Latin America is a vast geographic region formed by 20 nations and territories which has a combined population of nearly 580 million people. The region has been acquiring increasing importance in world politics and economics. Latin America has historically been a crucial region to the U.S., in terms of the economic and cultural perspectives. As globalization, free trade, and immigration flows increase between the U.S. and Latin America, study of the region offers a wider range of opportunities for students and scholars.
The growing Hispanic market in the United States and the increasing economic ties between South, Central, and North America have made Latin America a fundamental element of trade and corporate strategies worldwide. Latin American culture and languages are becoming increasingly more relevant in our everyday lives.
Today, students who graduate with skills which enable them to interact with diverse populations and understand their background, cultures, and languages will provide valuable contributions to many different industries. Students who gain a better understanding of Latin America’s complex cultural, social, and economic issues will have a comparative advantage in the business world.
Students who study abroad in Latin America gain insight through experiences which are interdisciplinary and incorporate contemporary life, history, and the arts with students’ specific disciplines. Students also gain new perspectives on life, society, and power beyond the region.
-Study abroad in Mexico opens opportunities to gain global cultural competency.
-Mexico’s geography, history, economy, and security are closely linked to the U.S. and North America.
-Mexico has the largest number of World Heritage Sites in the Americas and the 6th most in the world.
– Mexico is an emerging market that offers many business and career opportunities. Mexico is the 11th largest economy in the world; the country is the U.S.A.’s 2nd largest export market and its 3rd largest overall trading partner. Of all the manufactured goods exported in Latin America, 67% are produced in Mexico.
-Mexico is the largest Spanish-speaking population of any country in the world.
-With 65% of Spanish speakers in the U.S. of Mexican heritage, learning Spanish in Mexico is a smart option for any student who will be working with Spanish-speakers in their careers.
-Mexico’s diverse, modern culture is enriching.
Center of Mexico’s breadbasket and high tech corridor. Vibrant hub of culture, arts, architecture..
San Miguel de Allende is a city that is both quaint and cosmopolitan. Located in the center of Mexico’s breadbasket region and high tech corridor, the city was founded in 1542 and was recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2008.
The city is a vibrant hub of the arts, culture, and architecture. Once an important stop on the silver route between Zacatecas and Mexico City, its historic center showcases well-preserved buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries. San Miguel de Allende’s religious and civil architecture demonstrate the evolution of styles from the Baroque to the Neo-Gothic of the late 19th century.
You can visit up to 6 World Heritage Sites in our region of Mexico- known as the Bajio and includes the state of Guanajuato, as well as experience an array of unique cultural events in San Miguel de Allende, from the International Jazz Festival, the Baroque Music Festival, to the Guanajuato International Film Festival, in addition to the many food festivals, the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) events, the Fiesta de los Locos (Fiesta of the Crazies) and parade, or the city’s observances of Semana Santa (Holy Week,) to name only a few.
Anthropologists present background information about the archeological ruins near the town and then are your guides at the Virgen de la Cañada pyramid, the historical sites, and national treasures of Mexico. A knowledgeable guide will also accompany you to the Sanctuario de Atotonilco, another World Heritage Site, which is known as the “Sistine Chapel of Latin America.” Walking tours of San Miguel de Allende offer an introduction to the history and architecture of the city in which Mexico’s Independence from Spain began.
San Miguel de Allende is a magnet for creative entrepreneurs from all over Mexico and the world. Art studios, galleries, boutiques, and shops, along with studio openings, courses, and workshops are all part of the thriving arts scene. There is also a rich history of art in the city. The Bellas Artes art school, for example, is a former 18th century convent which houses an unfinished 1940’s mural by David Alfaro Siqueiros, one of the famous “Mexican Muralists” painters of the early 20th century.
San Miguel de Allende provides fascinating laboratories to explore important global issues such as international trade, education, innovation, and technology. International agribusinesses, automobile manufacturing plants, pharmaceutical producers, fashion industry clusters, the state of Guanajuato’s In-Land Port (COFOSE,) and leading Mexican universities open their doors to students to offer high-impact learning opportunities in the region.
There is a large community of Non- Governmental Organizations, NGO’s, in the city. We offer service learning opportunities in partnership with local NGO’s, such as Feed the Hungry San Miguel and Casita Linda, which address the challenges of food insecurity and dignified housing in our region.
Our exclusively designed faculty-led study abroad programs are inexpensive yet offer exceptional opportunities. With safe, convenient transportation and a safe, beautiful campus, we offer the best experiences to explore the Bajio region of Mexico and the city of San Miguel de Allende.
The city of San Miguel de Allende is located in a semi-desert mountain plateau which is about 6,400 feet above sea level. Most buildings in the region do not have air-conditioning or central heat. It’s best to pack with layering in mind, as it will get warm in the afternoon and cool off dramatically in the evenings. The rainy season is typically during the summer months. The Hacienda is located outside of town in the countryside and, while pharmacies and grocery stores are within a five-minute drive, we recommend taking note to pack all personal hygiene products and essentials before departing on your trip. We also recommend the following items on a packing list:
- Comfortable walking shoes- The streets are cobblestone and there are hills so flat walking shoes are best.
- Closed-toe shoes- On tours of manufacturing plants and agribusinesses, they are required for entrance.
- Warm sweater
- Windbreaker or light jacket
- Water bottle
- Swimming suit
- Towel for swimming
- T-shirts, collared shirts (polo style,) and one long sleeved shirt- Note also that during visits to manufacturing plants, tank tops will not be allowed.
- Jeans and walking shorts
- Rain gear.
Your health and wellbeing are our priority. There are quality hospitals and medical doctors in the area and we have established relationships with them. If the event that you become ill, we will immediately seek medical attention for you.