About the

International Summer Program


The International Summer Program was created to enhance exchange agreements between El Colegio de México and various worldwide universities, and to help raise the profile of Latin American and Mexican Studies around the world.

The Program is taught in English and its curriculum focuses on the study of Mexican and Latin American realities as approached by the faculty at El Colegio de México. Additionally, students on the program will attend Spanish language classes and cultural tours around the Mexico City area.

Courses and professors


Fundamentals of theoretical and applied terminology
María Pozzi
Introduction to the Dictionary of Mexican Spanish
Alfonso Medina Urrea
The Thousand and One Faces of the Politics of Language in Mexico
Rebeca Barriga

Environment & Urbanization

The 21st Century Metropolis, Urbanization and Economic Development: Mexico and International Experiences
Alejandra Trejo Nieto
Environmental Policy in Mexico
Vicente Ugalde y Carlos Andrés López Morales


An Overview of Mexican History 1517-2017
Anne Staples
Economic History of Mexico,1800-2000
Sandra Kuntz Ficker
Public Intellectuals in the 20th Century: Politics, Literature and Ideology
Roberto Breña
Drugs and Empires in Mexico: A Historical Perspective
Froylán Enciso


Latin America in the 21st Century: From the Left Turn to the Return of the Right
Juan Cruz Olmeda
Understanding the China-Latin America Relationship
Marisela Connelly

Economy and Society

Social Choice and Political Economy with a Latin American Perspective
David Cantalá
Development (D), Inequality (I) and Poverty (P). Towards a transdisciplinary unification of D, I and P concepts and measuring methods
Julio Boltvinik

Latin American Culture and Spanish Language

In addition to the academic courses, students will be offered Spanish language classes. The following levels are offered, based on the individual needs of students.


For those without any previous instruction in Spanish, this level will equip students with the basic skills to understand and use familiar everyday expressions from the Hispanic world and to engage in basic interactions with Spanish speakers.

Basic (A2)

For students with some background knowledge of Spanish, this level will equip students with the skills to understand everyday phrases and expressions related to their immediate environment, to talk about simple tasks, and exchange relevant information about their basic needs.

Intermediate (B1)

For those who have taken at least 150 hours of lessons in Spanish as a foreign language, this level will equip students with the skills to understand most everyday situations and to express themselves in a simple way about familiar topics whenever needed, as well as to talk about their areas of interest and experiences.


Those enrolled on the International Summer Program will receive a certificate of attendance and a grade report confirming only passing scores (8 or above in a 10 point scale).

The attendance certificate will show the total hours/lessons and its equivalence in academic credits.

We will provide advice regarding credit transfer as required, but we strongly recommend that all our students contact the academic office of their home institution for more details about their respective universities credit transfer requirements.