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  • Locations: Guanajuato, Mexico; Queretaro, Mexico
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2019 11/30/2018
Rolling Admission 03/15/2019 03/24/2019

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Undergraduate Academic Theme: Language, Culture, and Humanities, Law, Criminal Justice, and Social Work
Credit Offered: UC Credit Click here for a definition of this term Registration Term: Spring
Minimum GPA: 2.0 Language Courses Offered: Yes
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: No
Housing Options: Host Family, Hotel Program Lead Faculty: Jeffrey Rubel
Program Advisor: Matthew Paul
Program Description:

Program OverviewMineral De Pozos-Medium

Explore Mexico: Spring Break 2019
Visit the Colonial Heartland of Mexico
If you are looking for an unforgettable Spring Break trip filled with history, culture, great food, colonial architecture, beautiful parks, and natural wonder, then this trip is your ticket. The Legal Studies Department at Clermont College will be offering a study abroad trip to Querétaro, México from March 15-24, 2019. The program will consist of 10-days of travel to several colonial cities, including, Guanajato, Dolores Hidalgo, Querétaro, San Miguel de Allende, Pena de Bernal, and Tequisquiapan. You will study Spanish in groups of 2-4 students (at your skill level -beginner to fluent), meet with practicing attorneys, visit some of the local courts and government offices and live with a middle class Mexican family. The past two trips filled early so if you are interested, get your application in early.

This program has been reviewed and approved by the International Travel Oversight Committee (ITOC).


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Our adventure will begin in Guanajuato, Mexico. The city is situated in the mountains of central Mexico more than 5,000 feet above sea level. The climate is near perfect year around. Almost no one has heating or air conditioners in their homes as they are not needed (typical temperature in March, between 60 degrees and 85 degrees with extremely low humidity). The central highlands are considered one of the most charming areas in the entire country, known for plazas, narrow cobbled streets, central parks, colorful flowers and Spanish influenced architecture. Get ready to visit the mummy museum and hear the story of how the dead end up in such a grisly place!! From Guanajuato we will travel through San Miguel de Allende in route to Queretaro.This is the region where the fight for independence from Spain first began.The historical importance of the area cannot be missed. San Miguel de Allende, founded in 1542, retains a rich colonial charm with its cobblestone streets and beautiful Spanish colonial mansions. Quéretaro which will serve as "base camp" for the rest of our stay, is a colonial city steeped in Mexican history (I lived in Queretaro with my family for 7 months!). The Spanish took control of the city in 1531 and designated it the "third city of New Spain". In its streets there are nearly five centuries of history. You will see & feel the history as we visit the Historical Center & the magnificent aqueduct.

Surrounding Queretaro are a series of beautiful small towns. On Monday, we will visit Mineral De Pozos, an abandoned gold and silver mining city. The Mexicans call this ghost towns pueblos fantasmas. We will explore the underground mining tunnels, old ruins and chapels. Two of my most treasured cities are Tequisquiapan and Bernal. Towards the end of the week, we will visit Bernal, which is home to the third-largest monolithic rock in the world (La Peña de Bernal). Thirty minutes after departing Bernal, we will arrive in the narrow streets of Tequisquiapan which gives this city of hand crafted goods and unique cheeses a distinct colonial flavor. During the week we will visit one of the largest law firms in Mexico, the Justice Center, the Government palace and hear guest lectures from attorneys and Mexican business people. You will also study Spanish and go on walking and talking trips to use your newly acquired Spanish skills! No prior Spanish skills are required. You will be in a class with 2 or 3 other students that are at the same level of Spanish - Beginner to Advanced!. Here what student that went on the trip have to say:

"Our trip to Mexico was the highlight of my time in college. From its European beauty to its exquisite historical buildings, there was never a dull moment. By the end of the trip I could speak enough Spanish to actually carry on a conversation with my host family! This trip is excellent for paralegal majors, Spanish majors, or anyone just looking to expand their cultural horizon." - Lori Kelsey 

"From the moment I stepped off the plane I knew that I had made the right decision to go to Mexico. The climate was wonderful, we stayed in some of the historical cities of Mexico such as Guanajuato and Queretaro. As a LCOB business student, I would highly recommend this trip, it broadened my understanding of the world around me." -Eric Nethero

"Studying in Mexico has by far been the best experience that I have had in college. It was wonderful to experience a new culture and learn more Spanish. Before I left, friends and family told me I should not go because of the drugs and violence, I never felt I were in any danger. From the time we got off the plane in Guanajuato, I knew I was going to have an amazing experience, every encounter that I had was wonderful. The people were so welcoming and friendly -Christin Howell

"Learning the Spanish language mixed with exploring the cities made the trip exquisite & most definitely worth the money! I'd gladly do it all over again..." -Tiffany McFarland

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Who Can Participate?

