Mexico: PEPE Summer Program (Programa de Español para Extranjeros)

*This program is now closed for Summer 2018.

Summer Program: June 22 - July 22, 2018
Summer Application Deadline: April 16, 2018

The Spanish Program for International Students "PEPE" (by its acronym in Spanish) is a cultural immersion program that was created in 2015 by the University of Guadalajara (UDG), in which the participants develop and improve their linguistic skills in Spanish while they live and experience Mexico's cultural and artistic diversity.

Since its first edition, PEPE has become an excellent platform to achieve international and intercultural learning and to get closer to the traditions and customs of Mexico and Latin America.



*$2,800.00 USD PEPE program fee waived for WSU students. 
Items included in waived fee: 
room & board, workshops, tandem activities, class materials, cultural activities, transportation to activities, pick-up and drop-off (airport-hotel-airport), and certificate of participation. 

Program Cost: See below (cost excludes tuition)

WSU Tuition and Fees* varies (3-6 credits)
Roundtrip Airfare

$650 - $900

Suggested Arrival date: June 22, 2018

Suggested Departure date: July 22, 2018

WSU Program Fee $150

included in the PEPE program fee

(double occupancy hotel rooms)

Meals included in the PEPE program fee
Books and Local Transportation varies based on individual
Personal spending money (entertainment, extracurricular activities, side-trips, incidentals) varies based on individual
International Health Insurance $56.00

*Additional students from WSU can benefit from the current efforts of collaboration with APLU institutions. This means, students that were not chosen to participate under the agreement, from WSU, can still apply for a 50% discount on the cost of the program.

Additional Costs:
WSU tuition, GeoBlue International Health Insurance, personal expenses, passport processing fees.

In addition to the WSU program fee, students will pay current published tuition and fees to WSU for 3-6 credit hours at the appropriate level through the normal tuition payment process. Students with questions regarding the tuition and fee assessment rate may contact Registration and Scheduling at (313) 577-3541 or view:

The Office of Study Abroad and Global Programs reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or to make any adjustments to the preliminary cost estimates due to conditions beyond its control.

Payment Information:

The $150 Program Fee, payable upon acceptance to the program, is non-refundable. The fee is payable directly to the Office of Study Abroad and Global Programs. Information regarding payment of this fee will be provided to students after they have applied and been accepted into the program.

All tuition and fees will be assessed to your student account and are subject to University Tuition and Fee Policies, which can be located here.

Determine passport and entry requirements here: Mexico Entry Requirements



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CUCEA (first three weeks):
Periférico Norte N° 799,
Núcleo Universitario Los Belenes,
C.P. 45100, Zapopan, Jalisco, México.

CUCOSTA (fourth week):
Av. Universidad #203,
delegación Ixtapa,
CP. 48280, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, México.


Course work

Link to PEPE Program Website:

Academic Focus: Spanish Language and Culture

The courses you choose will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by your department and the WSU Office of Transfer Credit Evaluation to determine WSU course equivalency.

Prerequisites and Eligibility:
Undergraduate and graduate Wayne State University students are eligible to participate as well students from other universities and colleges interested in receiving college level credits. You must also:

  • Be a student in good standing with the University and with the home college/department.
  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA or nomination by major department
  • Be a Sophomore standing or higher.

Selection of applicants is done on a rolling basis; students are evaluated and considered for admission throughout the academic year. You will be notified of your acceptance status by the Study Abroad Programs Office. If you wish to participate, you will be required to sign and return the Decision Form and Waiver and Release Statement to accept the terms of the program and secure your place.


Apply now

Complete the program application here.

What happens next?
After you submit your WSU application, transcript, and $50 application fee, we will review your application for eligibility. If eligible, we will submit your nomination for the exchange to our partner/host university. After we receive confirmation of placement from the host university (during the host nomination period only), we will send you an acceptance notification with the placement decision and additional instructions. If you are accepted, you will have 2 weeks after receipt of your acceptance notification email to confirm your placement and pay your non-refundable deposit of $150.

General Application Process:
Please see below for the general outgoing exchange application and admission process. Please note that each partner university has specific document and application procedures - please read your WSU Study Abroad acceptance notification email in detail for your specific program instructions.

  1. Submit WSU Online Application with Supporting Documents
  2. Nomination Submitted to Host University (Nomination Timeline Set by Host U.)
  3. Partner University Confirms Participation Status
  4. WSU Acceptance Notification & Instructions Emailed to Participant
  5. Host University Application Documents Collected & Submit by Partner Deadline
  6. Accommodation Application for Host University Prepared
  7. Letter of Invitation Sent by Host University
  8. Host University Coordinator will Communicate with Participants
  9. Visa Application (if needed), Arrival Details and Travel Plans
  10. Course Registration Processes at WSU and Host University
  11. Travel to your Host University & Have a Good Program!

For more information, please contact:
Lisa Kyle at or The Office of Study Abroad and Global Programs (313) 577-3207

All correspondence and acceptance will be made by our office via email. Be sure to list an email address that you regularly check on your application. It is your responsibiltiy to make sure you are receiving pertinent documents. If you are worried that your email account is rejecting our email, please contact our office immediately.