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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Advisor: Caroline Nikolaus (30006) Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.7
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Language Prerequisite: Yes
Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Homestay, Hostel/Hotel Program Provider: SIT
Click here for a definition of this term Area(s) of Study: Diverse studies available (see below) Fall Calendar: Late August to early December
Restrictions: Vanderbilt undergraduates only Type of Program: Study Center
Academic Calendar: Similar to VU Additional Prerequisites: Yes, see program homepage
Application Deadline: Spring Deadline 2
Program Description:

On this program, you will learn what undocumented migrants go through on their journey to the U.S. and the strategies used to enforce border control, as well as the affects it has on borderland, and transnational communities. The program begins in Tucson, Arizona, near an entry point in the United States, and there you will learn what undocumented migrants encounter once on U.S soil. Then, you will travel to Mexico City for a few days before transitioning to the program base in Oaxaca, Mexico and focus on learning how international economics, labor shortages, war, and immigration policy affect migration patterns. 

Courses are taught in English and Spanish, with readings, lectures, and discussions happening in either or both languages depending on the context. Therefore, participants are required have completed at least three recent semesters of college-level Spanish, or equivalent, and the ability to follow coursework in Spanish. Students will stay in two types of homestays: an urban homestay in Oaxaca, Mexico and a rural homestay in Mixteca Alta, Mexico. Housing in other locations will vary. After your coursework is completed you are required to do either an individual research project or an internship within the community, research or government organizations and/or NGO’s.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Review Begins Start Date End Date
Spring 2025 09/11/2024 09/12/2024 TBA TBA