This one-week program will provide students with theoretical and experimental learning opportunities in beautiful Oaxaca City, Mexico. Each day students will engage in 2 hours of Spanish immersion classes at Amigo del Sol
followed by engagement in projects with educational and/or medical agencies serving both native Oaxacans and indigenous peoples. The week will also include guided cultural tours to Arbol del Tule, Mitla, Monte Alban, and Santo Domingo Church and Museo.
- Available credit(s): 3 credits
- Applicants are required to enroll in the program course (Undergraduate or Graduate)
- Courses are subject to change
- Click on the Courses Offered link above for more information, including prerequisites
- Possible excursions may include:
- Arbol del Tule
- Monte Alban
- Santo Domingo Church and Museo
LEARNING ABROAD BADGES
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:
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.
- Career Development:
- As part of the program, students collaborate with local educators and physicians to better understand the dynamics of communication needs and varying levels of resources in multilingual individuals. Students will develop skills to work effectively with diverse populations.
- In addition, this experience positions students to succeed in a variety of careers in the education and health professions and can be highlighted on resumes, graduate school applications, and during job interviews.
- Language Immersion:
- Students will participate in daily Spanish lessons.
- Students will have ample opportunity to use their Spanish (and English) during their engagement with professionals and patients within Oaxaca.
- Research Experience:
- Students will gain research experience prior to and during this course. Students must research the following topics prior to their departure for Oaxaca:
- The importance of understanding the roles of culture and language when working with members of diverse groups.
- The importance of understanding potential cross-cultural differences regarding communication styles of indigenous peoples living in Oaxaca.
- Defining the impact of poverty on access to health care of the indigenous peoples of Oaxaca. Which agencies address these health disparities?
- Strategies for reducing barriers leading to health and education disparities.
- During their time in Oaxaca, students will collect field data on the patients they work with and write a short paper to share with faculty and peers.
- Community Engagement:
- Students will collaborate with an agency in Oaxaca, Mexico. This collaboration will allow students to experience and identify cultural and linguistic variables among common indigenous groups living in Oaxaca (e.g., Mixtec, Zapotec) while contributing support during activities and/or delivering a product. Students working at a medical facility will work under the guidance of a physician. Students working at a bilingual school will work under the guidance of a classroom and/or special education teacher in the development of a lesson plan in English and/or Spanish.
- Students write a reflection paper to: (1) examine and reflect their own values, strengths, limitations, and behaviors and how these may have impacted interactions with others, (2) share their level of curiosity about new experiences during their time in Oaxaca, and (3) share their understanding of situations, culture, and/or individuals during interactions with while abroad – did one's views change?
- Robert Kraemer, Ph.D. CCC-SLP
- Associate Professor
- Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program, Director
Communication Sciences and Disorders
- 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
LEARNING ABROAD HANDBOOK
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.