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Spanish Language and Culture for Bilingual Students
Oaxaca, Mexico (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Restrictions: UIC applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Country: Mexico City: Oaxaca
Mininum GPA: 2.5 Internships: No
Academic Areas:
Anthropology, Latin American and Latino Studies, Sociology, Spanish
Language of Instruction:
Program Description:

Spanish Language and Culture for Bilingual Students in Oaxaca, Mexico

June 18 - July 17, 2016

Deadline: March 17, 2017

Oaxaca photo

The UIC Oaxaca study abroad program is aimed towards heritage Spanish speaking students. This video shows a glimpse of what it would be like to study abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Program Description:

This program will provide the opportunity for bilingual Spanish students (those who have been in contact with Spanish through their homes or through extended periods in a Spanish- speaking country) to complete their language requirement or begin their major/minor courses in a diverse environment. Additionally, students will learn about the history, local cultural production and cinema of Oaxaca through the Instituto Cultural de Oaxaca. Field study forms a key part of the courses as students visit various parts of Oaxaca. Students will also partcipate in structured reflections about Latino identity in the U.S. and Mexico. Students will receive 6 or 7 UIC credit hours (depending on the coursework) upon successful completion of the program. Students will be required to attend two mandatory pre-departure in May. 

All students will take Oaxacan Culture class and choose one of the language courses:

  • Spanish for Bilinguals II (SPAN 114)
  • Spanish Grammar in Practice (SPAN 202)
  • Extensive Reading and Writing for Heritage Speakers of Spanish (SPAN 204)
  • Advanced Oral Presentation, Writing and Analysis (SPAN 303)
  • Spanish in Society (SPAN 363)
  • Independent Study (SPAN 399) 

Special Features

·        • Receive Spanish credit for SPAN 114, 202, 204, 303, 363 or 399 
• Field trips in and around Oaxaca
• Collaborate on academic projects with local Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca students

• Led by UIC Professor  Kim Potowski


Students will be housed with a local family. Breakfast and lunch will be provided daily


Students who have completed 12 hrs at UIC and in good academic standing. Students who are heritage speakers (have completed SPAN 113 or placed into SPAN 114, or SPAN 204 via the Spanish for Bilinguals Placement Test) are eligible to apply. Students may be required to have a pre-screening interview.


The program fee TBD includes tuition, housing, airport pickup, tour of Oaxaca, welcome lunch, study tours, cultural workshops, farewell dinner, and orientations, Additional expenses include airfare, international health insurance and personal expenses. Financial aid may be applied. Scholarships available. 

More information

For additinal information regarding this program, contact Irina Krymova
UIC Study Abroad Office, 502 UH , 312-413-7662 and Professor Potowski 

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***Final acceptance is determined by faculty leading the program***

***This program may be cancelled if minimum enrollment is not met***