January – March, 2024
CECM is the University of Guadalajara’s world renowned Centre for Foreign Students, dedicated to teaching Spanish to visiting international students. Our partnership with CECM allows our students to earn U of S credits for a selection of language and culture courses taught at CECM.
- U of S students will take 5 courses and earn 15 U of S credit units.
- Your program fee includes the cost of home-stay accommodation and three meals daily.
- You will live with a family among CECM’s roster of 250 vetted and approved families located in the “La Minerva” neighbourhood in a single occupancy room.
Home-stay provides a wonderful opportunity to enhance your language learning by staying in an immersion environment. Through homestay, you will also experience Mexican family life and get a better sense of the city’s society and culture. CECM also organizes a series of optional excursions to other cities and sites of special interest, available at extra cost.
Here are a couple of quotations from our past student participants:
“I would definitely encourage other students to take part in a term abroad program. Living abroad opens your mind by taking you out of your comfort zone and showing you a new world and a new way of living. Having new and strange experiences teaches you not only about others, but about yourself, and how to be a more knowledgeable and compassionate person. Plus, it’s a whole lot of fun!”
~ Fourth Year, English Major
“The most positive aspect of my experience was…EVERYTHING! I would highly recommend this program to anyone who is interested in a fun, educational and memorable term abroad!”
All of the identified course numbers are for U of S courses. Please see the Course and Program Catalogue for course descriptions and prerequisites.
Students will select U of S language courses appropriate to their needs and based on the results of their placement exams, chosen from:
- SPAN 202;
- SPAN 204;
- SPAN 214;
- SPAN 217;
- SPAN 314;
- SPAN 317;
- Specialized language courses*:
Options for cultural courses* :
- SPAN 275.3: Business Spanish;
- SPAN 325.3: Advanced Spanish Writing.
- SPAN 235.3: Mexican Culture;
- SPAN 335.3: Mexican Cinema;
- SPAN 375.3: Contemporary Mexican Literature;
- SPAN 385.3: Hispanic Literature: 20th Century Masters.
*Availability of each of the specialized language and culture courses in any particular session is subject to there being sufficient demand (among all CECM students, not just those from the UofS). Class sizes are small.
The courses offered at CECM are offered over 4 weeks (labelled “semi-intensive”) or 2 weeks (labelled “intensive”). Your program will include two semi-intensive sessions (during which 2 courses are taken concurrently) and one intensive session (during which only one course will be taken). Language courses at all levels are available during each session.
To be eligible for acceptance to the CECM Spanish Term Abroad Program students
- are required to have a minimum Cumulative Weighted Average (C.W.A.) of 65% and a C.W.A in Spanish of 70%
- must have completed or be in the process of completing 30 credit units at the time of application
- must complete 6-9 credit units of Spanish prior to departure
- must meet individual course prerequisites, please see the U of S course catalogue
- U of S Tuition (15 credit units - Tuition Category 1)
- Program Fees* (including CECM registration fee, home-stay accommodations and meals): approximately $3,000 US dollars
*The above fees do not cover the following costs of participation:
- your return airfare and local transportation costs
- travel and medical insurance
- study materials (including textbooks), personal expenditure and optional field trips organized by CECM
Accommodation fees, priced in US dollars, are established by CECM and are subject to change. The amount quoted is based on 2020-21 prices and can be expected to increase.
- The program deposit of $500, payable by money order or cheque only, will be due upon receiving your official acceptance letter into the program. This deposit is non-refundable after September 15.
- Balance (Guadalajara accommodations): payable in full by November 1 (just prior to departure).
$500 program deposit is non-refundable after September 15. In the event of early termination, U of S and CECM refund policies apply.
All students accepted to participate in the program will receive the $1000 Global Engagement Scholarship to help offset costs related to studying abroad. Eligible UofS students may apply for funding. For further information please visit:
Arts and Science students who have been accepted to the CECM Spanish Term Abroad program are eligible to receive approximately $2000, or more, from the James Barney Smythe International Travel Award. Funding is based on academic achievement and financial need.
The Global Skills Opportunity award (funded by Global Skills Opportunity, the Government of Canada’s
outbound mobility pilot program) provides all Canadian undergraduate students in Arts and Science with a
minimum of $550.
- Students for whom international experiences have traditionally been less accessible: specifically Indigenous students, students from low-income backgrounds and those with disabilities, may be eligible to receive up to $3,000
Living in Guadalajara
Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco State, was founded in 1542. It is Mexico’s second largest city (population approximately 1.6 million). Guadalajara is renowned for the vitality of its cultural and social life. A major centre for information technology, Guadalajara is among the leaders in economic growth in Mexico.
The city is also centrally-located, relative to other cities and sites of interest. Though students can find everything they could possibly need in the blocks around CECM, they will also find that exploring the other neighbourhoods of Guadalajara is quite easy to do.
A ten to fifteen minute bus ride will take students from CECM to the gorgeous historical centre of Guadalajara where they can visit important historical sites, wander the markets and sample inexpensive and authentic Mexican food. Museums abound with discounts for students carrying a CECM student ID card.
Just fifteen minutes in the other direction and students will find themselves in attractive Tlaquepaque, an artisinal neighbourhood where students can people-watch, buy traditional goods, and of course eat Guadalajara’s famous crusty-bread "drowned" sandwich, tortas ahogadas!
Weekend excursions may be organized by CECM to provide opportunities to enjoy many nearby attractions.