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  • Locations: Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Program Terms: Winter Term
  • Restrictions: Oberlin applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
WT Program Focus: Academic Focus
Program Description:
PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The purpose is to become as fluent as possible in Spanish. With this goal in mind, students take classes at the Instituto Mexicano-Americano de Cultura (IMAC) during the day, while living with host-families. On weekends, students go on cultural excursions around the state of Jalisco. The Instituto Mexico-Americano de Cultura (IMAC) has been hosting Oberlin students for the winter term period for 40 years. This intensive program has historically allowed many students to use Winter Term to advance a semester’s worth of classes in the Spanish language sequence (e.g., a student who has completed HISP 101 at Oberlin may take intensive 102 in Guadalajara and may, upon her/his return enter 202.) In order to “skip” a level, students have to achieve at least an A on the final exam of the level they wish to skip. The Department of Hispanic Studies will administer the appropriate exams to all interested students upon their return to campus.
  • Classes will be held on weekdays from 9a - 1p, with a special session focused on Conversation from 1p - 2p. Together, there will be a total of 25 contact hours per week.
  • This project will include homestays with a Mexican family. There will be one student per host family. During the homestay you'll receive 3 daily meals as well as a cooking class from your hosts one day each week.  
  • There are also three full-day weekend excursions to nearby towns and one-half day walking tour of historic Guadalajara. Meals during the excursions are not included.
  • On the last day of the project, there will be a Mexican Fiesta from 2p - 6p. The fiesta will include a Mexican buffet, live entertainment and music beverages.
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PROJECT LEARNING GOALS:
  • Broaden knowledge of and appreciation for the variety of ways (incl. scientific, humanistic, aesthetic, behavioral) that knowledge is constructed 
  • Deepen understanding of specific fields while building capacity to create new knowledge, approaches or creative work in those areas 
ESTIMATED NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS:
  • 18
PROJECT FEE:
  • TBA
PROJECT DATES:
Departure: January 2, 2020
Return: January 25, 2020

PROJECT LOCATIONS:
  • Guadalajara, México (Jalisco State)
PROJECT SPONSOR:
Prof. Sergio Gutierrez-Negron (sgutierr@oberlin.edu)

Oberlin College Deadlines (please confirm host program deadlines):
Oberlin College Deadlines (please confirm host program deadlines):
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Term 2020 10/18/2019 ** Rolling Admission 01/02/2020 01/25/2020

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