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Puebla, Mexico Academics


To apply, you must be a currently enrolled, degree-seeking, undergraduate UW-Eau Claire student. You need to be in good-academic, conduct and financial standing. You also need to have a cumulative GPA of 2.5. You must maintain enrollment and continue to meet the academic standing and GPA requirements the semester prior to departure. You may apply as a first year student, but must have at least sophomore standing by the time the program begins. You must have completed 5 semesters of university-level Spanish (through 301) prior to participation. 


As an exchange student, you have the option of taking Spanish as a Foreign Language courses, regular university courses, or a combination, depending on the results of your placement exam. 15 U.S. credits (which is 30 UPAEP credits) is considered a normal course load.

If your language level is high enough for regular university courses, you may take any courses for which you have the appropriate pre-requisites.  Service-learning opportunities are available through the Liberal Arts Service-Learning program, a credit-bearing program open to both Mexican and international students.  You can find additional UPAEP academic information, as well as brief course descriptions, on this page.  Scroll down to "Regular English Courses" for courses taught in English, then further down to "Programs" for courses taught in Spanish.  (Note that the course descriptions are also in Spanish!)

Some of the most popular courses for international students include:
  • Psicología del mexicano
  • Literatura latinoamericana
  • México Mágico
  • Diálogos entre ciencia y religión
  • Filosofía Mexicana
  • Cultura Mexicana
  • Literatura Mexicana
  • Historia del Cine Mexicano
  • Historia de la Cultura Mexicana
Because this is a newer program, we are still evaluating UW-Eau Claire course equivalencies.  If you have questions about course equivalencies, please contact Cheryl Lochner-Wright, the Mexico study abroad coordinator, at  

UW-Eau Claire Equivalencies

Established course equivalencies:
Literatura latinoamerica = SPAN 367
Historia de la Nueva Espana = SPAN 355
Literatura del Siglo de Oro = SPAN 363 
Literatura del siglo de oro de la Nueva España = SPAN 491 Special Topics - Literature

To find courses that have been evaluated, go to the Transfer Wizard site by clicking here
  • Choose Mexico, then click "Search"
  • Click on Univ Auto del Estado de Puebla
  • Click "Search" again. All courses that have been evaluated for UWEC credit will appear. 
If the course does not appear on the transfer wizard, it has not yet been evaluated for UWEC credit. 

Please remember that the transfer wizard is a historical record. There is NO guarantee that the same courses will be offered in the future or that they will be offered during the term in which you will be abroad. 

Liberal Education/General Education Requirements

For students in catalog years 2016-17 and later, this program can fulfill an Integrate Learning (I1) requirement upon completion of the integrated learning assignments while abroad. Please contact your study abroad coordinator for more details. 

For students in catalog years through 2015-16, Foreign Culture can be waived upon successful program completion. The requirement is not automatically applied: please email Degree Review at after completion of your program to update your degree audit. (Students earning a B.A., B.F.A., or B.M. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences cannot use study abroad to fulfill their foreign language/foreign culture requirements. See the university catalog for details.). 

Language Immersion

All Spanish and Latin American Studies majors and minors in any of the emphases offered must complete an appropriate period of language immersion in residence in a country where the language is spoken. This program meets the language immersion requirement.

Academic Calendar

Fall semester runs from the second week of August through the second week of December.  Spring runs the third week of January to the first week of May.  Exact dates will be available the semester prior to departure.