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The Spanish Language Institute


The Spanish Language Institute, Center for Latin American Studies program is designed to provide you with an ideal learning environment which is conducive to thinking, writing and speaking naturally in Spanish within the context of real-life situations. It is a functional program based on the natural approach to language acquisition which encourages you to develop your Spanish language skills and to discover Mexican culture as you experience life in a Spanish-speaking environment. It is a fact that the best way to acquire a language is through total immersion; thus, the Spanish Language Institute requires you to live with a host family so you can practice Spanish and enjoy Spanish culture throughout your stay. 


Cuernavaca is a centrally located city, from which much of central Mexico can be easily explored. The school offers guided excursions in private transport after classes during the week and full days on the weekend. There are two full day trips that are mandatory and are included in the program fee. Optional excursions include the following: Xochicalco Archaeological Zone, Santiago Tianguistenco (mountain wool market), Taxco, Teotihaucan Pyramids, Mexico City, Museum of Anthropology, Bazzar Sabado and Dolores Olmedo Museum, Puebla and Cholula. Full weekend trips are offered for an additional fee.

City, Country 

Cuernavaca, Mexico


Winter, Summer


2014 Dates: December 29, 2013- January 18, 2014


2.5 GPA

Application Deadline

Application Deadline: November 1

Please complete and submit the SUNY study abroad application.

Cortland Students: To ensure that the courses you take abroad will satisfy your degree requirements, you are required to submit he Course Approval Form to the International Programs Office 

Non-Cortland students must speak with their home campus study abroad office for information on the course approval process.

Non-Cortland students must return completed Judicial Review and Code of Conduct forms along with the SUNY application.

Travel Information

Group Flight: All Participants will fly into Mexico City together on a group flight. Information about the flight will be available after the application deadline.

Round trip transfers are included in the program fee. Arrival Information

Program Costs

Winter 2014 Budget **Tentative and Subject to Change**

Accepted students will receive an updated budget as a part of their acceptance packet.

Program Course Information

Participants may earn up to 3 credits

The Spanish Language Institute (SLI) is designed to accommodate all levels of Spanish ability, from the complete beginner to the advanced student.

SLI teachers have from three to more than twenty years of experience in teaching Spanish as a second language as well as Latin American culture to students from numerous countries, cultures, and language abilities.

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Daily Schedule:

3 hours of small group grammar in classes no larger than 5 students

1 hour of functional Spanish

2 hours of Spanish conversation

Course Syllabi:

SPA 101     SPA 102     SPA 201     SPA 202


All participants must live with a carefully selected host family. This provides participants with real-life situations not only in the language, but in the culture as well.

Host families are caring hosts specially screened and chosen to provide excellent attention. Families are middle and upper-middle class by Mexican standards. The family provides the student with two meals daily, Wi-Fi, and transportation to and from school, if not within walking distance. Students will have a roommate of the same gender and may have to share a bathroom with the family. Private rooms with private bath available for an extra charge.

Host Website

ASLI Spanish Language Institute: Cuernavaca

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