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The school can enroll a maximum of 45 students at a time. The months of January, February, April, June, July and the beginning of August generally book early. Please e-mail or call before you send in your application, since the summer sessions fill up fast.
Spanish School Guatemala - Registration & Application

You can begin your studies at Pop Wuj - Spanish School Guatemala on any Monday (or at any weekday upon request) and stay for as many weeks as you like.  However a stay of at least three weeks is recommended in order to take full advantage of our program.

Please note the minimum time commitment of four weeks for the Medical Spanish and Spanish for Teachers programs. We recommend you plan your start date for the Medical Spanish or Spanish for Teachers program for the 1st or 3rd Monday in each month. With this you will receive your cultural competency lecture during your first week.
Call or e-mail to confirm space, especially during the busiest season (Jan, Feb, Apr, Jun, Jul, Aug). If your requested dates are unavailable, we will notify you promptly and recommend alternative dates.

Registration Applications
The registration application should be completed at least three weeks before your desired start date.  However we can be flexible and, if authorized, you can register as close as three to four days before your start date.  This will provide sufficient time to arrange a teacher and housing for you.

Your application should be accompanied by a non-refundable registration fee of $65 USD for the Spanish Immersion Course. Registration in the Medical Spanish and the Spanish for Teachers program is $150 USD.

Please note that the registration fee is not applied toward the tuition. Part of the registration fee will be directly invested by Pop Wuj into our community projects.  

Upon submitting your application, you will be automatically directed to GuatePay, a secure online payment service, to pay your non-refundable registration fee.  GuatePay accepts Visa, Mastercard, and American Express. You will receive confirmation emails from GuatePay and Pop Wuj after your application has been processed.

To make other arrangements, contact the Registration Coordinator, Jorge Archila, at

Textbooks and t-shirts can be purchased when you complete your registration. Textbooks are not required to study at Pop Wuj.

To register please fill in the appropriate application form:

Tuition Payments in Guatemala
Your tuition should be paid directly to the school upon arrival in Guatemala. Our preferred method of payment is Guatemalan quetzales and a discount will be given should you decide to pay in quetzales.

Pop Wuj also accepts credit card payments via Tab, a secure online payment system.  Please note the additional 4% fee when paying via Tab.

Unfortunately Pop Wuj can no longer accept personal or cashier’s checks. The reason that we ask that you not prepay your full tuition is because of the cost and delays involved in transferring money from outside Guatemala.

Changing Money/ATMs in Xela
It is possible to change US dollars to quetzales in the airport and at various locations in Xela.  The rate is much better in Xela so we do not recommend that you change much money at the airport.  Banks and money changers will not accept old or ripped bills and generally give a better rate for bills of higher denominations (i.e. $50 or $100 are better to change than $10 or $20 bills).  

ATMs are easily accessible in Guatemala, however please remember to tell your bank that you will be in Guatemala/traveling.  There is a Q2,000 (approx. $265 USD) daily limit on ATM withdrawals.  Mastercard is generally more difficult to use, however VISA ATM cards usually work fine.  Credit cards are generally accepted in very touristy areas and often charge an 8-10% fee.

If you need to cancel or postpone your trip, please contact registration coordinator, Jorge Archila, at as soon as possible. The registration fee is non-refundable.

After processing your application, we will send you a formal confirmation letter via e-mail, along with more information about the school, how to get there, and what you should bring with you when you come. To avoid any mistakes, please confirm your dates and program again after you have received the confirmation letter. If you have additional questions, email or call the registration coordinator, Jorge Archila.

No classes or activities will be scheduled on these days: New Years Day, January 1; Good Friday (date varies); Labor Day, May 1; Guatemalan Independence Day, September 15; All Saints Day, November 1; and Christmas Day, December 25.

Travel Advice
For travel advice please read How to Get Here.

Address of Pop Wuj - Spanish School Guatemala:
Primera Calle, 17-72, Zona 1
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala C.A.
Telephone: +502 (7761) 8286
The school is open weekdays from 8am to 6pm and on Sundays from 11:00am to 7:00pm.  The school is closed on Saturdays.

For all program, registration, and availability info:
International Registration Coordinator
Jorge Archila
Telephone: +1 (415) 689-0942
Jorge is based in the US and you can reach him best after 5pm PST and on weekends, otherwise you can always send him an email or leave a voicemail message.

For Medical/Public Health Programs:
Jorge Archila
Pop Wuj Spanish School Guatemala - Student Registration