This is a unique opportunity to spend four weeks studying language, history, culture, and society in Oaxaca, Mexico. Students enroll in six credits of IU South Bend courses. The Spanish courses are taught on the campus of the Instituto Cultural Oaxaca. The institute is located in a lovely 19th century estate surrounded by private gardens in the colonial center of the city.
Oaxaca is a beautiful and historic city ringed by mountains in southern Mexico. The city is famous for lovely colonial architecture that includes the cathedral, the ornate church of Santo Domingo, a former convent turned museum, a shaded central square with sidewalk cafes, and a pedestrian walkway past shops and restaurants, many with secluded courtyards and gardens. Oaxaca City is the capital of the state of Oaxaca, one of the most diverse in Mexico with villages that retain strong Zapotec and Mixtec indigenous influences. On a flattened mountain right outside the city is the great archeological site of Monte Albán, with others a short drive away. The current indigenous vitality is celebrated every July with the Guelaguetza, a dance festival highlighting the music and dress of the region. Oaxaca, with its wonderful year-round pleasant climate, its mix of Spanish and indigenous influences, and a mix of old wealth with rural populations and new middle classes, is the perfect location in which to study Spanish along with Mexican culture, literature and cinema.
The program provides accommodations, including meals, in the homes of local Mexican families. This experience is an invaluable way to learn about Mexican culture on a personal level, as well as an important step towards mastering Spanish.