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THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE HAS A TRAVEL WARNING IN EFFECT FOR THE COUNTRY IN WHICH THIS PROGRAM TAKES PLACE.
Per UK Academic Regulation 4:9, the University does not sponsor or approve international travel for educational purposes in a country for which a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning is in effect. However, the University will consider exceptions on a case-by-case basis.
June 7 - August 3, 2018
(Depart from U.S.A. - Depart from host country)
This research-based program in Oaxaca, Mexico offers students the opportunity to conduct research in social or environmental science while further offering each student the ability to design and conduct their own research project under the supervision of knowledgeable and experienced local researchers.
This preparation entails in-depth learning about the diverse environments of Southern Mexico, as well as about the rich and heterogeneous cultures of Oaxaca’s distinct regions. The preparatory substantive coursework stresses the historical and contemporary dimensions of the relationship between the peoples of Oaxaca, the land and resources and a global political economy.
The research portion will commence with a training course in qualitative field research methods. This course will include a review of common methods such as interviews and surveys, as well as an introduction to collaborative research techniques. Emphasis will be placed on the ethical and cultural issues entailed in conducting research in and with relatively marginalized communities. Lastly, students will learn techniques for presenting research to diverse audiences through a variety of media.
Explore one of the most ecologically diverse regions on earth.
Visit such sites as Monte Alban, Teotitlan, and Sirra Norte.
Study the diverse environments of Southern Mexico and the rich cultures of Oaxaca’s distinct regions.
For more information about Oaxaca or this program, see below:
This program is open to undergraduate students from all academic disciplines who are at least a sophomore standing and who have taken at least two semesters of Spanish (or who have an equivalent proficiency). For more information on how to apply to the University of Kentucky as a visiting student, go to UK Admissions. Non-UK students should consult with the program director prior to applying to ensure that they have the proper academic background for the course.
For More Info, contact:
Professor Oliver Froehling, international faculty member in the Department of Geography at the University of Kentucky, firstname.lastname@example.org.
UK Faculty-Directed programs are conducted by University of Kentucky faculty and staff. 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 before or after the program's international travel.
Students will enroll in GEO 365: Special Topics in Regional Geography: Society and Environment in Oaxaca, Mexico (3 credit hours); GEO 431: Political Ecology (3 credit hours); and GEO 406: Field Studies in Geography: Undergraduate Field Research Experience, Oaxaca, Mexico (3 credit hours).
Note: GEO 406 is a lab course which fulfills the A&S College Laboratory or Field Experience Requirement.
Students who have already taken GEO 431 may take GEO 316: Environment and Development (3 credit hours) instead. GEO 316 fulfills the UK Core: Global Dynamics requirement.
Anthropology students interested in this program will instead enroll in ANT 352: Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology: Society and Environment in Oaxaca (3 credit hours) and ANT 399: Field-based/Community-based Education in Anthropology (3 credit hours)
All students will be enrolled in EAP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour).
Housing & Meals
Students will reside in homestays while in Oaxaca. On field excursions, accommodations will vary. The homestays will provide 3 meals a day for student participants. Students are responsible for the cost of all meals outside of the homestay, with the exception of meals listed in the program itinerary.
Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the "Program Costs and Budget" information page. Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses.
Additional scholarships may be available through the University of Kentucky Department of Geography. Be sure to ask your education abroad advisor for more information about additional funding opportunities!
This program runs in collaboration with the University of Kentucky and SURCO. Students will complete an application with UK Education Abroad (online, this website) and supplemental materials with SURCO. The supplemental application materials are for administrative purposes and will be provided to all accepted students AFTER the UK application deadline.