- 18 years of age or above
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
- 2.5 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application review
- Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program
- Completion of Spanish 003 or equivalent
Embark on a transformative journey of cultural immersion in the heart of Mexico with our summer program based in Puebla. Our mission is to dispel cultural stereotypes through authentic experiences, allowing students to delve into the vibrant tapestry of Mexican life. The program is structured around an exploration of the arts, culture, and history of central Mexico, providing students with a rich academic context for their studies.
One of the unique features of this program is the opportunity to earn 9 credits in just 6 weeks. Through intensive language courses and engaging cultural study, students rapidly develop their language proficiency while gaining a deep understanding of Mexican culture. Our carefully curated curriculum ensures a dynamic and interactive learning environment.
Living with carefully selected Mexican families, students are fully immersed in the language and daily life, accelerating their language acquisition, and fostering genuine connections with the local community.
Puebla, a city that beautifully blends a large urban center with a small-town atmosphere, serves as our home base. Established by the Spaniards in 1532, the city bears the marks of Spanish colonial architecture while also proudly showcasing its pre-Columbian heritage. Puebla is renowned for its safety, diversity, and cultural richness. It's a vibrant hub of contemporary artists and cultural activities, making it an ideal backdrop for our program.
Classes are taught by both Penn State faculty and local instructors, scheduled four days a week. This schedule provides ample time for long weekends, enabling students to independently explore the rich tapestry of Mexico beyond the structured program. Join us for a transformative summer filled with academic growth, cultural immersion, and unforgettable experiences. You can visit the Puebla website for more information.
Summer: May 10 - June 19, 2024
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
The Education Abroad Office awards a number of grants and scholarships to students who participate in an education abroad program through Penn State Global. The application for the scholarships awarded through the Education Abroad Office is included with your program application. Eligibility is based on academic merit and/or financial need. You must have a current FAFSA on file to be awarded. There are additional scholarship opportunities through our partner universities, Penn State Academic Departments, and other sources. To view a full list of scholarships, eligibility requirements, and deadlines visit Funding Study Abroad.
Penn State students who plan to study on a Penn State approved program can use most forms of financial aid towards the cost of the program. Exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships. If you have specific questions regarding your aid awards, contact the Penn State Office of Student Aid.
Withdrawal & Refund Policy
Withdrawal and refund details are dependent on the timing and reason for your withdrawal from a Penn State Education Abroad Program. For specific details and steps on how to withdraw, read the Education Abroad Policies.
Once a student has committed to a Penn State Education Abroad program, they are financially responsible for any fees incurred on their behalf. Therefore, if a student plans to withdraw from a program it is their responsibility to immediately notify the Education Abroad office, in writing; email is preferred.
Regardless of the timing or reason for the withdrawal, the student will be responsible for paying the Education Abroad Administrative Fees. For faculty-led freestanding programs, there is a specific withdrawal penalty schedule.
Education Abroad makes every attempt at keeping the program and administrative costs to a minimum. However, when you commit to participating in a program, Education Abroad begins to make financial commitments on your behalf. In case of withdrawal, the following fees will be charged to your Bursar account
Upon Commitment - 90 Days Prior to Departure: 25% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee
30 - 89 Days Prior to Departure: 50% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee
29 Days - Departure Date: 100% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee
Following the start of the summer semester, any adjustment of tuition charges will be made according to the Tuition Adjustment Schedule as determined by the Office of the Bursar. More information can be found on the University Senate Policy on Withdrawal and Leave of Absence.
If a student withdraws after the start of a program, any adjustment of Penn State tuition charges will be made according to the Tuition Adjustment Schedule as determined by the Office of the Bursar. Students may be responsible for up to 100% of program costs. In most cases, partial credit cannot be awarded for leaving a program before its successful completion.
After the Start of the Program
For additional information on withdrawal policies, separate and apart from financial consequences, please consult the University Senate Policy on Withdrawal and Leave of Absence.