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Language and Culture

CGEE in Mexico offers five 3 1/2 week sessions (blocks) focusing on Spanish language and Mexican culture in which students can take one course per session, and take up to five courses throughout the summer. This community-based program includes homestays, a trip to Mexico City, optional weekend excursions, and numerous guest speakers designed to help students learn about history, culture, and contemporary struggles for peace, justice, and human rights.

Specialized Spanish courses in Business Spanish, Spanish for Ministry, and Spanish for Healthcare Professionals can be combined with internships in those fields to create a truly customized summer experience.

The Language and Culture Summer program is open to everyone - Augsburg students, as well as undergraduate students from any other institution.

2018 Program Dates
The summer is organized into five blocks, you may take anywhere from one to five blocks. Students who wish to take an internship must enroll for at least two blocks:
Block I:  May 2-27
Block II:  May 23-June 17 (KEY 490 offered only during Block II)
Block III: June 13-July 8
Block IV: July 5-29 
Block v:  July 25-August 19


Students take one course per block. Your coursework is in English, there is no Spanish language prerequisite*. We partner with a Spanish language school just down the street from our study center, which offers a large range of Spanish courses, if you would like to improve your language skills while on the program!

CGEE believes in experiential education as a key factor to learning and will often bring students on cultural excursions, have guest speakers, and visit local organizations that will tie in the subject matter with real-world experiences and stories.

Courses Available, and links to syllabi/course descriptions:
For the internship and research, credit is offered in:
  • American Indian Studies
  • business
  • cross-cultural studies
  • environmental studies
  • history
  • interdisciplinary studies
  • marketing
  • political science
  • religion
  • Spanish
  • women's studies



CGEE believes in learning from the community, which is why we include homestays with local families on the program. Depending on the number of blocks you enroll in for the semester will determine the length of time you are placed with a family.

Our Study Center
For any time you are not staying with a host family, you will live in our Study Center in the city with the other US students on the program. The CGEE Study Center in Mexico is a 15-minute walk from downtown Cuernavaca and the main city plaza, in the neighborhood of San Antón. CGEE is well established in San Antón and has many friends and close connections in the neighborhood, including some of the homestay families. CGEE is located at the top of one of the large ravines that runs through the city, offering a dramatic view from the nearby bridge that leads to downtown. Because of the ravine, there is a 100 foot waterfall right in the neighborhood, a local eco-tourist attraction.  Right across the bridge, students will find a large public garden/park, an independent movie theater, the Cathedral, and several popular cafés. CGEE's Mexico site includes two houses across the street from each other with ample living and study space for students, a library, computer labs and wireless internet, kitchen and dining areas, and outdoor patios and gardens. The Universal language school, where students take Spanish courses, conveniently is located right up the street and has a swimming pool and racquetball court.

Take a virtual tour of our study center in Cuernavaca via YouTube!



CGEE programs are highly experiential by design. We like to get you out of the classroom and into the community! Our classes include guest speakers, trips to visit local groups, museums, businesses, and more. We also include fun excursions in the area to help you learn even more about the history, culture, and region!

All of our excursions are included in program fee, so you will always have amazing activities to join, with no hidden costs! Our Mexico programs take students to locations such as Puebla, the Nevado de Toluca volcano, Mexico City, and more.

Mexico Volcano Hike '16



What is Included
CGEE program costs are comprehensive and include:
  • in-country transportation
  • housing
  • all meals
  • program-related travel and excursions
  • insurance
  • tuition
  • fair wages for staff and speakers
What is not Included
  • flights to and from the program - while CGEE arranges group travel for our semester participants, you will pay out of pocket for your ticket
  • personal spending money
    • for souvenirs, occasional dining out and events, or for more extensive travel during spring/fall breaks, if you choose to do so.
  • Books and other supplies
For students at schools other than Augsburg University: The tuition rate, room and board, and fees for one block of the summer program for 2017 is approximately *$2,995. You may review the cost estimate form for for an itemized breakdown: Summer Program Cost Estimate.

*Please note: your school may charge other fees or tuition rates, depending on their study abroad policies, or whether Augsburg CGEE is an approved program at your school. Please talk to your school’s study abroad advisor to learn more about how costs and financial aid for study abroad work at your institution.

For Augsburg University students: The tuition, room and board, and fees for one block of the 2017 Summer program is approximately $2,995. All Auggies receive an automatic $400 Global Scholarship per block, lowering the cost to $2,595 per block. Augsburg students will receive a personalized Cost Estimate (including your financial aid award) once you have started the application.

Most Augsburg students do not have financial aid during the summer semester. If you have questions about financing your summer experience abroad, please schedule an appointment with a Study Abroad/Away advisor, or with your financial aid advisor.  Note that students who receive Summer Pell Grants may apply Pell funds to the cost of this program if they enroll in at least two blocks.

For more information about Study Abroad/Away, come to one of our Information Sessions.


Scholarships Available

We have a variety of scholarships and discounts available to students participating on a CGEE summer program. Each application is linked below for more information: Additionally, we offer a Summer Discount:
  • Students who participate in a full semester program in Mexico will receive a 10% discount off a summer session (before or after the semester program). There are no forms to submit for this discount.


What do our participants have to say about their time on the program?

“Between the Spanish language school, home stay, and internship sites this program does a great job with allowing you to be immersed in the culture and learn a new language according to your specific interests.” - Austin, Augsburg College, Spanish major

“I originally chose this program solely for the opportunity of an internship in the hospital. Not only did I learn a lot in my internship, but living and being apart of the community there changed my life.” - Savannah, Augsburg College, Biology major

Want to hear more?
Read our reviews at third-party website,

More visual? Check out CGEE YouTube’s Mexico Playlist


Contact Us for Questions

Augsburg students please contact or visit us in the Oyate Commons, Christensen Center, lower level

Students from all other colleges and universities please contact to be connected with a CGEE representative.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: To be announced

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.