Summer in Mexico

Experience a summer in Mexico in Cuernavaca, where you will study Spanish abroad at the top language school Universidad Internacional.

We offer a world-famous language program with immersive cultural classes. The site of Summer in Mexico has received accolades from the New York Times as one of the top language schools in the world. The exceptional curriculum, individualized student attention, and immersion opportunities both in and out of the classroom are second to none. Study Spanish abroad in Mexico- what better place to learn the language?

We’ve got the experience and answers you’re looking for. At CISabroad, all our advisors have studied or lived abroad, and we can help you make the most of your experience.  Mexico is a gem, and whether you want advice on a vacation on the coast, the local cuisine, or finding a mentor to help you prepare for your program, we are here to help you every step of the way.

We’ve got one of the most affordable study abroad programs in Mexico.  Summer in Mexico is the most affordable summer study abroad program in Cuernavaca. It’s a high-quality program that won’t break your piggy bank. As fellow travelers and study abroad junkies, we know you need to save money, and we want you to have extra pesos for shopping, traveling, and exploring when you spend your summer abroad in Mexico!


Spend your summer abroad in Mexico studying at Universidad Internacional, ranked by the New York Times as one of the top language schools in the world. When you study abroad in Mexico, opportunities abound for you to immerse yourself in Mexican culture, make international friends, and learn Spanish abroad in and out of the classroom. You’ll experience:

A beautiful climate- Temperatures rarely leave the mid-70s, making Cuernavaca the perfect place to study abroad.

Spanish language classes, field trips, and intercultural activities – As a study abroad student on Summer in Mexico, your educational experience will encompass a wide variety of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom.  

Individualized academic attention- You will enjoy Spanish classes abroad of no more than five students, so you can be sure you’re learning the language effectively!

An exciting city- Cuernavaca boasts beautiful architecture, bustling nightlife, and a vibrant atmosphere that have made it a popular travel destination.

A robust social scene on campus – Summer in Mexico offers  international students many social opportunities. You can join an organization and meet other students through sports, cooking classes, a language conversation club, or dance classes.  There are enough clubs and activities to keep you engaged for a year, never mind the summer.

Amazing excursions at no extra cost – Summer in Mexico includes 2 day trips outside of Cuernavaca.

Our Summer in Mexico summer study abroad program provides a great study abroad experience in a beautiful location! Here are a few of the key highlights you'll get when you study abroad in Mexico:

  • Study Spanish abroad at Universidad Internacional, rated by the New York Times as one of the world’s best language schools
  • Live in the beautiful city of Cuernavaca, with its mild spring temperatures
  • An individualized academic approach
  • Spanish classes for every level and proficiency
  • Fellow international students from all over the world
  • Opportunities to be immersed in Mexican culture
  • Two day trips included in the program
  • Live in a homestay and be provided with three delicious meals a day
  • Tons of activities and ways to get involved both on the campus and in the city


You will have the chance to take two day trips during your summer in Mexico to see some of the other parts of Mexico. You may be visiting:

This incredible archaeological site was built in 200 BC, and was once the biggest city in Mesoamerica. Come view huge pyramidal structures, the famed Avenue of the Dead, and numerous colorful murals.

Mexico City
Enjoy exploring the world’s third largest city! You can see everything from modern museums, galleries, and concert halls to ancient Aztec temple ruins. Be sure to check out the Metropolitan Cathedral and the largest park within a city in the world during your trip to Mexico City.

Xochicalco is one of the most important archaeological sites in Mexico, and has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was built around 700 AD, and was believed to be a key ceremonial center. While at the site, visit Xochicalco’s amazing astronomical observatory situated in a cave.

Summer in Mexico takes place at Universidad Internacional, the only university in the world that was born from a Spanish-language school. The University holds strong to its roots as a world leader in language learning. You can develop your Spanish-language proficiency and take classes ranging from art to education to psychology to political science, all of which are taught in Spanish.   

Summer in Mexico is offered during 2 summer sessions, each of which includes 4 weeks of intensive Spanish-language study worth 4 US credits. It’s a full-immersion program that’s perfect for all levels of Spanish. All classes are taught in Spanish and are tailored to your level of proficiency.  

Classes run Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Each day includes 3 hours of Spanish classes, 2 hours of Latin American history and culture or grammar (beginners in Spanish will be required to take grammar), and 1 hour of cultural lectures or conversation. You can take additional enrichment classes in the afternoons at no extra cost.

GPA Required: 2.5. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact An Advisor" button on this page or call us to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.

How to choose your courses

Now the fun part! As part of the application process you will be required to complete the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet found in the CISabroad Application Page. The following instructions will guide you through the steps of choosing your courses for the Language, Culture, and International Studies program.  

