“The Center for Foreign Education (ECE) is an educational institution of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) , whose original name was “Summer School”, founded by José Vasconcelos in 1921 with the mission to “universalize knowledge about Spanish language and Mexican culture as well as academic support Mexican communities abroad “. The experience accumulated in more than eight decades is reflected in its strong academic programs; UNECE has contributed to international recognition of the UNAM and has been a space for strengthening courses open to the general public extension” (Source:)
In partnership with the Centre for Foreign Education at the UNAM, the Spanish program at Saint Mary’s University has developed a Spanish summer school in Taxco (Mexico) where students will be immersed in an eight weeks program. During these eight week program students will live with a Mexican family, attend 120 hours of spanish classes (in accordance with their level of proficiency after a placement test), attend 40 hours of a Latin American Travel Literature class (with visits to national museums, libraries and archives) and experience 36 hours of experiential learning opportunities with a local community.
Taxco de Alarcón City is located 170 km from Mexico City in the state of Guerrero. It is a 17th Century baroque city in the middle of the mountains and was the most important centre of silver mining during the Spanish period and Independence. The state of Guerrero is one of the most diverse states in mexico in terms of gastronomy and cultural identity. Close to the famous Cuernavaca City and Acapulco beach is one of the hidden gems in Mexico, a perfect place to be immerse in Mexican culture and Spanish language.
CEPE Taxco campus is located in the old “Hacienda El Chorrillo” where the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés established one of his residences during the conquest and colony in New Spain (Today`s Mexico). It is also part of the UNAM Faculty of Fine Arts where Art students spend part of their training as plastic artists.
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