  • Freshmen
  • Sophomores
  • Juniors
  • Seniors
  • Graduate Students
  • Others


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Academic Program and Course Information

This is a 3 credit study abroad course with International/Education Abroad designation (all or part of the instruction and experience is undertaken outside of the United States). The course consists of Spanish language classes specific to each participant's level of ability, culture lectures and full cultural immersion with a home-stay. No previous Language knowledge is required as the classes will be tailored to individual needs. The study abroad portion will last for approximately 9-10 day in Mexico and will include meetings with various representatives from the judicial branch of government as well as other agencies. The course will allow students the opportunity to truly engage in the culture of living in a foreign country as well as experience the intricacies of Mexico's Legal System. The home-stay gives a perspective that cannot be duplicated with classroom instruction. The course contains a breath of knowledge designation of both diversity and culture ("DC") and social science ("SS"). Contact your program / discipline advisor to assure this course will meet the requirements of your specific program / discipline. All students must attend four pre-departure meetings, write a one to two page report on one of the area we will visit, participate during the trip, keep a journal during the trip and create a learning portfolio upon returning from the trip.

All students in this program are required to enroll in PARA 2031, section 001: Spring Break in the Heartland of Mexico: Queretaro for 3 credits for spring semester.
Tuition and fees are assessed based on total enrolled hours for a term. This includes the hours associated with the study abroad class. Students who enroll for more than 18 hours for the term will be assessed additional per credit hour fees over and above the flat fees associated with being enrolled full-time (for most students full-time is 12-18 hours).
Co-op students selected to participate in this program are required to enroll in the course during the designated term, regardless of when the student may be on co-op.  If the course is during a term when the student is on co-op, tuition and fees will be charged per a student’s residency status and college, based on the part-time per credit hour rate.
A student can see his/her full and part time tuition rates and college fees here (use left-side navigation menu to click into the relevant academic year):

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My name is Jeff Rubel and I will lead this Study Abroad trip to Mexico. I earned a Doctorate of Law and MPA from the University of Arkansas. After 15 years of law practice and working as a partner in a mid-sized law firm I said, "enough!" I decided that I wanted to teach full-time and learn Spanish. In 2000 I began teaching for the University of Cincinnati. I am currently a Professor of Legal Studies at the University of Cincinnati Clermont. I have a true love for the Latin American culture and have traveled extensively throughout Mexico, Central America and the northern part of South America (Columbia & Peru). In 2008, my family and I lived in Queretaro, Mexico for 7 months while I taught at the Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey, Graduate School of Business. I led my first Study Abroad Class to Mexico in 2009. This trip will mark my eighth study abroad trip to Mexico with students. In addition to Queretaro, I have also led trips to Chiapas and to the Yucatan / Campeche. Join us this year, I promise it will be an experience you will never forget! But don't wait, the trip will fill early. The last two years I have turned down more than 5 students each year.


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Living Arrangements

During the first weekend, we will be in a 4 Star hotel, shared rooms (2 people) for 2 nights. During the remainder of the week, you will be in a homestay with middle class Mexican families.


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Getting There

We will fly out of Cincinnati (possibly Dayton) on Friday or Saturday. It is your responsibility to arrange transport to and from the airport. In the past we have set-up car pools. We will most likely leave early on Friday and most likely will not return until the afternoon of evening on Sunday. I will arrange all flights so that the group flies together.


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Program Costs

 2019 Program Cost: $2400

Included in Program Cost:
  • Housing / accommodations
  • International airfare
  • Some meals (All breakfasts included)
  • In-country transportation for program-planned activities
  • Cultural excursions/entrance fees
  • International emergency and evacuation insurance
  • Professional translator and private guides
  • Discussions with Guest Lecturers
Not Included in Program Cost:
  • Tuition – (at your standard tuition rate)
  • Passport application/renewal fees - if you do not have a passport ($165)
  • Some meals (25$)
  • Personal spending/souvenirs (100-200$)
  • ISIC Card ($25)
This program has been awarded a $400 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only). UC International scholarship requires a minimum 2.0 GPA. This brings the posted financial liability of the program down to $2000

Note that both program charges and UC International scholarship will be posted separately on a student’s OneStop bill on the semester in which the course for the study abroad experience is given.  Program charges are posted shortly after students commit to the program through the online application process.  Scholarships are posted after all students 1) register for the course connected to the study abroad experience, and 2) complete all study abroad online paperwork.

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UC Financial Aid and Scholarships

For full details on using your financial aid to help pay for your study abroad experience, you should contact UC Financial Aid.

UC International awarded over $800,000 in student scholarships last year. Please refer to the UC International webpage for more information.

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Passports and Visas

A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad, it's best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see for more information.

In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is via the US Department of State’s webpage at:

UC International is happy to guide UC faculty, staff and students to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual UC traveler. Entry requirements change frequently, and we advise you to pay close attention to consular updates. It is your responsibility to know and address the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

Applying for a visa can be a complicated process. Some UC travelers choose a third party to assist with this process, for example Travisa or A Briggs (mention UC for a possible discount).

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Health and Safety Abroad

While UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad, traveling UC faculty, students and staff are the individuals making decisions overseas and therefore play a key role in their own health and safety abroad. The US Department of State, Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and International SOS are excellent resources for country specific information.

UC partners with International SOS, a company that provides medical and security advice. UC's member ID is 11BCAS000010.

UC students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in the following ways:
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad.
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety and cultural tips.
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency.

All UC students participating in a University of Cincinnati sanctioned or funded international travel program are required to purchase and maintain insurance while abroad. UC International partners with CISI to provide insurance for UC students.

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Contacts for More Information

Jeffery S. Rubel
Business, Law & Technology Department
Clermont College

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This program is currently not accepting applications.