The Chiapas, Mexico program emphasizes immersion in, and intensive study of, Spanish language and Latin American culture. Students study in San Cristóbal de las Casas, a vibrant mountain city in the Chiapas state in the Mexican southeast. The academic program starts with three weeks of intensive, small group instruction in Spanish. During the remainder of the semester, students continue their Spanish language instruction and add in additional courses. The program involves coursework from a range of subjects: Mayan Societies, Environmental Studies, Theater of the Oppressed, Medical Spanish and Public Health. All students also take the study abroad seminar taught by their CSB/SJU faculty director, and participate in activities and excursions. Each student lives with a Mexican host family. Courses are taught by language academy teachers and faculty from local universities.