BCA Xalapa

  • Location: Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
  • Language of Instruction: Spanish
  • Minimum GPA: 2.6
  • Class Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors, and seniors.


Xalapa is a thriving cosmopolitan capital of the Mexican state of Veracruz. Xalapa enjoys a year-round temperate climate with daily temperatures averaging 65 _F. The region is famous for its coffee and jalapeño peppers. It is called the “City of Flowers” because of the clear sunny mornings, followed by daily afternoon showers that provide an environment full of lush green foliage.

  • Visa:

    Required for stay longer than 180 days.

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  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition, room, and board to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting payments to the program.

  • Requirements

    Students must have completed the equivalent two semesters of college-level Spanish. It is preferred that students be enrolled in a Spanish course the semester before they are expecting to study abroad. Students must enroll in an appropriate-level Spanish language course while abroad.

    Academic Credit

    Students should have 15 semester credit hours each semester. Most classes are worth 3-4 credit hours. Depending on your language program, you may receive 3 or 4 credit hours for the 2 week intensive language study in Cuernavaca. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


    Spanish programs for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level students. Students can take classes at the Universidad de Veracruzana.

    Course Highlights

    Anthropology, Archaeology / Archeology, Biology, Business, Comparative Literature, Economics, Education, Fine Arts, Health Studies, History, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Spanish

    Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

    Review the Full Academic Requirements for Studying Abroad

  • Non-Academic Overview

    Orientation: Three-day orientation to Mexico and the BCA program. Two weeks of intensive language and cultural instruction in Cuernavaca

    Number of Students: Approximately 20,000 students at the Universidad Veracruzana. Approximately 10-15 American students attend each semester. No maximum.

    Housing/Meal Plans

    Home stays with Mexican families. Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program. 


Students who are applying to study in Mexico must have both parents sign the Parent Waiver on the Travel Resources website.  We also strongly suggest that parents of students studying abroad, especially in Mexico, also have valid passports.

Internships and volunteer work offered. More conservative environment for women.

Apply to Study Abroad!

  • Semester/Year
  • Semester I: Late July to mid or late December
  • Semester II: Early January to mid-July
  • Year: Late July to mid-July
Application Deadlines
  • Semester I: March 5
  • Semester II: October 15
  • Year: March 5
Faculty Contact

Graciela Michelotti

James Krippner

Aurelia Gomez Unamuno

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