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  • Locations: Cuetzalan, Mexico; Mexico City, Mexico; Oaxaca, Mexico; Puebla, Mexico; Teotihuacan, Mexico
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Veronica Mobley Housing Options: Homestay
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Program Type: U of A Faculty-Led
Language of Instruction: Spanish Language Prerequisite: 2 semesters
Language Courses Offered: YES Credit Type: Transfer Credit
Open to non-U of A students?: NO Credit Hours Available: 6 Credit Hours
Area of Study: Business (International), Education, Engineering, Service Learning, Spanish Program Duration: 5 weeks
Open to Graduate Students?: NO
Program Description:
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Applications will open in early-September for the Summer 2018 term.

Click the "Apply Now" button at the top of the page to begin. When your application is completed, your application will be reviewed and a decision will be made. You will be notified of the decision through the HogsAbroad portal.

If you don't yet have your passport, don't worry! You do not need a physical copy of your passport in order to apply for the program. However, if you don't already have a passport, please be proactive and begin your passport application today.

*Non-UofA students:  Complete the same steps as above, and upon acceptance to the program, the Office of Study Abroad will provide non-UofA students further instructions on how to enroll at the University as a visiting, non-degree-seeking student.


Puebla CatedralApplication Deadline:

*Priority Deadline:    December 1, 2017
**Regular Deadline:  February 1, 2018

*Program may fill before regular deadline; therefore, early application is advised
**Post-priority applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the regular deadline

The Summer 2018 U of A faculty-led study abroad program in Puebla, Mexico offers six popular options: students can select one of five different service-learning programs, with 72 hours in a professional placement in either Healthcare, Business, Education, Engineering, or Community Service or, alternatively, a traditional classroom program in Spanish and Mexican culture at the advanced or intermediate level. Students completing the program receive 6 hours of Spanish credit at the 2000-, 3000-, or 4000-level, which can apply towards a major or minor in Spanish (and/or Latin American and Latino Studies), or also as elective credit. The program in Puebla is hosted at the ultra-modern campus of the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP), and offers students a true immersion experience.  Puebla, a major metropolitan area, is centrally located in the heart of Mexico, between Mexico City and the Caribbean coast, in the shadows of the snow-capped Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes.  It is well-known as one of the safest cities in Mexico as well as one of the most beautiful.

The program fee also includes homestays with Mexican host families in Puebla; local tours with UPAEP students and host families to sites of historical and cultural significance; and overnight weekend excursions to Mexico City and the pyramids at Teotihuacan, to Oaxaca, and to Cuetzalan, one of Mexico’s “pueblos mágicos” with strong indigenous traditions.

For more information, please contact program leaders Steven Bell ( or Juan José Bustamante (, visit, and check out this flyer: Puebla Study Abroad - Summer 2018.jpg.


Students must:

Undergraduates should have completed at least 24 credit hours* with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better at the time of application.
*Students who have completed less than 24 credit hours may be admissible upon recommendation of faculty leader with support of the dean of the sponsoring college.

For language/culture option, successfully complete SPAN 1013 before departure

For service-learning option, successfully complete SPAN 2013 before departure


Transcript Issued By:  Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP)

Credit Hours: Six (6) credit hours transferred to the U of A from UPAEP

Students completing the program receive 6 hours of Spanish language and Mexican culture at the 2000-, 3000-, or 4000-level, which can be applied toward a minor or major in Spanish, toward a minor or major in Latin American and Latino Studies, or toward a world languages requirement.

Courses: There are several program tracks students can choose from. 
1.  Service Learning Practicum with Spanish for the Health Professions.
2.  Service Learning Practicum with Spanish for Education Professions. 
3.  Service Learning Practicum w/ Spanish for Community Service. 
4.  Service Learning Practicum with Spanish for Business Professions. 
5.  Spanish language/Mexican culture at intermediate/advanced level.
6.  Service Learning Practicum with Spanish for Engineering Professions.


An essential part of the student experience is the homestay. Participants live with a Mexican family in Puebla. Most host families want to be highly involved in the lives of their foreign students, and they will want to help you learn and feel like part of their family.
Students are provided with a single-occupancy room, and three meals per day (with a few exceptions on excursions). Some host families live within walking distance of the University, others require local bus rides to get to campus.  Students will also learn how to arrive and return from their practicum placement using local transportation. Host family members and program staff will teach students how to use the local transportation system during the first week of the program.


Puebla 4Immersion in the culture through mid-week activities and excursions led by Mexican university students, and overnight weekend trips to sites of cultural and historical significance, is considered an integral part of the Puebla program at the UPAEP. In Puebla, students visit many markets, restaurants, and museums, as well as tourist attractions such as Arts District, the Loreto and Guadalupe forts, the Capilla del Rosario, and nearby sites such as Cholula, Cacaxtla, Tonanzintla, and Acatepec.
The program for 2018 also includes three field-trips. The first is the Cuetzalan weekend trip with accommodations at the Hotel Posada Cuetzalan. Sightseeing, hiking, and swimming are few of other activities student enjoy. The second is the Oaxaca trip with accommodations at the Hotel Casantica. This visit includes sightseeing, and visits to museums, local markets, and archeological sites. The last trip is to Mexico City with accommodations in the Hotel del Angel. This visit includes city center and coyoacan sightseeing, visits to museums, local markets, and an archeological visit to Teotihuacan



Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students. 

In many cases, you can use your current scholarships and financial aid to help finance your program.  If you receive scholarships, grants, or loans as a U of A student, please contact your Financial Aid Advisor in Silas Hunt Hall (479-575-3806) to see how much of your current aid package you’ll be able to utilize towards this summer study abroad program or to apply for loans.  Participants on this program may also be eligible to apply for these institutional and national scholarships below. Criteria for scholarships vary, and students should read eligibility requirements carefully. 

U of A students should check out funding opportunities on our website.


For additional information about courses or program content, contact faculty leaders:

Steven Bell
Department of Foreign Languages
Latin American & Latino Studies
KIMP 425

Juan Jose Bustamante
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology/Latin American Studies

For assistance with the application process, costs, travel arrangements, etc., contact the Office of Study Abroad.


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Check out our quick info sheet to see what former students have said about their cultural experiences, out of pocket expenses and budgeting, packing, and technology abroad! 
Spanish-Service in Puebla_info sheet.pdf

Check out what Elijah Garcia had to say about his experience in Puebla.

Michael Glenn, who graduated from the U of A with a double degree in business and in Spanish and Latin American Studies, went not once but twice on our U of A Summer Program to Mexico, and had these thoughts to share on his experience.

Also, you can read Jessica Boyd's blog from Summer 2010 (in Spanish!) about the Puebla experience.

This program is currently not accepting applications.