The UGM seeks permanent development based on academic quality and guided by a strong social commitment and values stimulating, an integral formation of our future professionals. In order to connect with the outgoing international evolutions in a multicultural context, The International Relations Office was founded in 2006.To stimulate, inform, counsel and support the UGM in its endeavors to build out cooperation and networking programs with international organizations and universities.



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    The UGMEX is ready to welcome its twelfth generation of summer students. This year the project will again take place in Oaxaca, city of the Zapotecs and capital of the state of Oaxaca.

    The summer project at the UGMEX provides foreign students with an opportunity to become familiar with local habits and culture in Oaxaca and surroundings to understand the Mexican way of living and to learn Spanish in a natural way.

    The project lasts four weeks students arrive to Oaxaca on July 13th. Remember to buy your flight ticket from your city to Oaxaca, Mexico. As a summer project student, you will take your Spanish classes there, in comfortable classrooms. If you want to check your e-mail, work on the Internet or do your homework on the computer, you can make use of our computer room. The cafeteria will offer you drinks and snacks at any time of the day. At noon, you will have lunch on campus too. And at last, our garden will give you the possibility to play some sports or rest a little bit between classes and enjoy a nice chat with other students.

    During the program, students will take Spanish classes, starting on July 16th. The goal of the Spanish courses is to develop holistic linguistic skills, on the basis of the appropriate grammar and practical vocabulary corresponding to each level of proficiency. In the extra hour course (20 hours all together), attention will be paid to Mexican culture, literature and traditions. At the end of the course, students will take an exam and obtain a certificate.


    Oaxaca is located on the southern coast of Mexico. It is the fifth-largest state. Oaxaca is bordered on the north by the Mexican states of Puebla and Veracruz; on the east by the Mexican state of Chiapas; on the south by the Pacific Ocean; and on the west by the Mexican state of Guerrero. Oaxaca is divided into 570 municipalities. Its capital is Oaxaca de Juárez.

    In the central Oaxaca Valley, in the west on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec (an isthmus is a narrow strip of land that connects two larger areas, in this case the Bay of Campeche on the north and the Gulf of Tehuantepec on the south), and along the coast, the land is flat. But Oaxaca is also one of the most mountainous states in Mexico. The state is crossed by three great mountain ranges ( sierras ): the Sierra Madre del Sur, the Sierra Madre Oriental (also known as the Sierra de Oaxaca), and the Sierra Atravezada. Canyons and caves also are found throughout the state.


    Languages are being learnt the best where they are not foreign but the language of local people. After returning to your home country you should not only be seen as a better specialist, but also as competent in a new country, understanding the language, culture and all that crucial tacit knowledge by having lived there.

    The solid learning of a new language, the systematic improvement and enrichment of your language skills and adjustment to a domestic lifestyle is done best by a language course. This is executed by qualified language teachers, who speak the language that you intend to learn or improve as mother tongue.

    Apart from the systematic learning within a language course, the education takes place where you can meet local people: in your host family, with newly met friends, in everyday situations in which the local language needs to be used.

    Depending on your level of Spanish you will be placed in small groups of maximum 15 students (beginners, false beginners, intermediate, advanced). Each group will have 15 hours of Spanish a week, divided in grammar, vocabulary and conversation classes. Five hours extra a week (one hour a day), you will have cultural seminars, in which Spanish or English speaking teachers will introduce you in the world of Mexican literature, poetry, traditions, history and politics.

    To put you in the right group, you need to take the Cervantes Placement Test on-line:


    In the afternoons (from Monday to Thursday), after lunch, you will participate in different workshops. Some of them are organized in small villages around Oaxaca City, others are organized on campus or in the City Center.

    Workshop 1: “Explore the City”.
    The City of Oaxaca, capital of the state with the same name, is one of the most beautiful colonial cities in Mexico and is a historic landmark. It, along with the archeological site of Monte Alban was named a World Heritage Site in 1987 by UNESCO, because of its architecture, its cultural traditions, its cuisine and its climate.

