Valparaiso University’s Puebla Study-Abroad Program cooperates with the Cholula campus of the Universidad de las Américas-Puebla to give students an authentic learning experience in a Spanish-speaking culture. Patricia Ann McCoy, Professor of Spanish at the UDLAP, will meet with Valparaiso University students on a regular basis to answer questions, to help interpret the Mexican culture, to offer suggestions on travel, to serve as an advisor on academic and immigration matters, and to be available in case of an emergency.
Valparaiso University students may study fall semester, spring semester, or the entire year at the Universidad de las Américas-Puebla (UDLAP) in Puebla, México. Students enroll in Spanish language, literature, business, and civilization courses for international students offered at the beginning, intermediate, advanced, or superior level. Students with solid language skills may also choose one or more courses from the regular curriculum for Mexican students; including business, international relations, math, economics, literature, art, and other areas. These courses may count as electives toward the Spanish major or minor; or toward certain general education, major, or minor requirements, with the approval of the department chair.
Program dates for both the Fall 2017 semester and 2017-2018 academic year options have not officially been determined. Dates listed serve as an estimate until official dates are determined - typically shared with official acceptance from the host institution.
Application Requirements and Deadlines
Applicants must be of Sophomore statues or higher and have above a 3.0 GPA. Additionally, applicants must have completed Spanish 203 or higher to be eligible for this program.
The deadline to apply for both the fall 2017 semester and 2017-2018 academic year will be March 1, 2017. After the deadline, the Office of International Programs study abroad staff will review applications. Once a decision has been made, applicants will be notified via their Valpo e-mail.
Students can expect to spend in the neighborhood of $550-$800 to travel to and from Puebla. Many of the discount prices described in newspapers are not applicable to a semester-long stay abroad because they are aimed toward short stays.
Students pay the same tuition and general fee they would pay at Valparaiso. All financial aid is valid during the Puebla semester, except work-study and some “on-campus” aid.
Students pay only the “room” portion of Valpo’s room and board charge. Meal costs are handled by students on an individual basis in Puebla. Those costs will typically be lower than at Valpo, since the exchange rate is in favor of US currency.
Count on spending at least as much as you do in Valpo for educational and miscellaneous expenses and add on for any travel you might plan. Past participants have estimated $2000-$3000 to be sufficient for their spending needs, though expenses for travel are very difficult to estimate, since they are discretionary and will vary according to your interests and financial circumstances. If you decide to stay within a 100-mile radius of Puebla, you will still have plenty to do!
Study Abroad Advising
Erin Kunert- Associate Director of Study Abroad
Office: Gandhi-King Center, Union 2nd floor
Phone: (219) 464-5333
Contact Erin with administrative questions about application, registration, program cost, etc.
Apply for a Passport
Passports need to be valid for at least six months past the program’s end date. As part of the application, students must upload a copy of a valid passport, or a receipt or similar proof that the student has submitted a passport application. Information on how to apply for a passport can be found here.