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CSUF: ART in Guanajuato and Mexico City, Mexico
Guanajuato, Mexico; Mexico City, Mexico (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter Session
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Winter Session
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
CSUF Department/Faculty-Led
Financial Aid:
College of the Arts (COTA) Scholarship, Program Scholarship
Housing Options: Hotels
Areas of Study:
Art, Art History
Class Standing: Graduate, Junior, Senior
Language of Instruction:
College of Arts Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
CSUF Faculty:
Adams, R. Service Learning Opportunity: Yes
Program Description:

ART 312, 480, 499: Modern Art:  Mexican Muralism and the Art of Frida Kahlo, Winter Session 2018

San Miguel de Allende

Mexico City is a fascinating capital that entices its visitors with endless options. One of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, it might seem a bit overwhelming to the first- time visitor, though it doesn’t have to be. Many of the most visited tourist attractions in Mexico City are concentrated in the historic center, including the Plaza de la Constitucion or "Zocalo", the National Palace, Metropolitan Cathedral, Templo Mayor, Palace of Fine Arts, all of which are within walking distance from our hotel. The possibilities are endless. Have you thought about food yet?  Mexico City has some of the best cuisine in the world.  You're in for a culinary treat!

In Mexico City we will visit museums and historical and archaeological sites, like Teotihuacan, the largest city in Mesoamerica during Pre-Columbian times.  The murals we will be studying are located inside government buildings and public spaces.  They promote the identity of Mexico as a mestizo nation, and promote art as a public commodity, not only the province of a few wealthy collectors.  A visit to "the Blue House," Frida
Kahlo's home will provide insight to her life and the creation of her brutally honest self-portraits, many which revealed her tortured existence. We will walk the streets, see the sights and get immersed in this rich and diverse culture.

Guanajuato is a charming and traditional Mexican city that is located in the geographical heart of the country. The city boasts fine architecture, interesting tourist attractions and a lively atmosphere, in part due to the large student population. Though Guanajuato is comparatively small and compact, the city is a maze of narrow interweaving streets and tunnels. Often the best method to explore Guanajuato is to simply get lost in the numerous brightly colored streets.

Some of the activities in the program include a visit to Diego Rivera's childhood home, which houses one of the most important collections of Rivera's art in the country.The Alhondiga de Granaditas, now museum, was once a storehouse and a where important events of  the Mexican Independence movement took place. The paintings in this building, where we continue our study of murals, offer a stunning visual narration of Mexico's struggle for independence.. We will participate in a "callejoneada" a walking serenade during which local musicians dress in 17th century costumes and lead groups of people at dusk through the twisted alleyways while playing music, singing songs and telling stories and local legends. If you are not the squeamish type you'll enjoy going to the Mummy museum, where you can see a number of naturally mummified bodies.

Included in the program is a day trip to San Miguel de Allende, Travel +Leisure's #1 city to visit in the world in 2017. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, San Miguel is renowned for its Mexican baroque architecture, beauty, culture and community. The arts are celebrated and small family-run businesses are the heart and soul of the downtown

View a student video from the 2016 program!

Program Dates: 2-15 January 2018 
January 2: Travel to Mexico City, Mexico
January TBD: Program in Mexico City (see above)
January TBD: Travel to Guanajuato, Mexico
January TBD: Program in Guanajuato (see above)
January 15: Return to U.S
January TBD: CSUF campus class meetings, 9-11:45 AM- MANDATORY

Program Highlights
  • Earn 3 units
  • Course led by experienced CSUF faculty leader
  • Meaningful academic field trips and cultural site visits included in the program
  • Service Learning Opportunity!
  • Guardian, Presidential, Honors Program, and Future Scholars all welcome to apply!

Watch the "Walls that Unite" video!

Read the "Muralism, Study Abroad Highlight ‘Walls That Unite’" article featured in CSUF News

Walls that Unite CSUF News

Course and Faculty
Required Course:
You must enroll in one of the following courses to participate in the this program:  
  • ART 312: Modern Art (3 units)
  • ART 480T: Selected Topics in Art History (3 units)
  • ART 499: Independent Research (3 units)
Service-Learning Project: "Walls that Unite"
Students enrolled in this program will participate in the Ojos de Agua wall canvas mural project “Walls that Unite.” Students will provide service in the community that is directly connected to the academic content of the course and to the study abroad experience. The purpose of “Walls that Unite” is to allow youth to express themselves through the creation of art that will educate, inspire, and build community. Students will design a canvas mural, guide, and supervise local children on how to create a collaborative community wall. The students and youth will install and present the project to the community upon completion.

