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Program Description:
Program Overview

This 7-week summer program is ideal for those interested in Spanish, Latin American Studies, Ethnic Studies, History, International Studies, Anthropology, Food Studies, Family Human Services, and Environmental Studies. Learn about the ways in which globalization and NAFTA have affected agriculture, subsistence and food production, land ownership, human rights, and indigenous autonomy among Maya communities in San Cristóbal de las Casas and its surrounding areas. The courses offered will provide historical and cultural context to better understand contemporary Chiapas. You will then have the opportunity to engage with the local community by collaborating with Mexican students on a service learning project. The program will be hosted by the Instituto de Lenguas Jovel and its Director Helga Loebell.

Academic Details

Earn 12 quarter credits (7-8 semester credits) of upper division Spanish courses. All courses will be taught in Spanish. Professor Analisa Taylor will teach SPAN 407: Academic and Public Engagement across Communities and SPAN 490: Mesoamerican Foodways and Indigenous Autonomy. For UO Spanish majors, these two classes will fulfill the 400-level SPAN classes that normally must be taken in residence. A third course called the Indigenous History and Culture of Chiapas will be taught by Reginaldo Gómez Trujillo, a local scholar from Instituto de Lenguas Jovel.   

One of the unique features of this program is that you will have the opportunity to engage with the local community through service learning. As part of the Academic and Public Engagement across Communities course, you will be partnered with a Mexican student from a local university in San Cristóbal de las Casas. Students will contribute for 2-3 weeks to the Mexican students’ semester-long project. Service learning projects and placements can range from working on environmental and agricultural issues, to education, social work, public health, and other customizable projects based on student interests.    

For students from partner universities: Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 04/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.