This study abroad introduces students to many of the most important cultural, economic, and social issues surrounding language and diversity as they relate to Latino populations, now the largest ethnic group in the U.S. We explore the City of Eternal Spring, Cuernavaca, Mexico, as our main location, with site visits in nearby Mexico City and the Magical Town of Tepoztlan. Students will learn about the relationship between schools and society in terms of diversity and language, studying Spanish daily in a way that weaves local cultural issues into language study. We partner with a social-justice oriented language institute. We also have a field-experience in a local school which does highly transformative work with marginalized youth based on an indigenous knowledge model. This program will help participants improve understandings for how to work with Latina/os, marginalized youth, and to think more broadly about schooling. All skills learned will help make participants more marketable in
Atlanta and Georgia as we continue to experience an influx of Latino--especially Mexican--populations.
There may be a few class sessions prior to departure, where the program's coursework will be discussed,
and students will receive important pre-departure information about health, safety & insurance.
There may also be at least one class session held after returning to Atlanta for debriefing. Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.
Mexico City - (May 8-9) Students explore this world-class city, including the Frida Kahlo Museum, a political action museum, historic and picturesque Coyoacán, as well as downtown Mexico City.
Cuernavaca - (May 10-23) Students visit a service-learning school site based in indigenous knowledge and immediately begin Spanish classes by proficiency level. Students learn from various guest speakers and with site visits to museums covering thousands of years of Mexican history, and visits to contemporary artisan markets. Students may also explore Mexico's diverse food scene and additional museums and markets.
Tepoztlan - (May 16) Students hike to an indigenous ceremonial pyramid (optional) in this nationally designated Magical Town, known for its lovely rustic architecture and indigenous sense of self-preservation. The trip includes a visit a local market, a regional historic convent and history museum, and they make final preparations to return home.
Participants will stay in a comfortable, double-occupancy bedroom with a caring Mexican family near the school in Cuernavaca. The host family receives regular training regarding the school's approach to learning and caring for guests and helps students both learn about Mexico and practice their Spanish.
In order to participate in any study abroad program students must be in Good Academic Standing which is defined at Georgia State University as a cumulative 2.0 GPA for Undergraduate students and 3.0 GPA for Graduate students. Please note that study abroad program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director. Non-GSU students must follow their institution's regulations concerning transfer credits.
- Transient students should visit the
Transient Student tab on the How to Apply page of our website
- International students at Georgia State who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at
(404) 413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status.
Participants who successfully complete the program's courses will receive 3
semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Undergraduate students should register for EDUC 3333
and graduate students should register for EDUC 7777
. Students from other institutions should follow their institution's regulations concerning transfer credits.
Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $2,770, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Nonresident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.
Program Cost Includes:
- Round-trip airfare
- Homestay accommodations
- All ground transportation, excursions and entrance fees
- All meals
- Hotel in Mexico City
- Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include:
- Georgia State tuition and fees
- Passport or visa fees
- Public transportation in Cuernavaca
- Excess baggage charges and tips
- Personal expenses
- Travel not associated with the program
January 15, 2020: $500 Deposit with application
February 1, 2020: $1500
February 15, 2020: $770
Early April: Program Fee posted to PAWs
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Georgia State University students may use any financial aid they currently receive for the term they study abroad, including: Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and PLUS loans), Perkins Loan, HOPE Scholarship, and other scholarships. Please note: due to federal regulations, these funds are not available in time to use for your initial payments!
Georgia State University students may be eligible for the IEF Scholarship
and the International Access Scholarship
- Meet the eligibility requirements
- Are accepted into a program
- Pay a deposit by the deposit deadline
will be considered for these scholarships based upon the program application they submit. Visit the scholarship page on our website
or stop by the Study Abroad Programs Office for advisement to learn more about
other scholarship opportunities
& financial aid for study abroad
Study Abroad Advising
Interested in studying abroad, but not quite sure where to get started? Meeting with a Peer Advisor
is your first step in studying abroad! All of our Peer Advisors have study abroad experience and can help you define your goals for studying abroad and point you to resources to make your study abroad experience a success. After you meet with a Peer Advisor to learn the basics about studying abroad, you are eligible to come in to meet with a Study Abroad Advisor
during walk-in advising hours. Study Abroad Advisors are here to guide you through the entire study abroad process, from choosing a program and applying to scholarships to making sure you're readjusting to life back on campus when you return. To view our current advising schedule, please visit our website
Study Abroad Programs Office
Georgia State University
Dahlberg Hall, 3rd Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303