Vivir México

Mexico
Mexico City
Vivir México
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd DateCost
SummerFebruary 25JuneJulyBudget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 2.5
  • Language of Instruction
  • English
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Freshman , Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate
  • Program Open To
  • UA and Non-UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • UA Direct Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Homestay
  • Program Type
  • UA Faculty-led
Program Overview

Experience “Vivir Mexico” and earn six credits learning about the culture, history and people of Mexico and the political and social bilateral issues faced by Mexico and the US.  Spend one week in Mexico City, one week in Puebla, and one week in Guanajuato, and experience why UNESCO has designated them as “World Heritage” cities for their cultural and artistic wonders. 

Academics

Vivir México is a 5-week hybrid program that includes online assignments, service learning and in-country experiences. It is one of the most affordable study abroad program options that the UA offers. The purpose of this program is to encourage the participation of students who do not traditionally study abroad. The program familiarizes undergraduate students with the history, culture, and heritage of Mexico. Program will be presented in English with interpreters available when necessary.

Course Credits (6 units):

MAS 365 - Latinos and Latinas: Emerging Contemporary Issues

Using a comparative and multi-disciplinary focus, this course critically examines major issues in Latino/a scholarship. Major topics include: immigration, political economy, class, the politics of ethnic identity creation and maintenance, the construction of race, gender, sexuality, and policy issues. The Summer Abroad course will focus on the “roots” of Latinx/Mexican-American identity, allowing students to explore and reflect upon some of Mexico’s history and culture that has been central to the maintenance and resurgence of Mexican-American/Chicanx identity over time and space.

MAS 317 - Latin American Immigration and the Re-making of the U.S.

Migration is currently re-shaping American cities, families, urban landscapes, rural areas, and politics, and altering the nation's racial and cultural make up. In response, societal attitudes shift and are re-imagined. This course examines the quasi-permanent presence of undocumented immigrants in the United States in an age of global movements, how this confounds established spatial orders that have conventionally defined nationhood, and the ensuing struggles for belonging and place within 'a nation of immigrants course will focus on the homeland that the vast majority of immigrants in the U.S. come from, including traditional and “new” immigrant sending states.

 

 

Location

Mexico City, founded in 1325, has a history that still has a powerful impact on the country, while also taking its place as the “capital of the 21st Century, “  one of the most economically powerful cities in the world.    Students will spend one week in Mexico City visiting many cultural landmarks such as the world-renowned National Museum of Anthropology, the Zócalo, Teotihuacan (City of the Gods), and will participate in discussions and presentations on Mexico’s  history and culture, and present and future.     

Puebla, founded in 1531, is the location of the first and real Cinco de Mayo  in 1862. Students will be able to experience the rich culture, history, and architecture of the area as well as work with children in a Nahuatl-Spanish bilingual school.

Guanajuato, founded in 1559, is where “the history and folklore come alive in the streets and alleyways.”  See where the Mexican Revolution began and experience Mexico’s “Freedom Trail.”  Meet the people and participate in service activities at the rural community center of Resplandor, where students will help facilitate a summer camp for youth. 

Housing

Students will stay at the Casa Gonzalez, a hotel in the heart of Mexico City. While in Puebla and Guanajuato, students will live with local families and experience the local foods and traditions of the people of Mexico.

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