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Program Description:


Location: Cuernavaca, Mexico

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Known as "The City of Eternal Spring," Cuernavaca is located in the state of Morelos, Cuernavaca is about 1½ hours south of Mexico City and two hours west of Puebla. Both the city and the state are important in Mexican history: the palace of the Spanish con-queror, Hernán Cortéz, borders the central plaza in Cuernavaca; the state itself was named after Father José María Morelos y Pavon, one of the founders of the Mexican War of Independence against Spain in 1810; and Morelos is the birth-place of Emiliano Zapata, who led the cry “Land and Liberty” in the Mexican Revolution of 1910 in the southern half of the country. Cuernavaca is also known for its role in innovative grassroots education, alternative health practices, Base Christian Communities (“BCCs”), and economic cooperatives. North Americans, Japanese and Europeans are attracted to Cuernavaca’s numer-ous Spanish language schools.


Courses Offered

Spanish 206: Spanish for Healthcare Professionals

Taught by a bi-lingual doctor, 60 contact hours

The Center for Global Education and Experience contracts its language instruction with Universal Center for Language and Social Communication in Cuernavaca. Universal is a highly respected institution among the many language schools in Cuernavaca. The school's primary focus is oral competency and having a solid grammatical base. Classes are small, ranging from two to no more than seven students. For more information about Universal, see .


Interdisciplinary Studies 399: Internship

Medical Observership, following guidelines of Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety

Typical activities involved in internship placements include:
  • Opportunity to observe live births, assist with patient information collection, and become familiar with common medical procedures.
  • Shadow doctors in a variety of specializations.
  • Participate in health seminars with local Mexican medical students
  • Practicum visits to the Mexican Institute of Traditional Medicine, the National Public Health Institute, the School of Midwifery, and doctors' offices.

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Students may take additional classes before and/or after the Medical Internship program. See: Language and Culture in Mexico



Our Study Center

For the first few days of the program you will live in our Study Center with the other US students on the program. Known locally as Casa CEMAL (the Spanish acronym for Center for Global Education and Experience: Centro para la Educación Mundial), the CGEE Study Center 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. Our facilities have ample living and study space for students, a library, computer labs and wireless internet, kitchen and dining areas, and outdoor patios and gardens. 



CGEE believes in learning from the community, which is why we include homestays with local families on the program. Therefore, apart from your first few days in Cuernavaca, when you will stay at our study center for orientation, you will live with a host family.

CGEE has relationships with families of modest means. Past students have found the homestay to be one of their best experiences in Mexico. All of the families that receive students have been carefully chosen by CGEE staff and have participated in orientations and activities including a health and safety orientation, as well as a diversity orientation. They open their homes to students with a strong desire for cultural exchange and solidarity. Most of them go out of their way to adapt to you, and several have participated in vegetarian cooking classes that we have offered so that they can meet the needs of vegetarian students. 



What is Included:
CGEE program costs are comprehensive and include:
  • tuition for two courses/eight credits
  • room and board with a host family
  • cultural, health and safety orientation
  • travel medical insurance
  • 24/7 emergency assistance
  • weekend and weekday excursions
  • airport pick-up and drop-off

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


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:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 04/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/23/2018 07/08/2018

** 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.