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Mexico: Experiential Learning in Colonial Mexico



Explore the two cities of Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende during Spring Break 2020! 

Guanajuato has a bustling market that sells everything from nopales and fruit, clothes, souvenirs, and even live birds. The streets are always overflowing with people navigating through the underground tunnels or cutting through secret alleyways to get from one area of the city to another. The view from El Pípila (the statue commemorating the city as the home of Mexican Independence) standing watch over the city is phenomenal!
This colonial city is nestled in a valley surrounded by volcanoes. It’s unique soil content created a bit of a buzz when an old cemetery was dug up and a number of naturally mummified bodies were discovered. Those bodies are now housed in the Museo de las Momias - a must see attraction for all city visitors.
Beautiful architectural features line the city streets and include the university (f. 1732), the Teatro Juárez, complete with Doric columns and velvet walls, and the seventeenth-century Basílica de Nuestra Señora, which houses the oldest piece of Christian art in Mexico. Mexico’s famed painter and activist, Diego Rivera, was born in this city. The city also hosts the annual international festival held in honor of Cervantes and has a fantastic museum of all things Quixote - from postage stamps to chess sets. The city is also home to La Valenciana (f. 1558), one of the most productive silver mines in the country’s history. The city even boasts its own Romeo and Juliet story, centered around the Callejón del Beso.
These are just a few of the things you will experience during your time in this enchanting city!

la gruta La Gruta, a hot spring featuring thermal water caves is one of many excursions included in this program!

Program Dates

Spring Break 2020 - March 7-15, 2020

Application Deadline  - November 1, 2019

Living arrangements 

Shared occupancy housing in centrally located hotels/hostels.

Courses and credits 

Open to all undergraduates. 3 credits in either:

HIST 2900: Special Topics in History


UC 2900: Special Topics in University College


2020 Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet

Non-resident surcharge waived for this program.

Eligibility Requirements 

This program is open to all undergraduate students, regardless of major, with a minimum 2.0 grade-point average or above.

Students will apply via Ohio University’s  online application.

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy.

Requesting accommodation for disabilities

If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the  Office of Student Accessibility Services  to schedule an appointment to complete an  Global Opportunities Disability Accommodation Request Form. We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.

Health and safety 

Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities suggests you follow the recommendations of the  Centers for Disease Control  for healthy travel to your destination.

Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

Refer to the  State Department website  for information related to safety and security at this destination.

Also refer to  International SOS  for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership IS: 11BCAS000010.

Entry and exit requirements 

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year,  apply for your passport  now.

For more specific visa related information, please visit OGO's  Visa Information Page.

Information for NON-US citizens can be found  here


For more information contact: 

Dr. Michele Clouse, Program Director

Dr. Marlene De La Cruz-Guzman, Program Co-Director

Ellie Koewler, Program Coordinator






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