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BU Exchange - Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa, Mexico
Xalapa, Mexico (Outgoing Program)
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Spring 2020 11/02/2019 11/16/2019 01/21/2020 05/08/2020
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Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
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Recommended Academic Area:
Anthropology, Spanish
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Class Eligibility:
graduate, junior, senior, sophomore second semester
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Universidad Veracruzana

Learn Spanish and the Culture of Mexico in beautiful Veracruz, Mexico!


Although many students from the USA study at the Universidad Veracruzana, you will need to be aware of any possible risks involved. Please know that some risk is involved in every location, including Bloomsburg. The Office of Global Education is continually evaluating any safety issues. State Department Information

The Program

Universidad Veracruzana is one of the largest (enrollment 71,000) and most important universities in the southeast region of Mexico and has a good projection in all Mexico.

BU students can study Spanish at the Escuela para Estudiantes Extranjeros (EEE), founded in 1957. It is one of the many schools operated under the auspices of the Universidad Veracruzana, which forms part of the longest and most venerable educational traditions in the country. It is a part of the International Office, and its mission is to contribute to the enrichment of the international dimension of the university facilitating courses and programs for foreign institutions through non-degree programs for students. The International Programs offered by the School include Language and Culture courses, Programs for International Students and Special Programs.

The EEE, with its long tradition in meeting the academic and social needs of foreign students, offers the opportunity to study Spanish and learn about Latin American culture. EEE offers a first-class academic program tailored to meet individual needs, as well as an enriching cultural environment. The EEE offers six levels of Spanish. Students take an online placement test or oral test, and then they are assigned to the level best suited their needs. EEE is especially accommodating for the needs of students for whom Spanish is a heritage language, and who wish to develop their linguistic and cultural skills.

The activities of the EEE are centered in Xalapa, the capital city of Veracruz. With a population of more than 400,000, Xalapa is home of the main campus of the University, which has four other campuses in different parts of the state.

In addition to Spanish language courses, students may also study Mexican History, History of Art in Mexico, Mexican Culture and Archaeology, all taught in English:

Prehispanic Civilizations:
The program of this course concerns with a long period of time which begins when small groups of hunters and gatherers from the center and north of Asia; behind the pleistocene fauna, arrives to the American continent, and finished with the fall of Aztec Empire, by hands of his enemies, ruled by Hernán Cortés in 1521. The students will increase their knowledge on the Ancient Civilizations of America thinking them as part of the history of the mankind. This knowledge can be useful in the understanding of the current sociocultural diversity.

Mexican Culture and Civilization:
The course will highlight the most important facts and processes of almost five centuries of history. The course will focus on the evolution of the main indigenous groups that inhabited Mexico prior to conquest, and then the Spaniards and Black populations. We will underline the various ethnic groups participation during different time periods and their relationship with the Mestizos (Mixed populations) and the official Government leading up to today. We will finish the course by analyzing the ethnic participation in the Zapatist movement after 1994 and how the Mexican politics, economy and government have changed since then.

Doing Business in Mexico:
The objective of this course is that students know the real Mexican business environment, such as the problems of the Mexican companies, the new free trade agreements signed by Mexico, the programs offered by the Government to support Mexican companies and finally the customs to make business in Mexico.


The cost of studying at the Universidad Veracruzana can be less expensive than studying in Bloomsburg.

  • Tuition: Tuition is paid to Bloomsburg University; tuition is waived at the Universidad Veracruzana. 
  • Accommodations: Family Stay $3,000 (estimate) / semester. See "Accommodations" below.
  • Meals: included in family stay.
  • See the budget sheet above.

The EEE strongly encourages family stays, which they arrange. Otherwise, you can find furnished and unfurnished apartments. Prices vary depending on location, size and quality. It is the participant's responsibility to arrange renting a house or an apartment. Special Programs and Services can provide a list of available departments in the city. This option is not conducted or supervised by the International Office or the School for Foreign Students. This means that students are responsible for making arrangements lodging with the landlord. Renting a furnished apartment costs between $200 USD and $450 USD a month.

The City of Xalapa

Xalapa, or Jalapa (pop. about 400,000), is the capital city of the Mexican state of Veracruz. Situated in the foothills of Macuiltepetl, 220 miles from Mexico City and surrounded by cloud-covered forests, the capital of Veracruz is an unforgettable place to visit. Xalapa Enriquez (its official name) is perennially draped in mist, giving it an enchanting, mystical atmosphere and inspiring countless legends among the locals. Xalapa's unique charm also comes from its winding alleys and historic monuments. Xalapa, known in Mexico as the "Athens of Veracruz," is very much the university town: at the center of its cultural life is the Universidad Veracruzana (Veracruzan University), an important educational center for music, theater, dance, the visual arts and other art forms. Xalapa is also an important culinary center. The city is also known for its many gardens and parks, which remain perennially green and vibrant thanks to the area's humidity. Hotels in Xalapa visibly benefit from this weather, their grounds boasting rich and beautiful vegetation all year round.

In all your travels abroad, please check the US State Department's Travel Warning site for the latest information: State Department Travel Warnings:
Veracruz: Exercise caution when traveling in the state of Veracruz. The state of Veracruz continues to experience violence among rival criminal organizations. Mexican federal security forces continue to assist state and local security forces in providing security and combating organized crime.


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