Mexican Culture, Global Movements & Schooling
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This study abroad introduces students to many of the most important cultural, economic, and social issues surrounding language and diversity as they relate to Latino populations, now the largest ethnic group in the U.S. We explore the “City of Eternal Spring,” Cuernavaca, Mexico, as our main location, with site visits in nearby Mexico City and the “Magical Town” of Tepoztlan. Students will learn about the relationship between schools and society in terms of diversity and language, studying Spanish daily in a way that weaves local cultural issues into language study. We partner with a social-justice oriented language institute. We also have a field-experience in a local school which does highly transformative work with marginalized youth based on an indigenous knowledge model. This program will help participants improve understandings for how to work with Latina/os, marginalized youth, and to think more broadly about schooling. All skills learned will help make participants more marketable in Atlanta and Georgia as we continue to experience an influx of Latino—especially Mexican—populations.
Participants will stay in a comfortable, double-occupancy bedroom with a caring Mexican family near the school in Cuernavaca. The host family receives regular training regarding the school’s approach to learning and caring for guests and helps students both learn about Mexico and practice their Spanish.
Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.
: The program will begin with three mandatory pre-departure meetings where the course and program will be discussed at length.
Cuernavaca (Mar. 8-18):
Students visit a service-learning school site based in indigenous knowledge and immediately begin Spanish classes by proficiency level. Students learn from various guest speakers and with site visits to museums covering thousands of years of Mexican history, and visits to contemporary artisan markets. Students may also explore Mexico’s diverse food scene and additional museums and markets.
Mexico City (Mar. 11):
Students explore this world-class city, including the Frida Kahlo Museum, a political action museum, historic and picturesque Coyoacán, as well as downtown Mexico City.
Tepoztlan (Mar. 17):
Students hike to an indigenous ceremonial pyramid (optional) in this nationally designated “Magical Town,” known for its lovely rustic architecture and indigenous sense of self-preservation. The trip includes a visit a local market, a regional historic convent and history museum, and they make final preparations to return home.
In order to participate in any study abroad program students must be in Good Academic Standing which is defined at Georgia State University as a cumulative 2.0 GPA for Undergraduate students and 3.0 GPA for Graduate students. Please note that study abroad program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director. Non-GSU students must follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.
Credits & Courses
Participants who successfully complete the programs EDUC 3333 or EDUC 7777 OR EDCI 4700 OR 7670/7680 will receive 3 semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Undergraduate students should register for either EDUC 3333 or EDCI 4700; graduate students should register for either EDUC 7777 or EDCI 7670/7680.
Georgia State University students may eligible for the IEF Scholarship
or the Global Experience Scholarship
. Visit http://mystudyabroad.gsu.edu/prospective/funding-study-abroad
or call the Study Abroad Programs office at (404) 413-2529 to learn more about scholarships & financial aid for study abroad.
The program cost is tentatively set at $1950 in addition to regular Georgia State University tuition and fees.
Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. Non-resident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost
Program Cost Includes
Program Cost Does Not Include
- Round-trip airfare
- All ground transportation
- Excursions and entrance fees
- All meals inside Mexico
- Shared bedroom, separate bed, in a homestay with a Mexican family
- Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance
October 31, 2017:
- Georgia State tuition and fees
- Passport expenses
- Personal expenses
- Excess baggage charges
$450 deposit due
November 15, 2017:
December 4, 2017:
Program cost charged to student account
Early January 2018
: $1000 remaining balance due along with tuition & fees for spring semester.
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
Students interested in applying should select 'Apply Now' above and start the online application.
Program Director Contact Information
- Transient Students: please see our How to Apply section under the Prospective Students tab.
- International Students: Georgia State students who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at (404) 413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status.
Program Director: Dr. Sue Kasun
Office address: College of Education and Human Development
30 Pryor Street
Atlanta, GA 30303