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Mexico: Business Hospitality Seminar
Cancun, Mexico; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Program Terms: Spring Break
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: DePaul University applicants only
Click for Tuition + Program Fee Spring Break
Dates / Deadlines:
Thank you for your interest in this program! We are not currently accepting applications. In general, applications open about 6 months before program application deadlines.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-term Academic Level: Graduate, Undergraduate
Eligible GPA: 2.0 Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisite: None Liberal Studies Domain: Global Business Perspective, JYEL
Program Description:

During Spring Break in late March, the DePaul University group will travel to Puerto Vallarta and Cancun over DePaul's spring break in late March. Contact time is planned for each day so that students have ample opportunity to discuss differences in consumer behavior and preferences, impacts of culture in tourism behavior, forecasting issues, pricing strategies, ethical concerns, and service delivery variations.

Although Mexico shares our southern border, most hospitality students are not aware of the cultural and operational differences between the two nations. The hospitality industry in Mexico is the third greatest source of income of the country, after oil and manufacturing, and it represents 9% of its GDP. Mexican authorities forecast a foreign investment of US $3 billion into tourism in the next three years, mainly from Spanish, German, and Asian enterprises. Large hospitality groups such as Meliá and Barceló from Spain will continue the expansion of their operations in resorts destinations such as Cancún, Los Cabos, Ixtapa, Loreto, and Huatulco.

Dr. Chris Roberts from the School of Hospitality Leadership, will escort the students during the Spring Break visit to Mexico.


There will be three pre-trip class sessions and one post-trip class at DePaul's Loop campus. Attendance at all four sessions is mandatory. The pre-trip sessions, to be held in February and March, will go over details pertaining to the student trip to Mexico during Spring Break.

The course syllabus will provide additional detail on the assessment of participants, but attendance at scheduled activities, appropriate behavior during the seminar, and a post-trip paper are expected. Upon successful completion, seminar participants will receive 4 hours of elective credit for the winter quarter. Graduate students receive credit for IB 750 and undergraduate students, ICS 350.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.

Safety in Mexico

DePaul University is committed to student safety.  Although Mexico has been put on the State Department Travel Warning list at the country-level, the areas in which DePaul operates study abroad programs are considered by the State Department to be stable and safe. Click here for the complete report.  More than 7,000 U.S. students study abroad in Mexico annually (IIE, Open Doors).  If students or their parents have any questions regarding the safety of study abroad in Mexico, please call our office at 312-362-6962.


Hotel accommodations on the Mexico portion of the program are included in the program price and are double occupancy.


All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition and a program fee. Tuition is billed at the students regular DePaul tuition rate based on the number of credits enrolled. Click here for the program fee for your program.  Read the details carefully to understand exactly what is included. Please also note the withdrawal policy.


If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require students to obtain student visas. In that case, contact the countrys local consulate or embassy for up-to-date instructions. Please note that visa requirements can change quickly. The Study Abroad Program will update this website to reflect changes as they become available.


Questions about this program? Contact your study abroad advisor Kristen Jackson at or visit during your advisor’s open advising hours.


DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

This program is currently not accepting applications.