"This is a fantastic opportunity to learn and experience the Spanish language and the rich Mexican culture," UTPB Continuing Education Director Rey Lascano said.
"A typical weekday consists of Spanish classes that run in the morning.Students go to their residences for lunch and then return to school for late afternoon/early evening cultural and recreational activities," Lascano
Some of these cultural activities are done at the school, while others include field trips.
"The state of Chihuahua is rich with culture and rich in natural beauty dating back to the 16th century," Lascano
"Chihuahua City has a presence of at least 40 countries, mostly European and Asian, and interaction with them makes it very interesting," Lascano
This program also allows participants opportunities to explore on their own.Students usually use the weekends for excursions to outlying tourist destinations.
"One weekend has included the entire group going to Mexico's world-famous Copper Canyon.In past years students have also gone to such places as Parral, Paquime
(a World Heritage site), Colonia Juarez, Juan Mata Ortiz (home of world famous potter Juan Quesada) and Majalca National Park," Lascano
All students stay at private residences approved by the university and located near the campus in upscale neighborhoods.Each residence has a live-in landlady who cooks three meals a day.The meals include typical Mexican dishes, however, students are generally on their own on Sundays.
Cost is $566 to enroll for the class at UTPB
and each individual has to provide their own spending money.Lascano
suggested participants bring at least $250.