Study Abroad in Puebla, Mexico

The city and municipality of Puebla was founded in 1531 and is the capital of the state of Puebla, and one of the five most important colonial cities in Mexico. Though it is situated in a subtropical zone, Puebla offers a mild climate because of its high altitude. Puebla is rich in stunning architecture – from Renaissance style to Mexican Baroque – and was honored in 1987 by being named a World Heritage site. It is located to the east of Mexico City and west of the port of Veracruz.

Besides its architecture, its temperate weather, and abundant cultural life, Puebla is also known for its cuisine, most notably, the mole poblano and chiles en nogada. It is considered to be the gastronomical capital of Mexico. With its café-lined streets, vibrant markets, and thriving arts scene, there is plenty to keep you busy in the city as well as the surrounding towns. In fact, just outside of the city lies the tiny town of Cholula, home of the great pyramid (built in the 2nd century BCE) and known for its 365 churches (one for each day of the year). 

In addition, Puebla is an educational hub with a number of well-known universities located in the city, including the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla, where the Arcadia program is based.