    In this workshop, students will explore the city of Oaxaca and its many cultural expressions. Some notable sites which will be visited are the Zócalo (main square) with the State Government Palace and The Cathedral of the Virgin of the Assumption, the church and former monastery of Santo Domingo de Guzmán, the wonderful Museum of Cultures of Oaxaca, the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Soledad and its museum, the Museum of Oaxaca Painters, the Market of Benito Juárez and the Market 20 de Noviembre, and a lot more. To complete the cultural goal of this workshop, students are taken to the archaeological site of Monte Albán, where they can enjoy the view of pre-Hispanic pyramids in the ancient Zapotec City.

    To finish the workshop, students will be invited to the Guelaguetza. The Guelaguetza, also known as the Fiestas de los Lunes del Cerro (Festivals of Mondays at the Hill) is the major cultural event in the city with origins in pre-Hispanic times.

    Workshop 2: Black pottery
    Black pottery, first developed nearly 7000 years ago, has grown into a sophisticated and exquisite art form produced by the artisans in Oaxaca. A 'glazeless' type of pottery is produced by using pure, fine and smooth red clay as raw materials, shaped skilfully by hand into graceful forms. A series of specialized techniques including drying, hand polishing, carving and finally a special sintering process produces pottery with a lustre like that of metal. When tapped, it often produces a sound similar of that from a chime stone.

    Pottery has been a highly sophisticated art form in Oaxaca since pre-Hispanic times.

    This workshop provides you with the opportunity to learn about and create this ancient Mexican art form. You will make your own pieces based upon the traditional green-glazed pottery from the village of San Bartolo while learning first-hand about the lifestyle of local artisans.

    Workshop 3: Salsa
    The dance commonly referred to as “salsa” originated in Cuba, and has been influenced by music, people and cultures from most of Latin America and even some of Western Europe. Over time it has developed as a unique dance characterized by side to side movement, impressive spin moves and fast rhythms.

    Salsa dancing is made up of six step combinations preformed over eight beat rhythms, where beats four and eight are not stepped but act as very slight pauses. The most common step in salsa is called "base", or basic in Spanish, and begins from "closed position" with the man taking a step forward with his left foot (beat one), lifting and then returning to the ground without forward movement his right foot (this is known as a "tap" and is beat two), then a step back past his right foot with his left foot (three), a step back with his right foot (five), a tap with his left foot, six, and a returned to closed position with his right foot (seven).

    The woman starts with a step back on beat one so that her feet always remain opposite to the man's. Salsa dancing is composed of a series of turns and cross-over steps that can be chosen at random by the man, making step five the most important step in the base, since it is the step in which he initiates his move. The most basic example is that on turn five, the man might raise his right arm and his partner's left arm, and spin her to the right and back around while continuing to move his feet and end on beat seven.

    In the salsa workshop (organized on campus), you will enjoy and practice various dance steps which will give you the opportunity to show off your friends on weekends in dance bars in the center of Oaxaca.

    Workshop 4: Optional.
    Once finished the three first workshops, students will have the opportunity to decide whether or not they want another workshop. Most students want to visit the city (and its marvellous museums and monuments) on their own, which is the reason we left this week without any workshop. Prices of this extra workshop will be agreed on, depending on the number of inscriptions.



    Your housing in host families is included in the program fee. Oaxaca has a relatively young population with a lot of students, whose families are willing to participate in our Host Family Program opening their homes to foreign students. Immerse yourself in the Mexican life-style and language when you share a home with a local family. Discover the warmth and charm of their family, experience Mexican customs and authentic cuisine and practice Spanish language skills on a daily basis in a natural and spontaneous environment.

    The Host Family program also stimulates integration in and understanding of Mexican culture and traditions. Students can get close relationships with their host family and keep contact long after returning back to their home countries. Depending on student’s preferences, the International Relations Department chooses the most adequate home to make his stay as pleasant as possible.

    Host families offer students two meals a day (breakfast and dinner). Sheets are provided. Please bring your own towels and toiletries. Your stay begins in the arrival week (13th of July) until the day after you complete your final exams (14th of August) Our university has also made arrangements with some hotels near the campus. Those hotels rent bungalows, in which three to four students can be hosted together.

    Depending on availability, you can opt for this kind of housing. In a bungalow, there is a small kitchen, which gives you the possibility to prepare yourself breakfast or dinner. Lunch is provided on campus. This option is not included in the program fee and costs 250 euros.


