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*WCU Winter in Mexico - Migration, Globalization, and Social Change in Cuernavaca
Cuernavaca, Mexico (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter
Restrictions: WCU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2019 10/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.5
Housing Options: Other (see "accommodations" section below for details) Area of Study: Cultural Studies, Latin American Studies, Politcal Science
Program Type: WCU Faculty/Staff-Led Program Abroad Credit Type: Direct WCU Credit
Available to Non-WCU Students?: No Faculty/Staff Director: Daniela Johannes, Linda Stevenson
College: Arts & Humanities, Sciences & Mathematics
Program Description:
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
This is an intensive experiential program designed for students who are interested in gaining cross-cultural skills, awareness of diversity, and developing community-related resources. Instruction and field experience help students understand the connections between the global and the local, get in contact with diverse communities and understand their needs, as well as learning how people in this corner of the world are organizing for positive social change around issues of race, ethnicity, socio-economic class, gender, sexuality, economics, and the environment.
 
LOCATION
Cuernavaca, Mexico
 
ACCOMMODATION
All participants will stay in shared accommodations including a Student Residence in Cuernavaca, 2 nights with a family in a rural village Ixtilco del Grande, and 2 nights stay in hotel in Mexico City.
 
LANGUAGE
All instruction on this program will be conducted in English. No prior knowledge of Spanish is required for participation in this program, though introductory level Spanish is recommended.
 
COURSES OFFERED
This program will offer two courses:
ESP324 Latinos in the U.S. (3 credits)
PSC340 Latin American Culture and Politics (3 credits)

Students may enroll in one course (3 credit hours) or both courses (6 credit hours).

EXAMPLES OF POSSIBLE EXCURSIONS
Visit Templo Mayor, Diego Rivera Murals in the National Palace, National Cathedral in Zocalo of Mexico City
Swim in the pool of an Ex-Hacienda on a former sugar plantation from the colonial period
Meet with US Embassy Officials
Meet with Mexican government officials and political parties
Meet with NGOs dedicated to economic insertion, migration and globalization, politics, women´s and gender issues, and the environment
Visit with corn/maize farmers and farmworkers affected by NAFTA, GMOs,
Experience an ancient Nahua ceremony
Opportunity to buy crafts directly from Mexican and Central American artesans
Enjoy art and fine music in the Café Tacuba in Mexico City
 
PROGRAM COSTS
In addition to the regular WCU tuition/fees for the credit hours earned on this program (3 credits or 6 credits), all participants will be billed an additional Program Fee of $1,685 which covers all housing, meals, excursions, in-country transportation, and seminars in Mexico.  In addition, all students will be billed the non-refundable $100 WCU Study Abroad Application Fee upon applying to the program. 

Not included in the program fees listed above are the round-trip airfare (estimated around $700) and additional spending money.

AVAILABLE SCHOLARSHIPS
Latin American and Latinos Studies grant
Department of Languages and Cultures Scholarships (Roberts, Espulgas, Humbolt)
CGEE Ausburg College Scholarship

All students are also encouraged to review the Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Travel Awards listed on the Center for International Programs website

CONTACT INFORMATION
Linda Stevenson
lstevenson@wcupa.edu, 610-436-3435

Daniela Johannes
djohannes@wcupa.edu 610-436-3327