Students take coursework pertinent to careers with disciplines ranging widely from bilingual education, ESL, school psychology, speech and hearing sciences, health and exceptional education among others. Students engage the local community and spend up to 4 hours a day doing service learning projects in schools, non-profits, and other social agencies in both rural and urban environments working with local professionals, students and teachers, and international scholars and faculty. Students will also work at Resplandor International an educational center in a rural community near Guanajuato. Graduate/undergraduate earn 6 credits.
Verano en México
Verano en México
Program Type: UA Faculty-led
Credit Type: UA Direct Credit
Level of Study: Graduate, Undergraduate
Class Eligibility: Freshman, Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Open To: UA and Non-UA Students
Language of Instruction: English
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The program focuses on the education of regular and exceptional bilingual/multicultural populations. Regular university courses will be taught in English. Participants will have the opportunity to observe Mexican public schools in action. There will be opportunities to teach and work with Mexican educators, children, and their families.
Courses offered - Students earn 6 undergraduate/graduate credit:
SERP 404/504 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Exceptional Learners
SERP 475/575 Observation and Participation in Mexican schools
SERP 499/599 Independent Study credits can also be arranged
Faculty: Dr. Todd Fletcher is a Distinguished Outreach Professor and Professor Emeritus in the UA Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies where he coordinated the bilingual multicultural special education concentration. He earned his undergraduate degree from Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico. Many other guest faculty and scholars from the United States, Mexico, Latin America, Europe and Asia participate in the program as well.
The Verano en Mexico program takes place in both Mexico City and Guanajuato, Mexico. Instruction and on-site experience will take place at the University of Guanajuato in Guanajuato, Mexico. The first week of the program is held in Mexico City, the capital of Mexico and the focal point of government, culture, and education. The city is surrounded by a range of volcanic mountains and is home to the world-renowned National Museum of Anthropology, Bellas Artes and the Ballet Folklórico, the Frida Kahlo “Casa Azul” Museum, the pyramids of Teotihuacan, the National Palace and the murals of Diego Rivera as well as the National University of Mexico. Visitors to Mexico City can take advantage of a rich cultural scene-from museums to the ballet to beautiful architecture-as well as an exotic variety of restaurants, serving anything from Yucatecan cuisine to sushi.
Students will travel by bus to Guanajuato. The city is built around the silver mining boom of the colonial era. Guanajuato is a city of beautiful architecture, winding roadways and “callejones.” Today, Guanajuato is filled with throngs of university students, as well as internationally recognized musicians, artists, and dancers. In addition to its historical importance, Guanajuato is also distinguished by some unusual points of interest, including the Museo de las Momias, a museum of human corpses; The Museo Iconografico del Quijote, a shrine to Cervantes; and the birthplace of Diego Rivera.
Students will stay with Mexican families and have opportunities to improve their language and cultural skills. They will be engaged in the community observing and collaborating with professionals in schools. University classes will be held at the University of Guanajuato which presents opportunities to interact with faculty and students. Students will also participate and teach at the Resplandor International Summer Camp during the last week of the program.
Students will stay at the Casa Gonzalez in Mexico City. While in Guanajuato, students may choose to live with local families or seek alternative housing with help from the program.
- Students who receive the Pell Grant may qualify for the Gilman Scholarship is a national study abroad scholarship sponsored by the Department of State.
- The Fund For Education Abroad is another national study abroad scholarship that is a great opportunity- if you are eligible, be sure to apply!
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