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Program & Admission Information - Oaxaca, Mexico  


The Programs

The Institute offers seven class levels, from beginning Spanish to advanced Mexican and Latin American Literature, to assure that students will find the correct level of instruction. The school gives placement exams upon arrival to place students in the appropriate class level.

The Institute offers 7 levels of classes with many sub levels to ensure proper placement of each student, ranging from the absolute beginner level to the more advanced Mexican and Latin American literature class.

Upon your arrival at the Institute you will be given a written and oral exam, administered by our highly trained staff. You will then be placed according to your written and oral expression and your previous language experience.

Classes are structured to fit the individual needs of each student.

Beginning levels concentrate on mastering vocabulary, simple sentence structure and phonetics. Focus is placed on the students' ability to excel in everyday situations using the Spanish language.

Intermediate levels encompass more complex vocabulary, sentence structure and application of grammatical rules to their reading, writing and speaking.

Advanced level classes place a special emphasis on perfecting each student's oral and written comprehension. On any given day, students may be found discussing topics such as current events, politics, or short stories from homework assigned the previous night, or refining their oral skills through intense review of the grammar complexities of Spanish.

We understand the difficulties that can be encountered when learning a language. Our aim is to assist each student in achieving their personal goal with respect to learning Spanish. Our teachers use a variety of teaching methods to enable students to excel rapidly in their oral and written comprehension.

Language and Crafts Course
The Course consists of approximately 4 hours of daily instruction, including grammar and conversation classes and Cultural Workshops (see below). Class size is kept to a minimum, with the average being 5-9 students per class, and never exceeds 12 students.

To maximize learning, instructors incorporate a variety of teaching methods including the use of films, role-play, music, etc. Monday through Friday, students participate in a three hour morning grammar class followed by one hour of conversation class. Through this combination, students will not only learn Spanish grammar, but also how to apply that knowledge in everyday conversational use.

For detailed information on the Cultural Workshops, please click here.

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Tutor Course
20 hours per week, private lessons. The Tutor Course includes 4 hours daily of Spanish or Zapotec language instruction in a one-on-one setting. Specialized vocabulary and/or cultural interests can be accommodated in this course. Classes are in the afternoon.

Note: Cultural Workshops are not included in the cost of this program, but are available upon request and at additional cost.

Group/Tutor + Arts & Crafts
Includes 20 hours per week of the Group classes, plus 10 hours per week of private tutor lessons in the early afternoon, plus participation in Arts, Crafts, Cooking and other cultural workshops during the late afternoon for 8 hours per week.

Group classes from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and tutor clases 2:00 to 4:00 pm and workshops after 4:00 pm.

Christmas Course
Course is perfect for those students who want to experience the holidays in Mexico. The course includes 4 weeks of Spanish language instruction combined with cultural activities and workshops specifically relating to the holidays. Spanish classes are held 9:00 - 12:00, with workshops from 12:00 - 14:00. Students share in the celebratory traditions of their host families to compliment their study.

Children's Program
This program is designed for children age 8 to 12 years. Participants are placed in classes with up to 8 children per group. Children are placed in different groups based on language proficiency and age.

The program places an emphasis on "learning by doing". Children have morning classes from 9:00 to 13:00. The daily schedule consists of one hour of grammar lessons, two hours of guided excursions within the city to various markets, museums, or other places of interest, and one hour of participation in cultural workshops. In the afternoon from 16:00 to 18:00, the children will receive art classes, which will provide an introduction to some of the different artisans of Oaxaca. On Fridays, the students will take longer excursions to outlying pueblos. Classes are held in a small building 15 minutes from the institute. Students interested in the Children's Program must travel with parents enrolled in classes at the institute.

Parents and children stay together in homestays. Families have the option of renting an apartment on a monthly basis during their stay in Oaxaca. Child care services/supervision is also available for children under age 7 who are traveling with parents enrolled in a study program. The child care services do not include language lessons, and are available during the times parents take language classes. For updated information, please contact NRCSA.

Dia de los Muertos Celebration Program


Admissions & Academic Credit

Students age 17 years and older are welcomed regardless of educational background, occupation or nationality. Students under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult. No previous knowledge of Spanish is required except where otherwise indicated.

Students desiring credit for their study program should contact their home school or request the NRCSA Credit Fact Sheet. Generally, U.S. universities consider 15 hours of study to be equal to 1 semester credit.

For more information about academic credit in Spanish speaking countries, please click here.
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Language & Crafts
Tutor Course
Group/Tutor + Arts & Crafts
Christmas Course
Children's Program

Admissions & Academic Credit

Intercambio/ Conversation Exchange


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