Study Abroad


Universidad Veracruzana, Xalapa


The Department of Modern Languages requires

SPA 303 and SPA 304

be taken at UW-L prior to studying abroad.

A student pursuing a major or a minor in Spanish at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse may earn up to 66% of the credit hours for the major/minor requirement in a foreign country.  Thirty-four percent (34%) of the credit hours must be earned at UW-L.  The student is required to take at least one three-credit course in Spanish at UW-L after returning from the country of study. 

Universidad Veracruzana was founded in 1944.  It is considered one of the leading provincial Universities in Mexico.  The School for Foreign Students promotes the learning of Spanish and Literature, the understanding of Mexican culture and traditions as well as the knowledge of Mexico as it is today.

The School for Foreign Students, Escuela para Estudiantes Extranjeros (EEE-UV), offers you the opportunity to improve your Spanish and learn about Latin American culture. Arts and folklore workshops and field trips are organized to help students appreciate and enjoy Mexican culture and traditions. Local outings, visits to market places, shops and family factories, as well as salsa dancing and crafts lessons enrich the academic program.

Xalapa, a picturesque city set in the coffee-growing country, is in an area of impressive natural beauty and remarkably rich archeological and anthropological resources. Xalapa has a population of more than 500,000 and is the capital city of the state of Veracruz. It is located 199 miles southeast of Mexico City and 67 miles northwest of the seaport of Veracruz. At 4,200 feet above sea level, Xalapa's population lives in a valley formed by five hills. The city is surrounded by mountains, which include the snow-capped, extinct volcano Pico de Orizaba, towering 17,000 feet above the city. Although Xalapa's intellectual and cultural climate is lively, the city has kept a small town atmosphere. The sober, tile roofed buildings--some of which date from the colonial period - are mainly characteristic of the Porfirian period.

You can earn 8-9 credits toward a Spanish major or minor!

  • Spanish Grammar and Conversation courses from beginner to advanced levels
  • Literature, civilization, history and culture courses at the advanced level

Click here for Xalapa's summer courses.

Please contact the Modern Languages Advisor(s) identified for your program.

Cultural Immersion Tutorial
All students participate in the Cultural Immersion Tutorial program providing you with an opportunity for personal interaction using the Spanish language in a natural setting.  Students are paired with tutors of similar interests or with common fields of study or work.  It is tailored to the individual needs of each visiting student.

Arts and Folklore Workshops
Just for fun you can choose from one of four Arts and Folklore Workshops (included in the program fee). Additional workshops may be taken at an additional cost. Workshops include Mexican Guitar, Mexican Painting Techniques, Mexican Folk Dancing, and Mexican Cooking.

Field Trips
A weekend field trip and a one-day field trip are included in your program fee.  Field trip options may include the following:

  • El Tajin pyramid and vanilla-growing region, including a visit to the Totonac area and a day at the beach.
  • Hacienda El Lencero, visit historic Santa Anna mansion and the botanical gardens.
  • Xico y Coatepec, visit to a traditional village and the coffee-growing region where "Romancing the Stone" and "Clear and Present Danger" were filmed.

The course equivalencies spreadsheets have been compiled from past approved Academic Plan forms.  They show when the course was last approved and how it transferred back to La Crosse.  You may notice that some classes satisfied several UWL options.

This list is not comprehensive nor does it take the place of  meeting with your advisor for final approval!  They are meant to be a guide of what courses may be appropriate for your studies abroad.

The School for Foreign Students has a directory of families who provide housing for international students. You will be assigned a shared room and bath, with ample space to study and carry out your class assignments. The host family will provide three meals a day; if you have special dietary needs, arrangements can be made to accommodate them at a slight extra cost.

Before you travel abroad, you will need to obtain a passport, which will serve as proof of your U.S. citizenship. A passport may allow you to gain entry to (and exit from) other countries. Depending on the country to which you're traveling, a visa may be required as well. Entry requirements vary from one country to another. The U.S. State Department issues travel warnings specific to certain countries, and offers tips and publications relevant to travel abroad generally. Well in advance of your departure, you should also familiarize yourself with international travel health issues, and health recommendations specific to your destination.

The program fee includes the following:

  • Tuition (8-9 credits)
  • University and Administrative Fees
  • Homestay with Meals
  • Cultural Immersion Tutorial
  • Field Trips (one weekend and one day)
  • Ground Transportation to Xalapa upon arrival
  • Study Abroad Health Insurance (mandated by UW System)
  • International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
  • Study Abroad Graduation Sash

Airfare is not included in the program fee.

Financial aid is applicable.
Refer to Program Fees for the most current program fee.

All program fees subject to change. Valid for undergraduate Wisconsin residents only; out-of-state students pay Minnesota reciprocity or a non-resident surcharge.

Program Dates
For precise dates refer to the Program Dates.


  • 2.5 minimum GPA
  • The desire to experience the world and receive academic credit for doing it!

All students will be required to attend a pre-departure orientation. The orientation will help you prepare for international travel in general, and for the experience of visiting Mexico. Program alumni will be on hand to answer your questions.

School for Foreign Students
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