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  • Locations: Cuernavaca, Mexico
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Area of Study: Spanish Minimum GPA Required: 2
Language of Instruction: Spanish Housing Options: Host family
Recommended Program: Yes
Program Description:
Mexico: Spanish Language in Cuernavaca
cuernava pyramids

 IMPORTANT: There is a possible reduction in the program fee
 if more than 10 students enroll in the program

Cuernavaca, Mexico
4, 6, or 9 credits* in Spanish
22 June 2018 – 21 July 2018
$2,675 (including tuition) + airfare
*9 credits only for students with High Advanced level of Spanish

Program Director
Dr. Eugenia Muñoz
Registration deadline: 15 April 2018
The School of World Studies and the Global Education Office at Virginia Commonwealth University are pleased to sponsor an intensive four-week Spanish language, culture, literature, topics and business program in Mexico in conjunction with the native Spanish instructors and associate professors at Universidad Internacional ( in the spectacular city of Cuernavaca, where the main square (zócalo) is surrounded by sidewalk cafes, restaurants, mariachis and bookstores.
Course and credit options
  • SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish Grammar (will not be taken with another course) (4 credits) 
  • SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish Grammar  (will not be taken with another course) (4 credits)
  • SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish Grammar (3 credits)
  • SPAN 205 Intermediate Conversation (may be taken with SPAN 201) (3 credits)
  • SPAN 300 Advanced Grammar Review and Composition I (3 credits)
  • SPAN 301 Advanced Grammar Review and Composition II (3 credits)
  • SPAN 305 Advanced Spanish Conversation (3 credits) May be taken with SPAN 205) 
  • SPAN 321 Latin American Civilization I (3 credits)
  • SPAN 331 Survey of Latin American Literature (3 credits)
  • SPAN 414 Commercial Spanish 
  • SPAN 421 Latin America Civilization II (3 credits)
  • SPAN 491 Topics in Spanish Literature and Culture (3 credits). Class content is different
  • SPAN 430 Literary Translation (3 credits) Taught by Dr.  Munoz (Valid also as SETI elective)
Please note: SPAN 101 and 102 are 4-credit courses, all other courses are 3 credits. 

Students can take two SPAN 491 courses in Mexico. SPAN 491, for majors, may be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits provided the course topics differ.
Students who have completed SPAN 202 or SPAN 205, need ONLY four classes (12 credits) for a Spanish MINOR. Students can take two of those four required classes at Universidad Internacional, Cuernavaca.

The Education Abroad office will enroll students in the course upon receipt of the registration.
Course descriptionMexico
The Universidad Internacional (UNINTER) has obtained Official Recognition for Higher Education Studies from the Mexican educational authorities. At UNINTER students will find parties, social and cultural activities, recreation, dance, football, and cooking classes. Students also have the advantage of the following services free of additional charges: Basic medical service with doctors, internet access at the university and at home, and daily round-trip transportation from the family home to the school, Spanish tutoring and a non-credit conversation class.

Students must follow the sequence stated in the VCU Spanish Program curriculum prerequisites and  co-requisites, from beginner to intermediate, from 300 to 400 levels. 

Students must be able to walk across uneven, sidewalks, cobblestone and other ground surfaces of Cuernavaca, and excursion sites.

Students must have at least a 2.0 GPA to register. Registrations will be accepted on a rolling basis. An academic letter of reference is not required.  This program is open to non-VCU students at the same cost of the program fee listed.
NOTE: Students who have failed two or more Spanish courses at VCU will be ineligible to participate in the program.
Accommodations and Mealscuernava diploma
Participants will have the opportunity to visit many cultural and tourist locations such as Taxco, the Teotihuacán pyramids, Anthropological Museum, the Frida Khalo’s house museum, the Palacio de Cortes, the grutas de Cacahuamilpa, and an aquatic place. Home stay with local families and three meals per day are arranged.
Airfare is not included. Participants are responsible for their own round-trip payment and travel arrangements from the U.S. to the Mexico City airport on June 22, where the group will meet to travel to Cuernavaca.  For best fares, accepted students are encouraged to purchase their tickets just after April 15, or as soon as the Program Director, Dr. Muñoz notifies you may purchase airfare.

