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University of Veracruz - Mexico

After careful review of safety concerns in Mexico, Messiah College's International Risk Management Committee has temporarily suspended participation in this program.  The program is reviewed regularly.  Participation will resume as soon as it is the committee has determined that students can participate with the reasonable expectation that they are in a safe learning environment. 


High in the Sierra Madre Mountains, the city of Xalapa pulsates with music, theater, dancing, art, and other forms of cultural activity.  After a four-week intensive language course and orientation in Cuernavaca, participants in this BCA program live with local families in Xalapa to experience the realities of daily life in Mexico.  Students choose from the wide variety of courses offered by the University of Veracruz; those with higher competency in the Spanish language take classes taught by native Mexican professors!  The program includes frequent travel opportunities to archaeological sites and locations like Mexico City, Teotihuacan, La Antigua, Veracruz, the Tuxtlas Mountains, and the Yucatan Peninsula.


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Goals and Objectives

BCA attempts to integrate American students into an overseas university, allowing them to broaden their horizons, to experience different cultures, and to practice speaking another modern language.


Students must have completed two full years of college (sophomores considered) and must have a 3.0 GPA or higher to qualify. Students must have completed two semesters of college level language courses; students will be more confident if they have completed at least three. Students are required to attend all Messiah-run pre-departure orientation sessions the semester before studying abroad as well as half-day reentry retreat upon returning to campus the following semester.


The 15 or 16 credits students earn each semester may meet some general education or major requirements. Courses taken will appear on Messiah transcripts with letter grades. Please refer to the grade conversion chart.


Students will meet their third language/cross-cultural requirement by participating in this program. Students will not earn 3 credits, rather the requirement will be waived.

Costs: 2014 - 2015
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Note: Additional fees students may encounter include (but are not limited to) transportation, visas, passports, immunizations, and course fees.  A $100 deposit is typically requested within two weeks of acceptance. 

Application Deadlines

A $50 fee must accompany your application.

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Spring Semester: N/A


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“Learning a language was the most rewarding, interesting, challenging part of my experience. I learned that the journey of learning a language is continual. . . .I have learned that language is complex -it is not just made up of words, but there is a whole world of cultures, beliefs, and history that are integrated to form a language. . . . . What an awesome opportunity! ”

-- Jessica Lebo


University of Veracruz
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Centers for Disease Control: Mexico
CIA World Fact Book: Mexico
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