June 6 - August 2, 2019
(Depart from U.S.A. - Depart from host country)
This research-based, eight week program offers students the opportunity to design and conduct their own social or environmental science research project under the supervision of knowledgeable and experienced local advisors. This preparation entails in-depth learning about the diverse environments of Southern Mexico and the rich and heterogeneous cultures of Oaxaca’s distinct regions. Through field visits, guest lectures and classroom activities, students will learn about the historical and contemporary dimensions of the relationship between the peoples of Oaxaca, the land and resources, and a global political economy. The program introduces and engages students in the use of different research methods and design, as well as offers opportunities for collaboration in local projects.
For a draft of the day-by-day itinerary, click here!
- Explore one of the most ecologically diverse regions on earth through field visits around the state
- Learn from local movements in southern Mexico and their struggles for social justice.
- Create a research project in collaboration with local advisors.
- Improve Spanish language skills through optional classes.
For more information about Oaxaca or this program, see below:
Student testimony from the summer 2015 program
Student testimony from the summer 2016 program
Student testimony from the summer 2017 program
Story map created by a participant
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.
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.