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Mexico: Experiential Learning in Colonial Mexico

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Program Type

  • OHIO Credit

Academic Focus

  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Leadership and Community Engagement


  • Mexico

Program Term

  • Spring Break

For more information contact:

Dr. Michele Clouse
Program Director


Dr. Marlene De La Cruz-Guzman 
Program Co-Director


Global Opportunities




Guanajuato has a bustling market that sells everything from nopales and fruit, clothes, souvenirs, and even live birds. The streets are always overflowing with people navigating through the underground tunnels or cutting through secret alleyways to get from one area of the city to another. The view from El Pípila (the statue commemorating the city as the home of Mexican Independence) standing watch over the city is phenomenal! 

This colonial city is nestled in a valley surrounded by volcanoes. It’s unique soil content created a bit of a buzz when an old cemetery was dug up and a number of naturally mummified bodies were discovered. Those bodies are now housed in the Museo de las Momias - a must see attraction for all city visitors. 

Beautiful architectural features line the city streets and include the university (f. 1732), the Teatro Juárez, complete with Doric columns and velvet walls, and the seventeenth-century Basílica de Nuestra Señora, which houses the oldest piece of Christian art in Mexico. Mexico’s famed painter and activist, Diego Rivera, was born in this city. The city also hosts the annual international festival held in honor of Cervantes and has a fantastic museum of all things Quixote - from postage stamps to chess sets. The city is also home to La Valenciana (f. 1558), one of the most productive silver mines in the country’s history. The city even boasts its own Romeo and Juliet story, centered around the Callejón del Beso. 

These are just a few of the things you will experience during your time in this enchanting city! 

underground water
La Gruta, a hot spring featuring thermal water caves is one of many excursions included in this program.


Living Arrangements 

Shared occupancy housing in centrally located hotels/hostels.  

Program Dates 

Spring Break - Please monitor this page for updates regarding upcoming program dates about 2022.

Study Away and COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, participation in study away and abroad involves real and potential personal, financial, and academic risk. The CDC advises that you should delay travel until you are vaccinated. Note that entry to some countries and participation in local program and free-time activities, including in the U.S., may be severely restricted or potentially unavailable to unvaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated travelers should additionally expect to incur extra expenses and onsite logistical challenges due to onsite testing requirements. For further information, contact ogoriskmanagement@ohio.edu


Students will earn a total of 3 credit hours, choosing from one of the courses below:

  • HIST 2900: Special Topics in History (3 credits)
  • UC 2900: Special Topics in University College (3 credits)


Please monitor this page for updated information regarding the program fee.

In addition to the program fee, students should plan for 3 credit hours of tuition*, administrative fee, and out-of-pocket costs. A student budget worksheet for this program will be posted here.

  • An itemized Student Budget Worksheet will be published when the next travel dates are available.

Items that are not related to the program (ie. additional entertainment, souvenirs, extra travel, contingency funds) are not included in the cost estimates provided and should be budgeted for separately.  


  • Non-resident surcharge waived for the credit hours associated with this program. 
  • If you are nominated to this program, you will be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation. The deposit is a down payment on the total costs to be billed by OHIO and is determined by the total cost of the program. 
  • For programs completed over winter-break and spring break, the credit-hours associated with the program are part of the spring semester. Students taking between 12 to 20 Athens campus hours, including those associated with the program, will not incur additional tuition costs for the spring semester. Students taking less than 12 or more than 20 Athens campus credits for the spring term will see their tuition charge adjusted accordingly.  

Funding Opportunities 

More information on financial aid and scholarships can be found on our funding pages.

Eligibility and Requirements 

This program is open to all undergraduate students, regardless of major, with a minimum 2.0 grade-point average or above. 

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy 

This program accepts NON-OHIO students. For more information about this process visit the Non-OHIO student page.   

Participants must have a at least a high school diploma or the equivalent (e.g. GED) by the start date of the program to be considered for eligibility.  Students enrolled in College Credit Plus (CC+) are not eligible for study away programs.

Entry and Exit Requirements 

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year,  apply for your passport  now. Some countries also require a visa to legally enter or reside in the country.

U.S. citizens  will not  need a visa or other special document to enter the country for the length of this program. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to this program. 

For more specific visa related information, please visit OGO’s  Visa Information Page 

Information for  Non-U.S. citizens  can be found  here