WVU FACULTY EXCHANGE

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY’S HOSTS ITS 14TH ANNUAL SUMMER EXCHANGE IN 2015 FOR FACULTY, STAFF, AND TEACHERS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GUANAJUATO IN MEXICO.

Landscape Guanajuato

Ninety Two West Virginians Complete WVU-Guanajuato Exchange Since 2002

Ninety two West Virginia faculty members, staff, and high school teachers have completed the West Virginia University Language and Cultural Exchange in Mexico since the program began in 2002. This is a low-cost exchange program to the UNESCO Heritage City of Guanajuato, Mexico—a city in central Mexico known for music, history, museums, and a centerpiece for several major film productions. WVU’s International Programs and Intensive English Program coordinate the exchange.

Next year is the 14th Annual WVU-Guanajuato Language and Cultural exchange.

This exchange is open to eligible West Virginia professors, administrative staff, and teachers. Applicants do not need previous training in Spanish. The exchange provides a benefit of $1,550 per person for meals during weekdays and lodging for a month. This exchange covers orientation, classes, welcome events, airport shuttles, and materials.

WVU’s Coordinators are George M. Lies, Grants/Special Programs, International Programs; and Stacy Fint, Director, Intensive English Program, of WVU’s Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.

Program Costs

Guanajuato University offers two, 4-week programs for the 2015 summer. Program dates are June 1-26 or June 29-July 24, 2015. Advance registration deadline is December 18, 2014. Applicants should reserve a placement in advance since the exchange is limited to 6 persons each summer. Web: http://internationalprograms.wvu.edu/faculty-staff

A participant needs to complete a 2-page application and pay a program fee. To register, applicants need to:

  • Submit a $150 deposit payable to “WVU” towards a $350 program fee and $75 for insurance, for a total of $425.00, and sign a 2-page application and submit it as a scan to the email below.
  • Reserve and pay for their own roundtrip airfare, immunizations, tours, and personal or incidental expenses. Airfare costs range from $750 to $850 for roundtrip airfare, Pittsburgh to Leon Airport.
  • Consider having access to about $850 for personal expenses, gifts, tours, local travel, and incidentals. The ATM bank system in Guanajuato converts dollars automatically to Mexican pesos.

Many previous participants received funding from a school district or a department for professional development. In 2014, International Programs sent a West Virginia Tech international programs officer, a WVU history professor for research, and a WV high school teacher.

More Information

The International Programs’ Coordinator can provide an in-depth Tip Sheet on living in the city Guanajuato. For anyone interested, contact WVU’s International Program. Send an email to George.Lies@mail.wvu.edu or call (304) 293-7240.

This WVU-UGTO exchange agreement substantially reduces the total of program costs as part of the 25-year agreement with the University of Guanajuato (web www.ugto.mx/) The UGTO language school provides an entry test to place participants at the levels of beginner, intermediate or advanced; and, participants may take courses in Mexican history, cuisine, crafts, ceramics, and dance at www.lenguas.ugto.mx/