NOTE: Participants must book their flights to and from Mexico City airport according to these schedules: On Friday, June 22/18: Arrive to Mexico City no later than 4:00 PM. On Saturday, July 21/18: Leave for USA after 10:00 AM. If Dr. Muñoz's flight itineraries is set for a different time, she will notify participants if they want to fly according to her itinerary. Prior to the program start date, Dr. Muñoz will give instructions to find the meet­ing point at the Mexico City airport on June 22. Dr. Munoz will send her flight itineraries if some want to travel with her from/to Richmond. If, at the end of the program on July 21, 2018, you want to stay longer in Mexico independent of VCU, you may schedule your own flight back to the United States.

Program director
The program is directed by Dr. Eugenia Muñoz, Professor in the VCU School of World Studies. Dr. Muñoz is a native Spanish speaker and has had experience in leading programs to Spain, Guatemala, and Mexico. This is her seventeenth consecutive year leading the program to Cuernavaca.
Questions for: Class options, pre-requisites, flights, general information about Mexico, write to Dr. Muñoz at:
Questions for: Program application, fees, financial aid, VCU billing, passport, write to: Simone A. Biasuzzi at:
Please note the current US Department of State travel advisory level for Mexico. For more information, please click here.

A valid passport is required to leave the US. If a student does not already have a passport, they are advised to begin the application process as soon as they are accepted into the program. The processing time for new passport applicants can be as long as 8 weeks. For students who already have passports, they will need to verify that the passport’s validity dates extend 6 months past their return date. For more information about passports and the application/renewal process, please consult the State Department's website.
Payment of fees
In order to complete the application, students are required to submit a $250 registration fee and deposit. This $250 registration fee and deposit is refundable in two cases: if the program is cancelled, or if a student is rejected by the faculty member based on their qualifications to participate in the program. Reasons for rejection could include, but are not limited to, GPA, lack of a pre-requisite, unacceptable or inappropriate statement of interest, etc. and are at the discretion of the faculty program director. However, if a student pays the fee and is not given final acceptance to the program based on failing to complete application requirements, as determined by the Education Abroad office or faculty director, the $250 is non-refundable.
Students will receive two separate charges to their student accounts for this program: one charge will reflect the balance of the program fee (minus the $250 deposit and application fee) and the other charge is for VCU tuition costs (based on the number and type of credits being taken by the student). These bills will be charged through VCU Student Accounting and should appear by May 2018.
Please note: While these charges may post to the student’s account simultaneously or separately, it is the student’s responsibility to make sure the account balance is paid before the billing due date.
Withdrawal procedures and financial commitment policy
All withdrawals must be made formally in writing and submitted to the Director of Education Abroad. Otherwise, the program fee will not be refunded. After committing to the program, students deciding to withdraw will be held accountable for a portion of or the entire program fee based on the following schedule:
  • Formal withdrawal submitted later than 30 days before the first day of the program abroad: 100% of the program fee will be charged
  • Formal withdrawal submitted within 30-60 days before the first day of the program abroad: 75% of the program fee will be charged
  • Formal withdrawal submitted within 60-90 days before the first day of the program abroad: 50% of the program fee will be charged
In the event an unexpected emergency occurs within 30 days before the first day of the program abroad, students must provide a physician’s certification that his/her condition prohibits participation. In this case, refunds will be limited to only those funds VCU is able to recover or that have not already been spent on behalf of the student.
See above for refund policy on $250 registration fee and deposit.
Travel health
Students should schedule an appointment with their physician or at a travel clinic (such as VCU Student Health) at least 4 to 8 weeks before the program to inquire about recommended and/or required vaccines/immunizations. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all routine and travel immunizations are up-to-date.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides information on recommended and required immunizations for travelers. To view the health risks and requirements for the country to which you will be traveling, please visit the CDC's website.
Health Alert:  Zika Virus
The CDC has issued a travel alert for countries where the Zika virus is prevalent.  Check the CDC’s travel notices regularly as new countries are being added to this list.  Check VCU Student Health to stay updated as well.

VCU Student Health offers in-depth pre-travel consultation with a health care provider as well as most of the vaccines recommended for safe travel. Prescriptions for recommended medicines are also available. Please visit their website for full details.


Every effort is made to provide updated and accurate information at the time of publication. The sponsors reserve the right to make necessary changes to the programs and costs. The university reserves the right to revise or alter all fees, regulations pertaining to student fees, and fee collection procedures at any time.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.

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