University of Houston-Victoria

Study Abroad


Cuernavaca Mexico Programs

Students will spend six to eight hours daily in small group sessions (five or less) which serve to improve their skills in the Spanish language while learning the fundamentals of cultural communication in a total immersion environment. Small group classes and discussions will help develop knowledge of their host culture by focusing on geography, history, politics, religion, family and traditions. Students will further enhance their skills in, and understanding of, Spanish language and the subtleties of Hispanic culture by examining ever more specific issues in a wide variety of academic areas.

Experience and research have identified the most important elements of successful study abroad programs. The Cuernavaca program incorporates those elements as follows:

  • Students take at their level, language and culture courses in Spanish in small groups.

  • A variety of cultural enrichment and volunteer activities to insure that students receive a complete immersion in all social layers and economic strata of the host cultures.

  • Regular and complete progress toward degree requirements

  • By virtue of a consortium agreement students will utilize scholarships and financial aid available to them at their home campus.

Program Calendar

Deadline for application: 2 months prior to departure

Departure Dates: Any Saturday

Start Date: Following Monday

Deadline for Payment: 1 month prior to departure

Program Options:

2 weeks in Mexico

  • Receive 3 semester credit hours at UHV

4 weeks Mexico

  • Receive 6 semester credit hours at UHV

6 weeks

  • Receive 6 semester credit hours at UHV

12 weeks

  • Receive 9 to 15 semester credit hours at UHV


Application Process

All students are required to have a valid

$250 deposit payable in MyUHV. All forms and correspondence must be submitted or sent to:

UHV - School of Arts and Sciences
Attn: Magen Besancon
University West, Room 206
3007 N. Ben Wilson,
Victoria, TX 77901

Apply for any appropriate scholarships, loans, etc.

  1. Complete and submit the following forms.

    Texas Common Application (Non UHV students for credit hours) 


    UHV Study Abroad Application (please disregard last three requirements of step III) 

The program fees include:

  • Program and registration fees to Universidad Internacional

  • UHV Undergraduate Tuition for appropriate semester hours. UHV Tuition and Fees 

  • Full room and board with a host family

  • Transportation to and from the university if you are more than a fifteen minute walk from campus

This fee does not include:

  • Passport (Passport must be valid 6-months to the future of your anticipated return to the U.S. Cost to apply for a passport US$145, additional$60 for expedited processing)
  • International flight to Mexico: Flight must be booked by students. (Important: BOOK EARLY)

  • International Student ID Card ($20 + shipping )

  • Mandatory Health Insurance through Cultural Insurance and Services International (cost depends according to your age: cost can range from $50-$150)
  • Personal spending money (meals, optional excursions, laundry, and other personal expenses)

  • Books and Materials