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Mexico: Summer Service Learning & Language Immersion

Mexico City, Mexico

A day in the life of a student at Universidad La Salle

A modern metropolis of over 22 million people, Mexico City is home to numerous civic organizations working to improve the situation of Mexicans living in one of the planet's largest cities. This commitment to civic action and development through volunteering attracts a diverse cross-section of people to this vibrant urban setting.  

A Note about

Student Safety

With a fascinating blend of Colonial and Aztec roots, this cosmopolitan capital city of a country of over 100 million inhabitants has become a thriving center for commerce, finance, cultural activities, and the arts.  For students interested in immersing themselves in an urban environment where Spanish language and the cultures of Mexico come together, and where a commitment to positive social change is of the utmost importance, look no further than spending a summer in Mexico City.

The ACM Mexico Summer Program: Service Learning & Language Immersion is one of two short-term summer programs open to current students and recent graduates.  This five-six week program takes students into the heart of Mexico City, where they will be immersed in Mexican culture and Spanish language.  A key component of the program is placement in a non-governmental organization (NGO) for the duration of the program.  There will be a variety of organizations available to work with, and students will be actively engaged in service learning work with their specific organization.  Local program staff will work with students prior to arrival and at the beginning of the program, to help determine the NGO placement.

In addition, students will take a Spanish language placement test, and will then take intensive Spanish language classes for the duration of the program.  A variety of other classes on Mexican history and culture, along with an assortment of field trips, help to round out the academic experience of living in Mexico. While in Mexico City, students will stay with host families, further immersing themselves into Mexican culture. 

For more detailed information, please use the links located on the left-hand side of this page.

A Note about Student Safety

    On November 20, 2012, the U.S. Department of State issued an updated Travel Warning for Mexico, urging caution for travelers in particular regions of Mexico. 

    The ACM Mexico Summer Program takes place in Mexico City (also known as the Federal District), an area where there is currently no travel advisory in effect.  In Mexico City, the ACM is affiliated with the Universidad de LaSalle, located in the Condesa section of the city, a safe university neighborhood. The families with whom students live are also located in this area.

    ACM staff take very seriously the cautions from the U.S. Department of State and other sources of information.  We will continue to monitor the situation in Mexico closely, as we do for all of our off-campus study programs.

    The health and safety of students on our programs are a top priority for the ACM, and discussions about safety and appropriate precautions are an essential part of students’ pre-departure preparation and the on-site orientation provided by Universidad de LaSalle.

    The discussions and materials emphasize the need for prudence while in another country and provide practical advice on how to navigate Mexico City in order to minimize risks and promote safety while studying abroad.

Updated February 20, 2013

 This program was established with generous support from the MacArthur Foundation.

Quick Facts

  • Term: Summer
  • Language prerequisite: Spanish
  • Language of instruction: Spanish & English
  • Living arrangements: Host family
  • Who can apply? Students from any college or university (including recent graduates)

Application deadlines

Summer 2015

Final deadline: March 15, 2015

Summer 2016

Final deadline: March 15, 2016

If the deadline has passed and you are interested in applying, contact the ACM Office immediately. Late applications may be accepted on a space-available basis.

Program contacts

Lindsey Wolf
Program Associate

11 E. Adams Street, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312.561.5908

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Publications & Resources

Summer Programs brochure

Mexico student handbook - Summer 2013

Mexico: Summer Service Learning & Language Immersion

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Grace Robia My experience in Mexico was incredible and I’ve been missing it since I stepped foot on the airplane back to the U.S. Watching the World Cup games with 35-50 soccer-obsessed Mexicans was of the most unforgettable things I’ve ever done. All of the Mexicans that I met were enthusiastic, fun-loving, open, and kind. I’d take the first chance that arose and fly right back to Mexico City. ¡Viva México!

—Grace Robia, Mexico, Summer 2010

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