One of the driving principles in the creation of PMCSP was that of direct matriculation of students in conventional Mexican university classes, thereby offering the greatest possible immersion in the host culture and a truly authentic learning-abroad experience. Consequently, students enroll in regular BUAP courses appropriate for undergraduate students. The expectation is that students, before arrival in Puebla, and in conjunction with their major adviser and home-institution coordinator, will have developed a tentative listing of courses of interest. During program orientation and the first week of classes, each student, in consultation with the on-site resident faculty director, will finalize a program of study that effectively addresses individual, intellectual interests and academic requirements. Although course listings vary from semester to semester, this list of classes that former PMCSP students have taken over the years will give you an idea of the wide variety of courses open to you.
Since the PMCSP student will not be limited by a list of “program” courses, he or she will be able to select from an extensive array of courses in a variety of disciplines. These offerings are listed according to individual departments or schools (facultades) at the BUAP available at www.buap.mx under licenciaturas. It would be impossible to reproduce that listing here; however, a partial listing of courses taken by former PMCSP students gives an idea of options. The BUAP is quite strict about class attendance. Attendance is regularly taken in class and affects the final grade. In accordance with policy, students who have not attended 80 percent of class meetings will not be permitted to take final examinations. It should be noted that in addition to BUAP classes, all students must attend occasional meetings with the resident director.
Recognizing that students may bring with them different levels of Spanish fluency and varying degrees of background in the various subjects offered, PMCSP program students seeking extra help in a particular course will also be offered an additional hourly meeting with the instructor (or someone he or she designates). To receive home-institution credit equivalent to a semester of study, a student must satisfactorily complete a program of study consisting of four individual courses. Grades received in conventional courses according to Mexican grading policies will be transferred to U.S. equivalents. A grade of C or better is required for transfer credit to a consortium institution.
Other Learning Opportunities: PMCSP staff will assist students in identifiying additional learning opportunities and cultural activities in the Puebla community. The “Casa del Escritor” and the “Casa de Cultura” offer a wide variety of workshops focusing on the arts. Staff will also assist in identifying volunteer opportunities.