Program Details

6-week academic program in Mexico City+Chiapas (January 4th - February 16th, 2020), offered by one of Mexico's top ranked universities. Social challenges and how to approach them. Spanish intensive course.
San Cristobal De Las Casas, Mexico; Mexico City, Mexico
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Spring Semester, Summer, Winter Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:

The 6-week course "Social Realities in Mexico" (January 4th - February 16th 2020) is an academic program meant to sharpen the students' awareness of the main development concerns and social challenges in Latin America. At the same time, the participants acquire factual, technical and theoretical knowledge to undertake those challenges, and strengthen their foundation skills through first-hand experience.

The key factors of the program are an appealing balance of academic and social activities, full immersion into the Mexican culture and society, and direct contact with experts, NGOs and the local population. All program components have the quality standards of Universidad Iberoamericana (“IBERO”), one of Latin America’s highest ranked universities.

The mainstays of the program are:

1) Spanish language course

2) Thematic lectures, taught in English

3) Social service workshop, taught in English

4) Weekly thematic field trips and excursions

5) Visit and activities with NGOs

6) One-week study tour to southern Mexico

Setting Description:
Mexico City, the oldest metropolis on the American continent, is situated in the central region of Mexico at about 2,240 meters (7,392 feet) above sea level, flanked by two volcanoes. Previously known as the “City of Palaces”, the former capital of the Aztec empire today is a vibrant global city with international flair, where new and old traditions coexist. Mexico City is one of the largest urban agglomerations in the world. As a melting pot of different cultures, and being a site of extreme contrasts between high tech and poverty, development and recess, the city provides a perfect setting for this kind of study programs. The program will conclude with a one-week study tour to one of the most beautiful and interesting states in southern Mexico: Chiapas. On this fascinating trip, the group will visit some of Mexico’s most important cultural and natural highlights, get in contact with the local indigenous population, and visit local organizations and NGOs.
3450 USD. The program fee includes: - Tuition and program fees - Domestic air fares (Mexico City to Chiapas and back) - Housing (homestay with a Mexican family), 40 nights - Laundry once a week - Hotel costs during the Chiapas study tour, 5 nights - Transport to and from airport - Breakfasts - Dinners (weeks 1 - 5) - Free access to campus facilities (gymnasium, infirmary, labs, etc.) - Local group transportation - Entrance fees&guides - Health insurance - Cultural/social activities and weekend trips

Additional Program Information

General requirements for participation: - Legal age at the moment the application is submitted. - Formally enrolled at an accredited university, with good academic standing. - Having completed 1 full year or more of university studies at the beginning of the program. - Fluent English language skills. Spanish language skills will be helpful, though are not a requirement for participation
Scholarships Description:
A 10% discount is granted for students from IBERO's partner universities. If three or more students from the same home university participate in the program (partner university or not), an additional 10% discount applies.

Program Reviews

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  • Amazing experience

    Social Realities in Mexico was a program I picked from intuition - when I came across it, I had a feeling that this was the right program for me & it couldn't have been a better choice. In 5 weeks I learned much more about the economics, politics, & social

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend