Guanajuato and the Homestay Experience
The Summer Institute for Spanish Teachers is held at Southern Oregon University’s sister university in Guanajuato, Mexico – Universidad de Guanajuato. Founded in 1559 as a center of the silver and gold mining industry, the colonial city of Guanajuato is located in Central Mexico. With its many historic buildings, charming architecture and busy cultural life, it is a popular site for tourists and students from all over the world. Classes will be held at the Departamento de Lenguas at the top of a university building that looks out over the city and its surrounding green hills. Students will be able to live in Mexican homes with families where they can further enhance their Spanish. Guanajuato was recently chosen as one of the eight safest places to travel in Mexico by Lonely Planet.
For many students, living with a host family is one of the most fulfilling parts of the Summer Language Institute. Our students frequently form lasting bonds with the family, return to the same family each year, and have unique cultural and linguistic experiences. Beyond the obvious cultural advantages, living with a family is advantageous when you are studying in an intensive program, as you don’t need to prepare your own meals, do grocery shopping, or take care of daily living responsibilities associated with your own apartment.
Homestays in Mexico cost around $29 per day (price varies according to the home’s location) and include three meals a day (with the exception of Sundays, when only breakfast is provided). Some families offer laundry service for an additional $1 a day.
We especially recommend living with a host family during your first year in the program, as it will help you get acclimated to the culture and adjust to the rigors of the program. If you do not wish to live with a host family, you will need to find living accommodations on your own.
The Summer Language Institute is designed for French or Spanish middle school, high school, and community college teachers who have taught for at least one year.
The program director works closely with each participants to map out a course outline, to ensure completion of all the requirement with the desired sessions. Advising is individual and ongoing.
Master’s students design and implement a final research project. They begin by identifying an aspect of their own teaching they want to improve. They begin with a class in their second summer and continue during the following academic year by conducting research within their own classrooms. The project culminates in a formal paper and a presentation given in their final summer.
Become a Professional
Career opportunities for a Spanish Language Teaching graduate degree:
Middle School Teacher
High School Teacher
International Language Teacher
English As a Second Language (ESL)
Translator or Interpreter
Median Salary of $53,230
*Based on National Average
Summer Language Institute Alumni
Rita Barret - 2014
Master of Arts in Spanish Language Teaching
- Spanish Teacher at Portland Adventist Academy
- COFLT 2016 Honor Roll Teacher
- Barret formed PAA’s Chapter of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica, a national honor society sponsored by The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.
SOU Academic Programs
Earn Your Master’s Degree in Spanish Language Teaching
At the SOU Summer Language Institute in Guanajuato, Mexico.