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Oaxaca Program

The Oaxaca Program is offered on a rotating basis, and was last offered Summer Semester, 2017.  Please contact the Department of World Languages and Cultures at 707-826-3226 or maria.teller@humboldt.edu for information about the next scheduled offering of the Oaxaca Program.

Program Overview

The Oaxaca Program is the oldest study abroad program at Humboldt State University with more than 25 years of experience in Mexico. The Oaxaca Program is an intense 10-week summer immersion Spanish language and culture program. This Program is offered exclusively by the Department of World Languages and Cultures to Humboldt State University students from all fields of study who meet minimum program admission requirements. The Oaxaca Program is a comprehensive all-services included program. Consequently, the students live with selected Oaxacan families, take classes five days a week, participate in service learning activities with local organizations, and participate in various academic visits to outstanding cultural sites in the State of Oaxaca. The Program is also open to and welcomes students from other universities and colleges from the State of California, out-of-state, and international students. This is a 12 unit academic program. Minimum enrollment of participants is required.

The Oaxaca Program is offered in partnership with the Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca at the Centro de Idiomas, which was established in 1974 and is serving well over 1,500 Mexican students. It offers, on a regular semester basis, courses in English, French, Italian, Japanese, German, and Spanish. The Center also offers special courses in Zapotec, Mixtec, Chinese, Russian and Portuguese for adults and international students. See: http://www.uabjo.mx/

Program Location

Oaxaca is a state located in the Southeastern region of Mexico; it borders on the north with Veracruz and Puebla, Chiapas on the East, Guerrero on the West, and the Pacific Ocean on the south. The pleasant sub-tropical climate and the serenity of isolation attract most travelers to the Oaxaca Valley. It has peaks reaching almost 10,000 feet (more than 3,000 meters), caverns among the deepest in the world, virgin beaches, hidden jungles, and luminous valleys that house populations where, as a crucible, cultures of all people who once lived in its midst come together. Zapotecs, Mixtecs, and the fourteen other ethnic groups are still present in its culture and customs. Oaxaca is the most diverse state in Mexico. The city of Oaxaca, the State Capital, was declared a site of Humanity’s Cultural Patrimony by UNESCO in 1987, and owes its fame to the beauty and harmony of its architecture and the richness of its cultural traditions. See: http://oaxaca-travel.com/

Program Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in the language and culture of Mexico.
  • Live with a Mexican family.
  • Visit cultural and natural places guided by faculty.
  • May use Financial Aid to cover all related expenses. Plan in advance with Financial Aid counselor.
  • This is a rigorous program that requires 45 hours a week of study time. All field trips are mandatory.