Oaxaca, Mexico

This program is currently NOT AVAILABLE for Willamette students.


Located 325 miles south of Mexico City at an altitude of 5070 feet, Oaxaca boasts year-long sunny weather and blue skies. The city is also in proximity to several important archeological zones and interesting villages featuring markets, handicrafts, special fiestas, and 16th and 17th century buildings. While in Oaxaca students will study at the Insituto Cultural de Oaxaca (ICO). Study tours include visits to archeological sites, artisan craft and organic shade-grown coffee cooperatives, Pacific turtle rescue site, service learning projects with indigenous communities, the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Tlaxcala, Puebla, Mexico City. This program is administered by Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Puget Sound.


At the ICO students take content courses offered through the institute. Spanish language courses are available as well. The content courses focus on Latin American and Mexican culture and literature. Recommended majors include, but are not limited to, Spanish, Anthropology, History, International Studies, and Latin American Studies. Students are encouraged to participate in credit bearing internships with local NGO's. The language prerequisite for this program is Spanish 232 or equivalent - students must take a Spanish course the semester prior to studying abroad.


Students live with host families in Oaxaca and receive two meals daily.


The Oaxaca program is available during the fall semester only. The program starts in September and ends in late December. Students accepted to this program will be required to attend an orientation in late April in Tacoma, WA.


Willamette tuition plus a program fee equivalent to WU's Room and Board Plan B. The program fee includes room and board, planned excursions, and on-site support.

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