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  • Locations: Oaxaca, Mexico; Puerto Escondido, Mexico; Rio Grande, Mexico
  • Program Terms: Spring-Embedded
  • Program Cost and Budget: Spring-Embedded
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring-Embedded 2018 12/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission 05/10/2018 05/24/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be notified of acceptance into this program and will then need to complete post-decision materials prior to departing for the program.
Program Description:


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.

May 10 - 24, 2018

(Depart from U.S.A. - Depart from host country)

Program Overview

How much do you know about Mexico, our sister to the south? Mexico is one of the most beautiful, culturally rich and historically significant countries in the world. The state of Oaxaca offers an outstanding combination of diverse topography, from petrified water falls to coastal areas that are home to some of the most important sea turtle sanctuaries in the world. Oaxaca City offers profound cultural sites that are breathtaking, e.g. the pre-Columbian archaeological site of Monte Alban.Alebrijes

On this program, students will have the opportunity to see the wonderfully athletic breed of horse called the Azteca. Students will also visit Cuilapam de Guerrero, where the focus will be on work animals as well as sheep and goat production. In addition, the program will take students to Etla to see a dairy production site, and Octolan to visit an animal market. Mid-way through the program the group will travel down to Puerto Escondido, where students will have an opportunity to view a cattle production operation, a horse breeder, and a crocodile habitat and sea turtle exhibit.

For a sample of the day-by-day itinerary, click here!


  • Visit with small animal holders in Cuilapam de Guerrero that focus on work animals, sheep and goats production.
  • Converse with buyers and sellers of the Baratillo animal market in Ocotlan.
  • Explore the local culture through a visit to a weaving collective in Teotitlan del Valle, a lecture on traditional medicine in Rio Grande, the markets and murals of Ocotlan, and much more!


This program is open to undergraduate students from all academic disciplines, but will be of particular interest to students in Equine or Animal Science.

For More Info, contact:
Dr. Camie Heleski, faculty member in the Department of Animal & Food Sciences/Equine Science at the University of Kentucky,; Dr. Kamilah Grant, faculty member in the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at Tuskegee University,

Mrs. Susan Meredith, EA Advisor,

Academic Credit

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 EQM 300: Education Abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico (3 credit hours).

Housing & Meals

Students will reside in a bed and breakfast in Oaxaca City, and in a hotel while in Rio Grande and Puerto Escondido. Breakfast will be provided each day, as will two dinners and all but four lunches, but students will be responsible for the cost of all other meals on their own.

Program Costs

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.

Supplemental Materials
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. Any supplemental application materials, if needed, would be for administrative purposes and will be provided to all accepted students AFTER the UK application deadline.