BCA Xalapa, Mexico

BCA Xalapa, Mexico

On the BCA Xalapa program you can dive into Mexican culture by becoming an active community member. You can participate in different sports, learn Son Jarocho music and volunteer at a variety of organizations. There are many parks, plazas, markets, museums and galleries to frequent, as well as a lively café scene, frequent concerts, cinema clubs, fairs and festivals. Additionally, your host families in Cuernavaca and Xalapa will introduce you to Mexican celebrations, cuisine and traditions. Mexicans are very hospitable and will likely want to learn more about you and the United States!

Universidad Veracruzana (UV) is a large institution offering more than 100 undergraduate degrees and a wide range of courses in many disciplines. There are very few international students, so you’ll be fully immersed in Mexican life. As an advanced language student, challenge yourself by taking UV courses taught in Spanish alongside local students. If your Spanish is not as advanced, you can take courses at the School for Foreign Students (EEE) that are taught at a pace that is conducive for those for whom Spanish is not their first language. 

Your BCA Xalapa Resident Director (RD) will help you quickly acclimate to Mexican culture and society, become involved with local organizations and find activities and events going on in the city so you can fully participate in local life. You’ll also travel together outside of the city so you can appreciate the diversity of the country. Excursions vary by semester but in the past have included places such as Mexico City, the capital of Mexico or Teotihuacan, an archaeological site known as the Pyramid of the Sun.


  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Biology (General)
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • History
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • International Business
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Hispanic Studies
  • Spanish Language Literature And Studies
  • Travel / Tourism
  • Visual Arts

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