Students are expected to attend all of their class meetings (whether online, abroad and on the CSUF campus), unless there is a medical reason which prevents them from doing so, and to adhere to all behavioral norms established on their respective campuses. Additionally, they are required to follow the laws and regulations, and respect the cultural mores, national traditions and customs of the host country.


Rose Adams Outdoors  
Prof. Rose Adams
Department of Visual Arts

Students will live in 3-star hotels in the centers of Mexico City and Guanajuato (double or triple occupancy).

Costs & Financial Aid

Program Fee + Winter Session Tuition & Student Fees = $3,150 (Total estimated per participant. Estimate based on 2017 Program and CSUF Winter Tuition and Student Fees. 2018 CSUF Winter Tuition and Student Fees coming soon).  Program fee cover hotel accommodation with breakfast each day, group transportation in Mexico for program-related activities, and international airfare on group flight:
  • Payable to CSUF
  • Program fees are based on a minimum student enrollment. If enrollment falls below the minimum, CSUF reserves the right to adjust the program fee to accommodate a smaller number of students.
  • Foreign Travel Health Insurance coverage is provided by CSUF for the duration of your travel abroad.
  • See full details for costs, deposits, and refunds for program here: Estimated expenses and payment schedule 2018.docx

Tuition and Student Fees
Additional Costs Not included in the Program Fee - Students will not pay these amounts to CSUF, but should plan ahead for these expenses prior to travel and to have on hand while travelling in Mexico.
  • Meals in Mexico not indicated on the itinerary - estimated $220
  • Entrance fees in Mexico (museums and activities) - estimated $30
  • Taxi & Metro in Mexico- estimated $20
  • Passport and visa fees before travel to Mexico
  • Immunizations before travel to Mexico
  • Personal expenses before and during time in Mexico (shopping, entertainment, independent travel, etc.)

Financial Aid
There are many opportunities for CSUF students to study abroad and continue to receive financial aid. Click here to learn more about financial aid for study abroad.

  • The Mexican Muralism and the Art of Frida Kahlo Program is offering $250 scholarships; all program applicants are eligible.  Please contact Professor Adams for more Information.
  • College of the Arts (COTA) is offering matching scholarships to students, who meet the following criteria.  Please contact Professor Adams for more information:
    • Eligible students must have also received a $250 program scholarship
    • Eligible students must also be COTA students.  
  • CSUF scholarships
  • ASI scholarships
  • General scholarships info

Passport & Visa
You must have a valid passport for at least six (6) months after the date of international departure.  U.S. passport applications can be obtained at any major post office. See here for more information.  This process usually takes about 4-6 weeks, so plan early to apply for a new or renewed passport.

U.S. passport holders do not require a visa to enter the country of Mexico for a period of up to 180 days.  Find Mexico entry information here:

Non-US passport holders can visit for specific information about visa requirements.

Application & Deadlines

  • Participants should have junior or senior standing with good academic standing. Graduate students may apply.
  • Valid passport and visa (if applicable); see above section
  • Completed online program application
  • Open to all majors. Can fulfill graduation requirements for general and art majors or as an elective. 

Deadlines and Important Dates
Sept. 15, 2017 
1. Regular Decision Online Application Due
2. $500 Deposit Due - Turn in your $500 deposit and a copy of the “Deposit to University Account*” page to the University Cashier (University Hall UH 180). Get a receipt from the cashier and bring a copy to VA-102 and leave it in Rose Adams' box.
Sept. 22, 2017 Application Status Notification
Sept. 27, 2017 Student Commitment Deadline
Oct. 17, 2017 Second Payment for $750 Due - Submit your second payment for $750 and deposit page to the University Cashier (UH180). Get a receipt from the cashier and bring a copy to VA-102.
TBD Online Program Forms Due
Nov. 15, 2017 Full payment of $750 Due - Submit your final payment for $750 and deposit page to the University Cashier (UH180). Get a receipt from the cashier and bring a copy to VA-102.
TBD Pre-Departure Orientation

Contact Us
Programming-related Questions (e.g. payments, enrollment, etc.) - Abigail Segura, Study Abroad Program Coordinator -
Course-related Questions: Professor Adams -
Application and Online Forms: Study Abroad Office -

This program is supported by a service-learning grant from the Center for Internships & Community Engagement through
the Student Success Initiative.

Art Pic 2

This program is currently not accepting applications.