University of Guadalajara – Puerto Vallarta
Study in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: 2014 – 2016
Intensive Spanish Language & Mexican Culture
5 hrs per day / 25 hrs per wk / 100 hrs per month
2 wks: $795 / 4 wks: $1395 / 6 wks: $1895 USD
Minimum age 16 yrs
The program in Puerto Vallarta was opened in 1994 for studies in Spanish language and Mexican culture. Located in downtown Puerto Vallarta, the program offers the opportunity to study Spanish and enjoy the excitement and sunny beaches. All classes are taught in Spanish and all students are encouraged to be involved in supportive group immersion. Emphasis on oral expression (conversation), vocabulary development, listening comprehension, and complemented by reading and writing. All levels are offered. Students take a placement test upon arrival to determine ability. Minimum age is 16 yrs.
Puerto Vallarta lies nestled between the rugged Sierra Madre mountains and the sparkling Pacific Ocean, along the shores of “Bahia de Banderos”, Mexico’s largestbay. It’s immense popularity among international travelers – some 2 million visitors per year – may be attributed to the beauty of its natural surroundings, the availability of a wide array of recreational activities, the warmth of its people, and its easy accessibility by air, land or sea.
“Bahia de Banderos” is blessed with an excellent climate and a string of spectacular beaches. In this tropical paradise you will find everything you could ask for in a seaside resort: luxury hotels and quaint inns, restaurants for all tastes and budgets, typical markets, upscale boutiques, art galleries, every type of water sports, and a thriving nightlife. All of this lends Puerto Vallarta a unique enchantment all its own. A fun place to study Spanish.
Spanish Language – all levels: beginning, intermediate, advanced. Super Intensive Course: 5 hours of Spanish per day. All students take a placement test to determine Spanish level. Classes are divided into 2-hour blocks from 8:00 am – 2 pm and 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The University of Guadalajara is a fully accredited Mexican University. Students may earn 3 credits for each 40 hours.
Spanish 1: Basic Spanish language course for beginners, and divided into two levels based upon previous study. Introduction to Spanish grammar, composition, pronunciation, and conversation.
Spanish 2: Intermediate language course. Practice in speaking and oral comprehension. Includes: grammar, syntax, gender, verb tenses, vocabulary building, compositions, reading and conversation.
Spanish 3: Advanced Spanish course. This course covers more complex syntax, grammar, composition, reading and conversation. Students read newspapers and magazines.
Class group sizes are no more than 15 students. This allows more personal attention and to encourage more interaction in the classroom. Super Intensive sessions last for 2 weeks, with 5 hrs per day, 25 hrs per week (50 hrs total). Morning and afternoon classes, Monday – Friday. Learning is based on the Communicative Approach, without losing sight on grammatical accuracy. Spanish language courses are taught in Spanish and are designed to help students acquire fluency and sufficient communicative skills to cope with any situation they are likely to encounter. On arrival, all students are tested for both written and spoken competence, and are then assigned to the most appropriate level. There are 10 levels offered which are divided into 3 areas (mentioned above).
Housing is provided with a Host Family – single room, 3 meals per day. Cost $150 USD per week / $550 per month.
Host families are carefully screened, and are middle to upper income households that have hosted international visitors before.
You can arrange your own housing if you prefer, just let us know.
Students earn 4 – 6 credits per month. Intensive program of 4 hours
daily, 20 hours per week. 1-2 credits per week.
Yes, you can use your financial aid on this program. Please have your Financial Aid office e-mail us a “Consortium Agreement” to complete and sign. CSA does not offer any scholarships or financial aid, we can only assist you in using your home school’s financial aid on this program.
The earlier the better, since it takes time to process. Overall, CSA does not offer any financial aid, we can only assist you in obtaining and using your aid from your home school on these program.
Dates and Fees
* Spanish Language & Culture
* 5 hrs per day / 25 hrs per week
* Sessions are every 2 weeks
* Minimum age is 16 yrs
2014 Start Dates: All Levels
|Oct 28||Nov 11, 26|
2015 Start Dates: All Levels
|Jan 5,19||Feb 3, 16||Mar 2, 17|
|Apr 13, 27||May 12||Jun 1, 15, 29|
|Jul 13, 27||Aug 17, 31||Sept 14, 28|
|Oct 13, 26||Nov 9, 23||Dec 7|
2016 Start Dates: All Levels
|Jan 4,18||Feb 1, 16||Mar 1,15,29|
|Apr 25||May 17, 30||Jun 13, 27|
|Jul 11,25||Aug 15, 29||Sept 12, 26|
|Oct 10, 24||Nov 7, 21|
NOTE: Dates will be re-confirmed on your confirmation documents.
FEES – U.S. Dollars (USD)
Addtl 2 weeks = $500 USD extra every 2 weeks – housing is not included (extra).
Open to all students and adults. Minimum age is 16 yrs. Passport required.
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