fees for 3 Undergraduate credits (Billed to KSIS): $937.50. Includes $25 MLANG placeholder fee (to receive transfer credit) and a $25 Global Campus fee

Additional Anticipated Expenses (Not Billed): $895 (for expenses such as international airfare, individual meals, gratuities/tips, phone, passport fee, incidentals, textbooks). 
Note: Education Abroad and Kansas State University post all billable costs directly to students’ KSIS accounts at the start of the academic term in which the course is offered. For summer courses, charges appear in mid-May.
Before you apply, please review important information about scholarships and financial aid at
Financial Aid
Contact your financial aid advisor at to discuss what federal aid you may be able to use on this program

KSU, National, and International Scholarships
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Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship
Do you receive a Pell Grant? If so, be sure to consider the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship! This program is nationally competitive, but many K-State students have received it before! Find more information and begin the campus pre-application at 
 Visit the Official Gilman website. There are two application deadlines: October 2, 2018 (early application, results in early February) and March 5, 2019 (regular application, results in early April)


Laura Valentin Rivera
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Instructor for SPAN 530
Department of Modern Languages

Brent Holliday
Education Abroad Advisor
Education Abroad
304 Fairchild Hall
*Program information subject to change. Please contact Education Abroad for the most updated details.