Yucatan
Berkeley Summer Abroad

Yucatan, Mexico: Education and Migration

  • Summary

    Unearth the diverse cultural roots of Mexico and discover the role of race, class, and language in the formation of the educational experiences of indigenous students of Mexico and their counterpart's indigenous immigrant students in the United States.

    Live and study in the vibrant cities of Merida and Izamal (Yucatan) and Playa del Carmen (Quintana Roo)
    Complement your studies with tours to ceremonial sites and greatest Mayan centers recognized as World Heritage Centers such as Chichen-ltza, Tulum, Ek Balam, Uxmal, Valladolid, and Calakmul
    Develop pedagogical tools working with the Centro Estatal de Capacitación, Investigación y Difusión Humanistica de Yucatán, the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, and Universidad de Quintana Roo.

    Dates: June 10 – July 15, 2017
    All dates are subject to change.

    Units: 6 units

    Language of Instruction: English

    Courses:

    • EDUC 146A: Education and Migration: Indigeneity in Yucatán and its Diaspora (6 units)

     

    Eligibility:

    • At least one year of college coursework completed by the start of the program
    • 2.0 GPA or higher

     

    Application:

    • Application opens February 1, 2017
    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Deadline to apply is March 10, 2017
  • Courses

    During the program, you will take one course for a total of 6 Berkeley units.

    Course: Education 146A
    Title: Education and Migration: Indigeneity in Yucatán and Its Diaspora
    Dates: June 10 – July 15, 2017
    Instructor: Patricia Baquedano-López
    Units: 6 units
    Prerequisites: None

    This course aims to bring awareness to the complex issues influencing the social experiences of indigenous Maya people in the Maya Diaspora (comprising Yucatan - San Francisco). The course aims to introduce contextual background (historical, political, economic, and social) to the creation of Maya identity, indigeneity, and representation in Yucatan in order to understand processes of migration to the U.S. The course complements classroom instruction with visits to historic and contemporary sites of indigenous cultural practice. It will also address social movements in Latin America, including pan-Maya movements, that have tried to redefine cultural and linguistic identities in the region. The course will introduce students to critical texts as examples of Maya indigenous thought and Maya authors in diaspora. As part of the course's appreciation of Maya language and culture, the first two weeks will include a language and literacy component on the basics of the grammatical structure of Yucatan Maya to better appreciate texts in Maya-Spanish-English and communicate with stakeholders in Yucatan and in the Maya diaspora.

    This course satisfies the L&S International Studies breadth requirement. Please note that academic requirements may change. Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements this course may fulfill.
  • Costs

    Tuition and Program Fee

    The fees to participate in this program are broken down into 1) tuition and 2) program fees, which are applied to your student billing account as follows:

    2017 Fees UC Students Visiting Students
    Tuition (6 units) $2,460 $3,120
    Program Fee $2,532 $2,532
    Total Cost $4,992 $5,652
    Fees are subject to change. All non-Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $55.

     

    Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses

    In addition to the fees outlined above, Berkeley Study Abroad has estimated costs for out-of-pocket expenses. These amounts are used to calculate financial aid packages for eligible students. Actual expenses will vary depending on your lifestyle and spending habits.

    Estimated Expenses Amount
    International Airfare and Transportation $600
    Additional Meals $540
    Books $312
    Personal Expenses (i.e., phone, passport, visas, etc.) $630
    Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses $2,082

     

    Financial Aid

    Financial aid is available for UC Berkeley students who are enrolled in at least 6 units during the summer. All other students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution for more information.

     

    Explanation of Fees

    Tuition is based on a per unit cost: 

    • The UC undergraduate student rate is $410 per unit
    • The visiting student rate for all non-UC participants is $512 per unit

    The program fee includes the following items:

    • Student housing
    • Excursions.
    • On-site orientation activities including an introduction to Mexico, welcome group lunch, etc.
    • Travel insurance to cover accident/sickness medical coverage, emergency medical evacuation, security extraction, and other travel assistance services
    • Other program-related costs including fees for group transportation, guest speakers, etc.
    • The initial non-refundable deposit of $400, which is due at the time of application and is applied to the program fee

    Please note that the list of items included in the program fee is not all-inclusive and is subject to change.

    The following items are excluded from the program fee:

    • International airfare
    • Personal expenses (souvenirs, routine medical expenses, toiletries, etc.)
    • Course materials (textbooks and readers)
    • Other travel expenses (passport, visa, etc.)
    • Additional meals
    • Commuting costs for daily travel to and from classes

     

  • Timeline
    Application opens February 1, 2017
    Application closes March 10, 2017
    Applicants notified of selection March 22, 2017
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus $400 deposit April 3, 2017
    Attend pre-departure orientation* Late April-May
    Arrive in Mexico June 10, 2017
    Last day of program July 15, 2017

     

    * These events take place on the Berkeley campus. If you are not on campus during this time, we will schedule a meeting via phone or Skype.
    All dates are subject to change.

     

  • Instructors
    Application opens February 1, 2017
    Application closes March 10, 2017
    Applicants notified of selection March 22, 2017
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus $400 deposit April 3, 2017
    Attend pre-departure orientation* Late April-May
    Arrive in Mexico June 10, 2017
    Last day of program July 15, 2017

     

    * These events take place on the Berkeley campus. If you are not on campus during this time, we will schedule a meeting via phone or Skype.
    All dates are subject to change.