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

The International Summer Program 2020 will offer the following courses:

Linguistics and Literature

Introduction to the Dictionary of Mexican Spanish (DEM)
Alfonso Medina Urrea
Americans Are Not Ogres​: The Translation of Mexican Literature in the US During The Cold War
Elena Madrigal y Tania Hernández

History and Politics

Le racisme et l’invisibilisation des afrodescendants en Amérique Latine. Cas de Mexique, Argentine et Brésil  (FRENCH)
Jean-Bosco Kakozi
 Mexico and Asia: From the galleon trade to the present
Christopher Lundry
From China with Confucius: Surveying Confucianism in Chinese Society and Politics in the 21st Century

Yong Chen
Religions and Politics in Latin America
Edgar Zavala
Mexico in Twelve Essays
Humberto Beck

Economy and Society

International trade: theory and the Mexican case
Julen Berasaluce
Latin America and Mexico: New Paradigm of Reproductive Health Rights, a Human Right 
Fátima Juárez
Varieties of Capitalism in Latin America
Ilan Bizberg
Development (D), Inequality (I) and Poverty (P). Towards a transdisciplinary unification of D, I and P concepts and measuring methods
Julio Boltvinik

Climate Change and Environment

Climate change, food security and sustainable rural development with reference to Mexico
Antonio Yúnez
The International Climate Change Policy: Disagreements between Rich and Poor Countries and the Future of the Planetary Climate. Brazil, Mexico and US experiences
José Luis Lezama

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.