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Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty-Led Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
Click here for a definition of this term Housing Type(s): Dormitory, Tent/Camping Click here for a definition of this term Home Campus: U of U: Utah Campus
Click here for a definition of this term Credit Type: Graduate U of U, Undergraduate U of U Click here for a definition of this term Language(s) of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Language Prerequisite: Advanced English Language Fluency Click here for a definition of this term Badge Opportunities: Community Engagement, Research Experience
Click here for a definition of this term Eligibility: Course Prerequisite(s), Good Academic & Judicial Standing, Minimum Age: 18 Click here for a definition of this term Pre-departure Requirements: Learning Abroad 101, Pre-Departure Orientation, Participation Requirements for Learning Abroad, Pre-decision & Post-decision Steps, Travel Health Clearance
Program Description:

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*Program will not run in Summer 2020. More information about Summer 2021 to come. 

Baja California Sur (BCS) is one of the least populated states in Mexico; however, it is home to a rich cultural heritage that extends over 12000 years. Furthermore, as a desert environment with over 1000 miles of coastline that exists at the intersection of tropical and sub-tropical climates, the region is home to massive ecological and biological diversity. Currently, BCS is experiencing major cultural and ecological changes and challenges as populations from mainland Mexico, the USA, and Canada migrate to the region either as temporary workers, tourists, or permanent residents. This course offers students the opportunity to examine the intersection of BCS’s culture, history, and ecology through an anthropological and ecological lens, using the pueblo of Todos Santos as a case site. Students will apply ethnographic methods to answer research questions related to the growth of the population, social relationships within the community, and sustainable development.

For information about the facilities at the Colorado State University Todos Santos Center click here.   


  • Applicants are required to enroll in the program courses
  • Courses are subject to change
  • Click on the Courses Offered link above for more information, including prerequisites


  • Possible excursions may include:
    • Sierra de La Laguna Biosphere Reserve: 3-Day, 2-Night Camping Trip (all camping material provided, plus food, and showers). Live with traditional ranchers. For information about the excursion to the biosphere reserve click here.
    • Sea of Cortez & Isla Espiritu Santo: Full-day snorkeling trip with sea lions. For more information click here 
    • Punta Lobos: Half-day boat trip on the Pacific Ocean with traditional fisherman
    • Todos Santos Day Activities 
      • Cultural Heritage Center: Todos Santos Cultural Heritage Center
      • Participate in intercultural English language opportunities with local residents
      • Perform community service activities: Deplastification


In addition to taking classes, students enrich their time abroad by participating in Learning Abroad Badge opportunities such as, Career Development, Language Immersion, Research Experience, and Community Engagement:
Badge Opportunities
The Learning Abroad Badges listed in the Fact Sheet above are included in this program. Some programs offer opportunities to earn additional Learning Abroad Badges through independent options.  Students interested in earning multiple Learning Abroad Badges can participate in the Global U Program and receive special recognition at graduation.

This program automatically earns the Community Engagement and Research Experience Badges.

  • Research Experience
    • Students will perform ethnographic, ecological, and historical research focused on culture change and ecosystem dynamics in the Cape region of Baja California Sur, Mexico.
    • As part of the program, students will collect and synthesize primary data, as well as write-up research findings in an academic format.


  • Shane Macfarlan, Ph.D.
    • Assistant Professor of Anthropology 
    • College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
    • Affiliate: Global Change & Sustainability Center & Center for Latin American Studies


  • See Housing Type(s) above
  • Participants are required to use the program housing facilities
  • Housing is included in the program cost


  • Click on the Budget Sheet link above for information about ESTIMATED costs
  • Participants should read the full Withdrawal Penalty Policy BEFORE applying
  • Scholarships are available for Degree-Seeking, University of Utah students
  • Financial Aid might apply, visit your Financial Aid Counselor for more information


The Learning Abroad Handbook outlines the University of Utah's eligibility requirements, financial policies, conduct standards, administrative procedures, academic expectations, as well as visa and passport guidelines for Learning Abroad Programs. ALL participants are subject to the rules and regulations in the Learning Abroad Handbook. It is every participant's responsibility to read the Learning Abroad Handbook and contact Learning Abroad with any questions.

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Program Reviews:
BRAXTEN NORTHRUP, Summer 2019 Participant
Best program

JONAH BROWN, Summer 2019 Participant
This program was amazing.

MALACHAI BATEMAN, Summer 2019 Participant
If you haven't done any international travelling in the past, and want this to be your first experience, this is a good way to do it. That was the perspective I was coming into this with and I was not disappointed. While I didn't have the the Spanish skills to do a lot on my own, I learned tons through my own observations and through asking my more spanish-skilled friends, and got to scratch the surface of a really beautiful culture, and hope to return to learn more.

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