Would you like to study someplace exciting and exotic this summer, but don’t want to fly halfway around the world to do it? Then don’t miss out on studying abroad with MSUM in Guanajuato, Mexico! Guanajuato is a charming, colonial city situated in the highlands of Mexico’s heartland. The city’s vibrant colors and captivating architecture give it an enchanting and fairytale-like appearance.You will see many 19th, 18th, 17th and even 16th century buildings virtually untouched by modern construction which give the city a distinct European and Spanish colonial flair. Not to mention, its intricate system of underground tunnels once helped divert the flooding of the Río Guanajuato. These tunnels now serve as the principal roadways within the city!

Guanajuato is home to the University of Guanajuato and has a population of only 155,000, making it a college town full of young people from all over the world as well as Mexico. It has plenty of things to do: take your pick of shopping, sightseeing, leisurely strolling around the city, or hiking in the rugged mountains in the surrounding area. Plays, concerts, movies, parades, and art expositions are numerous year round. As part of the program, the group will be taking trips to Teotihuacán and San Miguel de Allende in addition to cultural activities in town. Students will live with Mexican host families giving them the opportunity to maximize their language acquisition.

There is still room for those interested in studying at the University of Guanajuato this summer to earn extra credits towards your degree. The MSU Moorhead program focuses on Spanish Language and Culture and will provide students with up to 9 academic credits upon successful completion of the program. Students will enroll in up to 3 Spanish courses: the MSUM course and two University of Guanajuato courses of their choosing. The program dates are May 22 to June 26, 2010. The application due date is Feb 1, 2010; contact Professor Benjamin Smith (smithbe@mnstate.edu) for more information or visit: http://www.mnstate.edu/language/Guanajuato/Info.cfm.