Study Spanish in Oaxaca, Mexico. Experience the colonial charms of this highland city surrounded by lush mountains and indigenous villages. Oaxaca is one of the most unique cities in Mexico, and is an ideal location for language immersion and exploring the pre-Hispanic past.
Mexico is a country of rich traditions and contrasting landscapes. A land of snow-capped peaks, expansive deserts, cool cloud forests, and the beauty of two coastlines, the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Gap year and semester abroad students will explore indigenous villages that still retain their native languages, and will stroll through colonial cities with their welcoming plazas and inviting architecture. Students will discover the ancient past of the pre-Hispanic cultures, such as the Maya and Aztec, still alive today in traditional festivals and in many aspects of contemporary Mexican life. Mexico is a perfect destination to study Spanish and explore a unique Latin American country.
Summer study abroad students can earn college credit while studying Spanish at the University of Oaxaca (UABJO - Benito Juarez Autonomous University of Oaxaca). Language classes and electives are offered by the prestigious language branch of the university. The university has a relaxed atmosphere, a spacious library, a computer center, and comfortable classroom space. The majority of classes at the university are taught in Spanish, although a select few are taught in English.
Summer study abroad students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of cultural activities, excursions, and volunteer/community service work. Cultural activities include visiting the Santo Domingo Cathedral and numerous art galleries, participating in dance classes, exploring organic food markets, engaging in yoga and cooking classes, taking the Oaxaca City Tour, experiencing the Day of the Dead Festival and the Guelaguetza Folk Dance Celebration, and enjoying movie nights and a theater night. Gap year and semester abroad students will also travel to the Bahias de Huatulco Pacific Beach, Monte Alban Pre-Hispanic Ruins, the Hierve al Agua Mountain Springs, the Mitia Pyramids, and Saint James Monastery. Other excursions include hiking Sierra Norte Mountain, horseback riding, and rock climbing. Sol Abroad encourages all students to volunteer during their study abroad experience. Students have the opportunity to volunteer with the Reforestation Volunteer Program, whose goal is to create sustainable forests that will secure their livelihood as artisans in the future.