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|Experience Type:||Research Abroad, Study Abroad||Area of Study:||Criminology, Development Studies, Environmental Studies, Geography, Human Rights, Latin American Studies, Political Science, Spanish Language|
|Course Language:||English||Housing Options:||Homestay|
|Eligibility:||2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate||Minimum GPA:||2|
|Student Type:||Both undergraduate and graduate students||Advisor:||Thomas Teague|
|Program Director:||Oliver Froehling, Tad Mutersbaugh||UK Travel Medical Insurance:||Included in the UK Sponsored program fee|
Social and Environmental Justice in Southern Mexico
2014 Dates: TBD (June 10, 2013 - August 2, 2013)Although some areas of Mexico are currently under a U.S. State Department Travel Warning, the specific location of this program is NOT included in that warning. Eligible UK students may participate in this program with full support from the University. The University requires that all students on this program submit supplemental materials regarding this information PRIOR to Education Abroad application acceptance for this program. It is important to understand that should the Travel Warning change to include the location of this program there might be additional application requirements that must be completed in order to maintain University support for participation in the program. **There are supplemental application forms for all applicants on this program. Contact Thomas Teague, firstname.lastname@example.org, before applying for this program.**
This field-based program offers students the opportunity to learn about the culture, economy, environment and social justice issues of southern Mexico through first-hand experiences in a variety of settings. Based at the Universidad de la Tierra in Oaxaca, the program emphasizes a grassroots perspective on the challenges of globalization and proposes alternate ways of creating local solutions.
Oaxaca, the capital of Oaxaca State, is a vibrant city shared by people from different classes and different parts of the world. Sixteen indigenous groups, each with its own distinct language, culture and tradition comprise two thirds of the state of Oaxaca's population. These communities are on the forefront of political change in Mexico and are transforming the political landscape with their demands for autonomy and respect for their culture.
The program also provides students the opportunity to explore the state of Oaxaca. With ecosystems that range from deserts to high mountain cloud forests to tropical rainforests and coastal regions, Oaxaca yields the greatest geographical range and biodiversity in Mexico.
In addition to regular class time, students will participate on field visits and engage with members of the local community. The last three weeks of the program will be devoted to field-based research projects relative to each student's academic goals and interests. Although not required, students may choose to take intensive Spanish language classes with local teachers.
The program is directed by the Department of Geography and coordinated in conjunction with the University of Arizona and American University.
- Experience one of the most ecologically diverse regions on earth
- Study the rights of indigenous people and examine alternatives to development: different conceptions and ways to create a good life
- Join communities of young people in creating sustainable alternative livelihoods
- Get involved with diverse NGOs and grassroots organizations working to address environmental and social problems
- UK Sponsored programs are conducted by the University of Kentucky faculty. UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings.
Students will enroll in up to nine hours with approval from their academic advisor. Students may choose from the following courses:
- GEO 365: Special Topics in Regional Geography: Oaxaca (3 credit hours)
- GEO 399: Internship in Geography (3 credit hours)
- GEO 406G: Field Studies: Oaxaca (3 credit hours)
- GEO 565: Topics in Geography (3 credit hours)
- GEO 706: Advanced Field Studies: Oaxaca (1-9 credit hours)
- GEO 712: Development Studies and Geography: Oaxaca (3 credit hours)
- Students are encouraged to take intensive Spanish language classes with local teachers. The language courses are non-credit bearing.
- All students will be enrolled in ISP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour).
Housing and Meals
- Students will live with a local family for the duration of the program. All meals will be provided by the home-stay family.
- Excursions will involve other lodging, and all meals will be covered during these outings.
Scholarships & Financial Aid
Many financial aid packages (scholarships, loans and grants) used for on-campus study can be applied to education abroad programs. Students who qualify for financial aid should consult with their UK Financial Aid counselor as soon as possible to apply for funding.
The Education Abroad at UK Scholarship - The campus-wide Selection Committee awards need-based scholarships to UK students in the amounts of $750, $1,000 and $1,500. The deadline for application materials is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs.
- Costs and cancellation policies vary by program, so it is important to review this information very carefully. For more information on program costs, please see the "Fees and Policies" information page (the link is in the program header at the top of this website).
Passport & Visa Requirements
- Participants must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the expected date of return to the U.S. The UK Wildcat ID Center, in the UK Student Center, accepts U.S. Passport applications. For more information about U.S. Passport applications please visit the U.S. Department of State website.
- U.S. passport holders are not required to obtain a visa for participation on this program. Participants who wish to extend their stay in the country beyond the program start and end dates and those who are not U.S. passport holders must investigate the visa regulations at Mexican Embassy.
Travel Medical Insurance
For More Information
For additional information about this program, please contact:
- EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall
- Dr. Oliver Froehling, email@example.com. Dr. Froehling will be directing the program in Mexico. Students may also contact Dr. Tad Mutersbaugh, firstname.lastname@example.org, faculty member in the Geography Department at the University of Kentucky for more information.
- Mr. Thomas Teague, Education Abroad Advisor, email@example.com.
|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Summer 2||2014||04/01/2014**||Rolling Admission||06/10/2014||08/02/2014|
|NOTE: DATES ARE TENTATIVE|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.