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OUP students and faculty in Mexico

All who study Spanish at OU need to study abroad at OU in Puebla! You should not graduate from the University of Oklahoma with a major or minor in Spanish if you have not studied abroad in a Spanish-speaking country, and Puebla is the best place for you.

– Grady Wray, Associate Professor of Spanish, OU Dept. of Modern Languages

Why Study Spanish at OU in Puebla?

Whether you're a Spanish major, minor, or fulfilling a language requirement for your degree program, OU in Puebla has a wide range of Spanish language courses to choose from, both through the University of Oklahoma and our partner university in Mexico, UPAEP. The courses you take in Puebla have already been equated to your Spanish major or minor, and OUP even makes it possible to complete your language requirement or your Spanish minor in a single semester or a summer in Puebla.

Not only can you take much of the required coursework for a Spanish major or minor, but you can also better your oral skills through conversation with native Spanish speakers. Nothing helps you lose your fear of oral communication faster than a “real life” experience. If you choose to study abroad at OU in Puebla, your cultural knowledge will also be greatly enhanced by the program's many excursions, which will change the way you view the world. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to grow both academically and personally.

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Grady C. Wray, Associate Professor of Spanish, received his Ph.D. from Indiana University at Bloomington in 1999 and joined the faculty of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics in 2000. Specializing in women writers of colonial Spanish America, Professor Wray's major investigatory focus concerns the religious writings of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. His book, The Devotional Exercises/Los Ejercicios devotos of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Mexico’s Prodigious Nun (1648/50-1695), is the first critical study and bilingual annotated edition on Sor Juana's devotional work.  

Professor Wray has won numerous teaching awards including the Longmire Prize, the Cecil W. Woods Memorial Award, and the Regent's Award for Superior Teaching. He is also a Who's Who Among America's Teachers Award Recipient. Typically he teaches graduate courses in colonial Latin-American literature as well as undergraduate courses in Spanish conversation and Latin-American literature. He has led the OU in Buenos Aires program several times and will be faculty in residence at the OU Center in Puebla, Mexico in Spring 2020.

Julie Ward Photo

Julie Ann Ward is Assistant Professor of 20th- and 21st-century Latin American Literature at the University of Oklahoma, USA. Her book, A Shared Truth: The Theater of Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol (U of Pittsburgh P, 2019), is the first book-length study of acclaimed Mexican theatre company Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol.

Her teaching and research focus on contemporary Latin American culture, particularly Mexican drama, narrative, and performance. Dr. Ward’s publications on this topic have appeared in Revista de Estudios HispánicosTheatre Journal, TransModernity, Latin American Theatre Review, Revista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea, and Paso de Gato, as well as the Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy and theRoutledge Companion to Gender, Sex and Latin American Culture.

She is the General Editor of student-generated Open Educational Resource, the Antología abierta de literatura hispana.

UPAEP: Our Partner University

In addition to taking courses with OU Faculty-in-Residence, OU in Puebla students have the unique opportunity to study alongside local students at our partner university, the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP). Taking courses at UPAEP offers you a more immersive experience, and allows you to build friendships and connections with students and faculty from Mexico and around the world.

Check out the video for a closer look at UPAEP and testimonials from international students!

Fast Facts about UPAEP:

  • UPAEP is a comprehensive private university run under the catholic tradition.
  • The urban campus located in a strategic location in the City of Puebla.
  • It has active exchange agreements with several universities around the world
  • UPAEP's academic calendar is very similar to OU's. 
  • Approximately half of the student body is not from the State of Puebla; many students enrolled at UPAEP come from other states in Mexico.
  • UPAEP has one of the largest private medical schools in the country.
  • UPAEP students from engineering and other areas designed and built the AzTech Sat-1, a CubeSat-class nanosatellite in collaboration with NASA.
  • International students at UPAEP, including OU students, take classes with local students from all regions of Mexico, as well as from other countries.