Study Abroad in Queretaro
City and Academic Overview

Academic Programs

Centro Intercultural de Queretaro



City Information

Located in the heart of Mexico, 124 miles to the northwest of Mexico City, Querétaro is the capital city of the state of Santiago de Querétaro. Surrounded by the Sierra Gorda and Sierra Madre Oriental mountains, this dynamic city boasts two World Heritage Sites and numerous examples of colonial architecture. Having been in the forefront of many major historical events and now ranked as one of the top Latin American cities with one of the most dynamic economies in Mexico, this vibrant city is an ideal place to experience the best of Mexico. Students can stroll through the picturesque colonial center, little plazas and narrow alleys, taking in the baroque architecture, well-preserved mansions, convents, monasteries, haciendas and art museums. This city of contrasts, which combines the old and the new, is the ideal setting for an intercultural experience.

Study Abroad in Querétaro

Students who choose to study abroad in Querétaro complete courses at the Centro Intercultural de Querétaro (CIQ). The CIQ was founded in 1994 and is a lovely two-story building with a courtyard and a garden located in the heart of Querétaro. All courses at the CIQ are taught by qualified professors with a minimum of 15 years experience.


Why Querétaro?

  • One of Mexico’s loveliest colonial cities
  • City for walkers
  • Opal mines nearby
  • Nearby natural hot springs & quality health spas
  • Aqueduct, with its 74 stone arches, opened in 1738
  • Sunday concerts in the Jardín Obregón
  • Night life with concerts, theater & restaurants
  • Wide range of musical events including the Philharmonic Orchestra of Querétaro & the Rondallas – student musicians who promenade through the narrow streets
  • Gateway to many other Mexican places of interest