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Semester Abroad

Globalism and Social Justice in Oaxaca, Mexico: Re-examining Health, Environment and Culture – Spring Semester 2018

Oaxaca Study Abroad Description:

The Oaxaca Semester Abroad program is a unique and invaluable opportunity for UVM students to explore and analyze the interplay of health, environment, and culture in a fascinating region of southern Mexico. The state of Oaxaca is famous for its cultural and ecological diversity, as well as its cuisine and social activism. This faculty-led program provides students with the opportunity to study in a multi-cultural setting, while acquiring essential field research experience and broadening their understanding about the history, politics and social movements, environment, food systems, identity, and language of Oaxaca. In today’s globalized world, the skills and experiences offered by participating in a semester study abroad program are invaluable.

Students will take classes together during the first seven weeks of the program before breaking off into two separate tracks offered through CAS and CALS. This is the only semester-long study abroad program offered directly through UVM. Students have the opportunity to travel with UVM professors and peers, their institutional financial aid, and earn direct UVM credits.

Read this article by Dean Cynthia Belliveau: “Oaxaca Study Abroad Program Demystifies the Stereotypes of Mexico.

Program Highlights Include:

  • Intensive Spanish Courses - Small classes and full immersion with native speakers.
  • Collective Research Project - Investigate a topic of your choice with a small group of peers and create a field-based research presentation.
  • Field-Based Learning: Excursions and exercises every week. Less time in the classroom.
  • Four-Day Study Trip to Mexico City: Experience a cosmopolitan hub of culture, commerce, and education.
  • Village Practicum: Participate in a community project in a small village for one week.
  • Small Class Sizes: More effective and interactive learning and discussions.
  • A Holistic Approach to Exploring a Variety of Themes: Food systems, global health, identity, environmental stewardship, and community resilience.
  • Direct UVM Credit and Faculty: No hassle with transfer credits.
  • Average Temperature in January: Mid-60s.


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