When are the deadlines to apply for this program?
The fall semester deadline is April 15. The spring semester deadline is November 1.
About the School
Where do BCA Xalapa students study?
BCA Xalapa is located on the campus of the University of Veracruz. The University was founded in 1944 and has since become the most prestigious university in the province of Veracruz and one of the top five universities in Mexico.
How many native and international students attend this school?
You’ll get acquainted with Mexican life during the first two weeks at a small learning establishment called UNIVERSAL Escuela de Lengua y Comunicación Social, where you’ll study Spanish and history. Then you’re off to the University of Veracruz in Xalapa! The university has many campuses across the city, where around 40,000 students study. The Escuela para Estudiantes Extranjeros offers courses on learning Spanish language and grammar for Non-native speakers.
What are the class sizes?
Class sizes are relatively small. Lower-level courses may have up to 30-35 students in them depending on the discipline, but upper-level courses may have a dozen or less. Courses at the EEE normally have 10 or less, and have an upper limit of 15 students per class.
What is the teaching and assessment style abroad?
Teaching at the UV is fairly similar to teaching styles in the US, with much of the emphasis on professors’ lectures, with some student participation as well. Likewise assessment is similar to the US, with homework, written assignments, projects, and tests all common forms of student assessment.
What are some student life activities available on campus?
There are a wide variety of student activities in and around Xalapa. BCA Xalapa students participate in different sports, learn Son Jarocha music, volunteer at a variety of organizations, plus there are many parks, museums, and galleries to explore. Then there is a lively café and bar scene in Xalapa, plus frequent concerts and cinema clubs, and the many types of fairs and festivals that occur throughout the year. Nearby Xalapa there are many colonial towns and natural sites to explore during the weekends as well! It is hard to be bored in Xalapa!
What are the accommodations like? Who will I be living with?
You’ll be living with a host family in both Cuernavaca and Xalapa, where you’ll have constant opportunities to practice your Spanish and immerse yourself in Mexican culture! Your host families will provide you with meals and your own private bedroom, and you will be responsible for doing your laundry at a local laundromat. See more details about accommodations here.
Do host families speak English?
Host families are not expected to speak English, although you may find that one or two members do know a bit of the language.
Are internships available?
There are no internships set up through BCA for this program, although your resident director may have suggestions for you if you choose to seek one out on your own.
Are volunteer opportunities available?
There are plenty of volunteering opportunities available such as researching and working with the local environment, assisting in women’s organizations, and helping children in need through various projects.
Do I need a visa to study in Mexico?
You will arrive in Mexico on a tourist visa. Mexican regulations require that students be enrolled in courses at a Mexican university before applying for the student visa in-country. The BCA central office will send immigration letters to the resident director who will lead you to the immigration offices. Once there, you will present your application and you will obtain your student visa. The cost for the student visa is $100.
Do I need to know Spanish to participate in the program?
Yes. BCA requires students to have completed at least four semesters of college-level Spanish, or equivalent, to study at BCA Xalapa. While in Xalapa, students can choose classes that adequately meet their individual level of Spanish language proficiency.
Is Internet/Wi-Fi available?
Host families have Wi-Fi, but it may be slow in some houses. There is also Internet access at the university and in certain cafés, restaurants, and parks around Xalapa!