Host Institution(s)
Contact Information
Maria Flores
Associate Director of Center for International Programs
P.O. Box 3091 Moraga, CA 94575
phone: 925-631-4107
fax: 925-631-4382
Lasallian Study Abroad
Lasallian Study Abroad
Lasallian Study Abroad
Lasallian Study Abroad
Lasallian Study Abroad
Lasallian Study Abroad
Lasallian Study Abroad


Spring semester

Program/University Overview:
Saint Mary's College, in affiliation with Universidad Internacional (UNINTER), offers students the opportunity to live and study for a semester in Mexico. Located in the modern, yet charming city of Cuernavaca, UNINTER was founded 25 years ago, and since then has forged an excellent reputation in the teaching of Spanish language and Latin American culture to international students.

Website of Program/University:

Unique Aspects of Program:
To enhance the students' academic experience, the program includes cultural excursions to Mexico City where they will visit, among others, La Basilica de la Virgen de Guadalupe, the Frida Khalo Museum, Chapultepec Castle, and the Museum of Anthropology. Also included are trips to the states of Michoacán, Guanajuato, Puebla, Guerrero and Morelos as well as to famous archeological sites such as Teotihuacán and Cholula.

Country and/or City Information:
Ever since the Habsburg Emperor Maximilian built his summer residence in Cuernavaca, it has been a famous vacation place among Mexicans mainly for its warm climate throughout the year (average temperature of 20°C/68°F). Today, Cuernavaca's "eternal spring", its parks and gardens resplendent with tropical plants and flowers, its charming center with colonial architecture still attract Mexicans and foreign tourists from all over the world. Because of its geographical position, Cuernavaca is also an ideal starting point for interesting trips in Central Mexico.

Among the important historical and architectural attractions are the 16th century Cathedral, the Hernán Cortés Palace with famous murals of Diego Rivera, the Borda gardens and the richly adorned Aztec temple Teopanzolco. In the city center, the Zócalo, mixes native and foreign visitors with street cafes, numerous restaurants and coffeehouses allowing you to spend tranquil moments in the busy center.

Cuernavaca is a university town and the home of many artists and intellectuals and thus many cultural events have increasingly taken place in recent years, poetry readings, concerts, ballet and theatre performances and art exhibitions. You can also enjoy the discotheques and music bars until the early hours of the morning.

Admission Requirements:
2.8 GPA, open to students who are sophomore, juniors, and seniors.

Field of Study: 

  • Art
  • Business 

Courses Offered:

Students live with Mexican Host Families as a means to enhance students' Spanish skills and their understanding of Mexican culture.  Students will be matched with a host family to ensure satisfaction.  Families will provide meals, laundry and a familial living environment for a deep language and culture immersion experience.

If you are a student at one of the US Lasallian universities or colleges, you will remain enrolled at your school and pay tuition and program fees there. Tuition is based on your campus tuition rates and may include an additional surcharge depending on the program. Contact the person on your campus responsible for study abroad.

Scholarship Information: N/A

Academic Calendar:
Spring semester - January through May

Application Deadline:
Fall semeseter - March 1
Spring semester - October 1

Application Details:
Must complete Lasallian Consortium application. There are no additional applications for this program.

  • Make sure you submit all application materials to your Home Campus by the application deadline.


Student Testimonials:
"I lived with a Mexican family and I LOVED it! I was treated as a part of the family and I became an actual daughter in the family."

"Living in Cuernavaca is a great way to immerse yourself in the culture, meet great people, learn about Mexico's history, and perfect your Spanish. it is a great growing experience."