    To participate in the summer project you need to fulfill the following requirements before May 31st, 2018

    Application form: Download, print and complete the application form and send it back to the International Relations Office by e-mail (signed and scanned to Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. and Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.

    Placement test: Answer the placement test on-line, print you result, scan it and send it to the same e-mail-address (or just send a screenprint). The weblink is:

    The test is divided in different parts; you will need a computer with a fast internet connection, and headphones (for listening exercises). The test will take you maximum half an hour. At the end, you will receive your result: "inicial", "intermedio", "avanzado" or "superior". This result is crucial for us to divide you in groups. Please do this test alone, without any help of grammar books or dictionaries.

    Those of you who have never studied Spanish, don't need to do the test. Just send us a message to confirm this and we will place you in the beginners group.

    Registration fee payment: 100 Euros (non refundable) (click on “FEES” to know more about payments) Your resume (send it by e-mail to Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. and Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.) or curriculum vitae A short essay describing yourself and your family life style and habits (this is to present you to your host family) - send it by e-mail to Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. A digital picture of yourself (for your student card)

    Once you fulfilled with these requirements, you will receive an official notification of payment. To register for the programs you applied for, you need to transfer the tuition fees for all activities you chose for, before May 31st of 2018 (click on “FEES” for amounts and payment information). Do not forget to send us by e-mail the hardcopy of the wire transfer that you are given in the bank after you have deposited the fee.

    Finally, when you arrive to Oaxaca, we will ask you to show the following documents to register at the International Relations Office:

    • Application form
    • Photocopy of your passport
    • Photocopy of your FMT (tourist visa, given to you on the airplane)
    • Certificate of good health (can be in your native language)
    • Evidence of health insurance with coverage in Mexico. A copy of the policy or your insurance card will suffice.
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    1. Registration fee (to pay before June 1st, 2018) € 100 Non refundable
    2. Program tuition fees (to pay before June 1st, 2014):
    Intensive Spanish and cultural immersion program: July 13th – August 14th 2018 €1110

    Spanish language course (60 hours)
    Culture course (20 hours)
    Certificate at the end of the program
    Lunches from Monday to Friday
    2 Field trips in first weekend
    36 hours of cultural workshops: Dancing, Handicrafts, Explore the City
    Intercultural Night
    Welcome day
    Welcome kit
    Goodbye event
    Student’s card (benefits: discounts in museums, archaeological sites and public transportation)
    Accommodation included: Homestay (host familiy) Includes breakfasts and dinners.
    If you prefer staying in a residence please add €250 (breakfast and dinner not included, possibility to cook)

    Not Included:
    Meal vouchers in weekends
    International medical insurance
    Local transportation from your host family to the campus
    Airfare and travelling expenses (airport of destination: Oaxaca)
    Coast Trip (trip to Huatulco and Puerto Escondido, includes bus trip, two hotel nights with breakfast.) € 200
    Address / Dirección: MADERO NORTE ESQUINA ORIENTE 2
    Branch / Sucursal: 121 ORIZABA
    Account /Cuenta: 1218023319
    CLABE Standard Bank Key (18 cifras): 002882012180233192
    Swift Code / Código Swift: BNMXMXMM
    Beneficiary /Beneficiario: UGMSUR S.C.

    Important note: It is absolutely essential to make sure that you include the initials identifying your institution and/or your name in the wire transfer form. Otherwise, we cannot process the payment of your fees and, consequently, your admission. Please e-mail (Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.) the hardcopy of the wire transfer that you are given in your bank after you have deposited the fee and bring it to Mexico in July.

    Be careful: some banks charge more than others for international transfers. Try to find the cheapest one to avoid surcharges.

    If you decide to bring cash money to Mexico, be sure you bring new bills, because torn or dirty bills will not be accepted at banks or money exchange places. Only bring new bills to avoid the frustration of not being able to spend your money.

    Registration fee is non refundable
    In case of cancellation before the first day of classes, 80% of the total tuition will be refunded.
    During the first week of classes, 50% will be refunded
    No refund will be made after the first week of classes
    Refunds must be processed and won’t be cashed immediately
    Refunds, when received directly in the administration office will be made in Mexican pesos.

    Mr. Guillermo Huerta
    Head International Relations Office
    Tel. + 52 272 106 13 68
    E-mail :
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