Course load: 

Option 1:  Intensive Spanish Language, 4 weeks, 4 credits (Session 1 or Session 2)

Option 2:  Intensive Spanish Language, 8 weeks, 8 credits (Session 1 and Session 2)

Course approval: On Summer in Mexico, written and oral placement exams given during the orientation will assess your level of Spanish so you can be enrolled in the appropriate class.

You should get all summer program classes preapproved by your home institution. If you are taking Latin American courses, it’s best to get more than you need approved to give yourself flexibility. Consider filling your elective requirements. Pay close attention to the language level required for each course, as all courses are taught in Spanish. Beginning Spanish speakers need to stick with 100- and 200-level courses.  

Course descriptions and catalog: Click here to view all courses offered.

Choose only courses that are not marked with an asterisk.

Helpful information

Weekly Schedule Details

Intensive Spanish Language Class (3 hrs) 

After a brief entrance exam and oral interview with a Spanish professor, you will be placed in a small group according to your previous level of Spanish fluency, your ability to communicate, and your interests. No more than 5 students are assigned to a professor. This guarantees the individual attention you need and encourages interaction among the group. You’ll focus on 4 main skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. 

Latin American or Grammar Courses (2 hrs) 

This flexible option lets you choose from an assortment of classes—all taught in Spanish—in the following areas: art, business, education, history, Latin-American studies, linguistics, literature, political science, psychology, religion, and Spanish grammar. 

Cultural Lectures, Idiomatic Expressions, or Conversation (1 hr) 

This component is designed to improve your listening and conversational Spanish- language skills. In the process, you will learn more about Mexican culture, with discussions on topics like holidays, festivities, and family life. You will be encouraged to contrast your own culture with that of Mexico. You will also learn idiomatic expressions that will help you interact with and better understand the culture.

Optional Classes

CIS Summer in Mexico also offers several optional classes in the afternoon at no extra cost, such as:

Functional Spanish (1 hr) 

Put into practice in a daily context the knowledge you’ve acquired both in and out of the classroom. You’ll hear Mexican songs, learn idiomatic expressions and slang, and discuss music, movies, and popular culture.

Conversation, Field Trips, and Intercultural Activities (2 hrs)  

Practice your communication and pronunciation while interacting with Mexican high school students in activities of mutual interest, such as games, handcrafts, and the like. 

Specialized Vocabulary (2 hrs)  

Learn to communicate effectively with Spanish-speaking clients, students, and patients.  This course will be organized according to your needs and goals.

Did you know that 70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships or grants to study or intern abroad? You can get a grant for something as simple as applying early, or a scholarship for blogging. 

For details on all scholarship and grant offerings and to apply, please click here.

This beautiful Mexican city provides a perfect study abroad atmosphere- it combines mild mid-70s temperatures all year round, a friendly and inviting population, and a world-renowned Spanish language program! Cuernavaca is only an hour from Mexico City, but provides a much more relaxed place to live than the capital. You can wander along Cuernavaca’s cobblestone streets, shop in authentic handcraft markets, and enjoy the vibrant young community!

You’ll be able to greatly improve your Spanish language skills through the university’s unique immersive and individualized language program. You can also practice speaking Spanish in the friendly streets of Cuernavaca as you visit modern shops, museums, bars, markets, and more.

The City of Eternal Spring, as Cuernavaca is also called, boasts incredible landscapes and a rich cultural heritage that have made it a popular tourist destination. It also attracts many international students looking to study Spanish abroad, so you will be able to meet friends from all over the world during your summer in Mexico!

Universidad Internacional (UI) is known worldwide as a Spanish- language center for both Mexican and international students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. It was recognized by the New York Times as one of the top language schools in the world! You’ll be able to immerse yourself in the language both inside and outside of the classroom, and will be able to integrate into Mexican culture more easily. UI will allow you to improve your language skills, and also to improve your résumé with its internationally known program! 

UI is conveniently located near restaurants, museums, and a variety of cultural activities that are easy to walk to after your classes. In addition to its Spanish program, UI also offers a wide range of academic study areas and extracurricular activities. The school’s quality of teaching and high academic standards have ranked it in the top 20 private universities in Mexico. Additionally, the school has a currency exchange office, computer labs with high-speed internet, a library, and a stunning campus complete with tropical fruit trees and flowers!

As a CISabroad study abroad student, you’ll get outstanding support. We’re with you every step of the way with academic advising, personal help, and cultural counseling. We’ll make sure that when you arrive in Mexico, you hit the ground running. Your summer will start off with airport pickup, where you will be greeted by our on-site staff who will then take you to your accommodations. They will get you settled with an orientation to the campus and the city to start your summer off right. Throughout your time there, you can take part in an extensive variety of campus events and activities with your new international friends. On top of it all, Summer in Mexico includes 2 customizable day trips of your choice (see the pyramids at Teotihuacan or the caverns of Cacahuamilpa) and a weekend in the famous port of Acapulco!

