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. 

The University of Veracruz was founded in 1944 and offers degrees in traditional humanities, computer science, business administration, and medicine. It is considered one of the leading provincial universities in Mexico. The University of Veracruz and the Veracruz Cultural Institute sponsor some of the finest festivals of art, music, and theatre. The University also has an outstanding Archaeology program featuring a Museum, considered one of the finest in the world both for its stunning contemporary architecture and its remarkable collection of artifacts representative of the Olmec, Totonac, and Juastec cultures. Archaeological fieldwork can be arranged on site at El Tajín, Quiahuiztlán and other ruins. Many of the courses taught at the University can be taken for credit as part of your study abroad program. Workshops in dance, graphic arts, and theatre are available to you both through the University and a variety of other cultural institutions.

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 throughout the year 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 your 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.

Spanish courses at five levels, literature, culture, and civilization courses are available during the semester. Students are placed in courses at the appropriate level according to the results of the test they take upon arrival.

Click here for the course descriptions and equivalencies.

Spanish for Communication (5 credits)
Spanish I (Beginners)
Spanish II (Intermediate)
Spanish III (Upper Intermediate)
Spanish IV (Advanced)
Spanish V (Proficiency)

Applied Language Courses (3 credits each)
English-Spanish Translation
Oral Expression in Spanish I and II
Written Expression in Spanish I and II
Spanish Grammar I and II
The Sounds of Spanish
Spanish for Specific Purposes: Business (5 credits)

Culture in Spanish (3 credits each)
Mexican Culture and Civilization
Contemporary Mexican Literature
Topics in Contemporary Mexican Life
International Relations of Mexico

Culture in English (3 credits each)
Prehispanic Civilizations
Topics in Contemporary Mexican Life

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

Internships can be arranged for advance-level students in a variety of areas. A placement fee is required (not included in program fees).

University of Veracruz Courses
Many of the courses taught at the University can be taken for credit as part of your study abroad program. The School for Foreign Students will assist you in making arrangements. Updated information about the Universidad Veracruzana is available on their website:

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

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.

Fall: late-August to mid-December
Spring: late-January to mid-May
For more precise dates refer to the Program Dates.

2.5 GPA minimum, 2.75+ GPA preferred
Second-semester sophomore standing (45 credits minimum)
4 semesters college-level Spanish minimum (SPA 202 or the equivalent)
Open to students from other universities

The program fee includes the following:

  • Tuition (15 credits) and Administrative Fees
  • Cultural Immersion Tutorial
  • Homestay and Meals
  • Orientation to Study Abroad Class
  • Study Abroad Health Insurance (required by UW System)
  • International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
  • Study Abroad Graduation Sash

Airfare is not included in the program price.
Financial Aid is applicable to program fees.
Refer to Program Fees for the most current program fee.

School for Foreign Students

Student Handbook
Tips and Advice from Program Alumni


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