Agave tequila landscape to Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

Mexico is a Spanish speaking country considered part of North America, but many consider it part of Latin America or Central America. Mexico is the most populous Spanish speaking country on Earth. Approximately 3,800 American students study abroad in Mexico each year making it one of the most popular study abroad destinations. Pre-European contact, Mexico was inhabited by advanced civilizations such as the Omec, the Maya, and Aztec another reason so many students choose to study abroad in Mexico. From beaches to cities to forests, the country is as vast as it is varied.

Our featured list of study abroad programs in Mexico are listed below. It is an index to international education in Mexico listing university level study abroad, internships, volunteer and intensive language school programs oriented to American college and university students. No matter your age or skill level, there is an immersion school for you in Mexico.

Plateros Spanish School

Plateros Spanish School is centrally located in the heart of historic Guanajuato. Within minutes, students will find cultural, historical, tourist, and commercial activities. Their program, primarily focuses on the area of communicative competence, and has been specifically designed to support students and to eliminate the barriers involved in learning the Spanish language. They strive to help students feel comfortable in their surroundings. For that reason, our objective is that on the very first day students will learn to communicate in everyday situations.


CETLALIC was founded in 1987 as a progressive school, integrating intensive study of Spanish language with experiential cultural learning and analysis of current issues with grassroots organizations and others. Their Spanish language program is demanding, but in a friendly atmosphere. Paulo Freire’s methodology is applied to the teaching of Spanish as a second language and students are expected to contribute their insights and ask the questions necessary for critical analysis.

Colegio de Español y Cultura Mexicana (CECM)

The Colegio de Español y Cultura Mexicana (CECM) has built excitement and depth into their programs. Their basic idea is that Mexican Spanish ‘grows’ in students, as they move through a range of carefully planned cultural and linguistic experiences. With over 60 years of experience, the Colegio is part of the University of Guadalajara — one of Mexico’s finest universities. Students get classes, conversation, culture, history, literature, art, music, cooking, cinema, as well as tours and excursions. They offer regular Spanish and content courses as well as online Spanish courses, custom-made courses, summer programs, volunteer, and internship programs. Students can earn university credits and international certifications. First-rate teachers, a homestay program, workshops, tours, immigration assistance, and airport transfers ensure that students have a great time outside the classroom as well.

Livit Immersion Center

The LIVIT Immersion Center teaches Spanish naturally in beautiful colonial Puebla, Mexico using the most conducive methodology available today; even beginners are speaking with fluency in no time. We offer intensive total immersion programs from as little as one week and up to 12 weeks. We can accommodate longer stays for specialized language training. All courses may be individually tailored to personal or professional needs (Spanish for doctors, real-estate agents, social workers, dentists, lawyers, etc.).