Cuernavaca is a lovely place to explore, with lots of cultural activities and sights to see.  Art exhibitions, historical museums, theater events, music, and dancing abound, and of course it’s only an hour from Mexico City. There are numerous activities on campus too, cooking classes, language conversation clubs, and dance classes. The sports staff on campus organizes weekly games in a variety of sports for students to take part in. Some of the more popular campus activities are soccer, basketball, tennis, salsa, and contemporary dance classes.  There is also the café socials where students meet at a different restaurant every week to practice their Spanish in an out-of-class environment. There is always something for you to get involved in!

UI also has a wonderful Service Learning course for you to further immerse yourself into the Mexican culture. Learn about certain issues facing the area you are in, and then do your part by giving back to the community in Morelos. This is an excellent way to engage in Spanish language practice, and assist the local community.

During your summer in Mexico, you will live with a local family in Cuernavaca. This homestay is the perfect opportunity to perfect your Spanish and make local friends! Your host family will most likely live within a short walking distance to campus- transportation is provided to and from the university if not, though. You’ll get to eat three home-cooked meals a day provided by the family. Students are responsible for cleaning their own clothes, but there are many inexpensive lavandarias that will clean and return your clothes in less than a day. The homestay families will also provide bed linens and towels, which will be washed once a week for you. This is an incredible opportunity to immerse yourself in Mexican life and culture!

1. What is the cost of program tuition? What is included in the cost of tuition?

The program cost for ­the Summer in Mexico program can be found here.

2. When are the program fees due?

Program fees for the Summer in Mexico program are due on April 15th for Session 1 and May 1st for Session 2. CISabroad will email invoices to students approximately one month before the program payment deadline. For example, if your payment deadline is July 15, you should expect your invoice in mid-June. If you are using financial aid, please ensure all financial aid paperwork is returned to our office by the payment deadline. If your financial aid does not cover your entire balance, CISabroad accepts these payment methods.

3. What is due with my application and when is my application due?

There are four easy steps in the Application process.

1. Fill out the online application, which includes your contact information, what program you are applying for, etc.

2. Pay the $200 application deposit in order to secure your space in the program. This amount will be applied toward the final cost.

3. Complete the Academic Reference Form, Course Selection Worksheet, Personal Statement, Applicant Profile, and Scholarship Application (Optional).

4. Mail in your official Transcript to our office.

For detailed instructions, see application instructions. The application for the Summer in Mexico program is due on April 15th.

4. Do I need a passport or visa? When should I apply for my passport/visa?

For almost all CISabroad programs, you WILL NEED A PASSPORT. Your passport must be valid for 6 months BEYOND the date you return to the United States. For detailed passport instructions, U.S. citizens should check the State Department's Travel Site. For the Summer in Mexico program, you will not need a Visa.

5. Is there a GPA requirement?

Yes! For the Summer in Mexico program, the GPA requirement is 2.5.

6. What are my housing options?

Students will live with a homestay family in Cuernavaca. The families have all been thoroughly vetted and many have been hosting international students for over a decade!

7. Will other students participate in the program with me? How many?

CISabroad programs are not only a great way to meet local and international students, but also students from around the United States. Program size varies each year - if enrollment size is important to you, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

8. How many credits are offered in the program?

For the Summer in Mexico program, students will receive between 4 and 8 credits, depending on the number of sessions completed. To see the courses available and a more detailed description of the course schedule, go here.

9. Can I combine this program with another CISabroad program like intern, summer, or semester abroad?

Yes! A great way to extend your CISabroad experience is participating in another program. Combine semester programs to create a full academic year or if an academic year is just a little too long and a semester is too short, combine a semester and summer session or a semester and a January term program. You can also participate in a semester abroad and combine that with a summer intern abroad. To find out more information on the application process for more than one CISabroad program, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

Term: Summer 2015
Arrival Session 1 May 29
CISabroad Orientation May 30
Classes Start June 1
Classes End June 26
Departure June 27
Arrival Session 2 June 26
CISabroad Orientation June 27
Classes Start June 29
Classes End July 24
Departure July 25
Term: Summer 2015 Price: $Not Running 2015 more info

Dates posted here are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

To view expected additional expenses for this program, click here.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  •  2 day trips outside of Cuernavaca
  •  Full-time tuition and fees
  •  Housing (homestay) 
  •  3 meals per day
  •  Medical and accident insurance
  •  CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
  •  Academic advising 
  •  Financial aid counseling 
  •  Assistance with travel arrangements
  •  Predeparture orientation 
  •  Airport pickup and drop-off
  •  Universidad Internacional orientation
  •  On-site support
  •  On-campus wi-fi
  •  Universidad Internacional official transcript
  •  Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide

CISabroad  reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.