Join us as we explore the city and state of Oaxaca (wuh-HA-cah), areas extremely rich in history and culture (and listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites). Our study will include Oaxaca’s deep indigenous origins, its fascinating eras of colonial conquest and revolutionary transformation, and its remarkable present-day social world full of vibrant and diverse cultures.
All the while, you will be intensively studying Spanish (and gaining language credit) on the grounds of the beautiful Instituto Cultural de Oaxaca. You will also enroll in a three-credit interdisciplinary course taught by Professor Jay VanderVeen, examining your experiences through anthropological and sociological frames. Oaxaca is a perfect location for this, as it is famous for its Zapotec, Mixtec, and European influences and its architecture, cathedrals, museums, and festivals. It is also well known for incredible archaeological sites, such as Monte Albán and Mitla, which you will visit.
You will also explore other amazing parts of Mexico, including Puebla and Mexico City; every part of the trip will expose you to new perspectives. Furthermore, you will live with a local family, sharing meals and forming
connections, while developing friendships with other students.