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*WCU Summer in Mexico: Migration, Globalization, and Social Change in Cuernavaca
Cuernavaca, Mexico (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Summer
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 02/28/2020 ** Rolling Admission 05/16/2020 05/24/2020
NOTE: Please note that dates and costs are tentative and subject to change. Contact the Program Directors listed below to confirm the most updated information.

** 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.
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Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.5
Housing Options: Other (see "accommodations" section below for details) Max Credits Offered: 6
Area of Study: Political Science, Social Work Program Type: WCU Faculty/Staff-Led Program Abroad
Credit Type: Direct WCU Credit Available to Non-WCU Students?: No
College: Education & Social Work, 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, community-related resources, and knowledge of social policies and their intersection with immigration and economic policies from Mexican, Indigenous, Central American and U.S. perspectives.
This is a collaborative program between faculty in WCU Social Work and Political Science designed for study in Mexico in May 2020.  Students in the Social Work course (SWO 432: Advanced Policy Practice) and students in the Political Science course (PSC 340: Latin American Culture and Politics) will spend nine (9) days in Mexico visiting with local activists, policy makers, government officials, and families in order to better understand the social, economic, and political context of both migration and organizing for change.  Projects for each class will vary.
Cuernavaca, Morelos, and Mexico City, Mexico
All students will stay 3 nights in a hotel or a Benedictine Study Center in Mexico City, and the other nights 2 hours’ drive south, at Augsburg University’s Center for Global Education and Experience Student Study Center, in the city of Cuernavaca, in the state of Morelos, Mexico.

The seminar/classes are all offered in English. Many of the guest speakers will speak in Spanish and be simultaneously interpreted into English by the CGEE staff.  Opportunities for Spanish use in the field will be readily available.  No Spanish is required for participation/success in the program.
This program offers credit for two different courses. Students may choose from the following options:
  1. Spring 2019 (SWO 432 - 3 credit hours) Social Work prerequisites required, so Social Work majors only.  The SWO course will meet for four two-hour sessions during the Spring semester, and then the nine days in Mexico, May 16-24.   
  2. Summer I 2019 (PSC 340) All majors welcome. Course can fulfill WCU General Education requirements as a “Diversity” (J) course, Spanish Culture Cluster, Social Science course.  For PSC majors, this course counts as an upper-level elective or Comparative Politics course.  The PSC course will meet for two 1-hour orientation sessions in April/May, and then nine days in Mexico, May 16-24, plus completion of the project by June 1. 
Social work majors have the option of only taking SWO 432, or taking both SWO 432 and PSC 340.

Visit Templo Mayor, Diego Rivera Murals in the National Palace,
National Cathedral in Zocalo of Mexico City
Swim at 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 artisans
Enjoy art and fine music in Mexico City
If you are seeking Spanish immersion time, talk to the instructors to explore options.
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 $1,810 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.
As this program is a WCU program, students that qualify for financial aid for a typical term at WCU may also qualify for funding to assist with the cost of this program. Students should consult with Ms. Kristy Slusser ( in the Financial Aid office for specific details about aid eligibility and required forms.

In addition, this program has received the Global Rams Initiative designation for 2019-2020, which allows for underrepresented minority students that participate in this program the opportunity to apply for the WCU Global Rams Initiative Scholarship for Study Abroad. All students are also encouraged to review the Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Travel Awards listed on the Center for International Programs website.
Dr. Michele Belliveau,  610-436-3469 (SWO office)
Dr. Linda Stevenson, , 610-436-2743 (PSC Office)

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