West Virginia University’s hosts its 13th annual summer exchange for faculty, staff, and professionals at the University of Guanajuato in Mexico.

Landscape Guanajuato

For Mountaineers, the program offers courses in Spanish study and Mexican history, culture, and arts in the UNESCO historical city. This unique agreement allows each school to provide an estimated $1,550 for language and cultural classes and lodging with meals. The dates of the four-week programs are June 2 to 27 or June 30 to July 25, 2014.

A participant needs to pay the program fees of $425 (which includes insurance) and all of their own travel and personal expenses. Currently, estimated costs are about $650-$750 for airfare and about $850 for personal expenses. Previous participants have received support for professional development from their agency or department.

“This is a unique international opportunity and very cost-effective for language learning,” said George M. Lies, Grant Administrator of International Programs. “Host family living in Mexico adds depth to the cultural experience.”

The deadline for applications is March 17, 2014. There are six openings. Eligible candidates can be faculty and staff working at a West Virginia college or university. There are openings for WV high school language teachers or those teaching social studies subjects, and Morgantown’s Sister Cities’ Friends of Guanajuato. For those interested, please call in February to discuss the program and learn more about the application process.

This program is co-sponsored by WVU’s Office of International Programs and WVU’s Intensive English Program, in World Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. The exchange is made possible by the longstanding international agreement signed in 1989. There are now 85 alumni from both sides.

Guanajuato’s Centro de Idiomas uses an integrated language teaching style. The participants are placed at a beginner, intermediate, or advanced level. The cultural activities include arts, dance, ceramics, and music. For more information, send email to: George.Lies@mail.wvu.edu For more on Guanajuato, visit http://www.ugto.mx/ For course details, visit http://www.lenguas.ugto.mx .