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Contemporary Mexico, UC Center, Mexico City

Study Abroad Program Overview

Spend a full five weeks of your summer in the great capital city of Mexico!  In addition to in-class study of contemporary Mexico and Spanish language, you will enhance your knowledge of the city's history, culture, and language through activities and excursions.  You will get to take in the view from its ancient pyramids, glide through the canals of Xochimilco, and attend a ballet folklorico performance at the famous Palacio de Bellas Artes, to name a few. You will never be without something to see or do in one of the world's largest cities!

You will take courses in the beautiful Casa de California, which is also the location of the UCEAP Study Center.  You will be able to interact with other UCEAP students participating in the Mexico fall and year programs while they attend the first portion of their programs at the Casa.

​You could receive one of up to 25 scholarship awards of $2,000 if you are an undergraduate student studying in Mexico. In support of the UC-Mexico Presidential Initiative, UCEAP is proud to announce that $50,000 in scholarships will be set aside in 2016-17 for students studying abroad with UCEAP in Mexico. You must apply for a UCEAP Promise Award to be considered for a scholarship to study in Mexico. In addition, you cannot receive both a Mexico scholarship and a UCEAP Promise Award for the same term.​​

Students attend classes with UC students only.

Language of Instruction

English


Language Study

 
 Spanish language study is required.


Duration

Summer :  
Early July to early August

 


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Housing

You will be placed in a prearranged homestay to assist with your Spanish acquisition and integration into daily life. UCEAP's program coordinator has years of experience arranging housing for students in ideal spaces and strives to match students with appropriate homestay settings.

More information on housing



Extracurricular Activities

​In Mexico City (D.F.), you will discover a wealth of cultural activity with its many museums, theaters, parks, monuments, and frequent special events. As one of the largest cosmopolitan cities in the world, D.F. will offer you a variety of modern experiences typical of any large urban center, in contrast with elements that are distinctly traditional. Many students find the blend of old and new worlds to be particularly interesting. Among other things, Mexico City is a center for international and national cinematography. You will never be bored in Mexico City!
 
The program includes trips to local sites, such as Teotihuacan and Tlahuac, as well as to cultural events and museums in the Distrito Federal.

Picture yourself in Mexico



On-site Support

​UCEAP students are supported by UC's network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. In the Mexico Study Center, a UC faculty professor offers the elective course during the summer term. The UC faculty member and our staff abroad help students integrate into the local culture and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues. ​

Meet our staff...

​​See the UCEAP Program Guide for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing.

Course Opportunities

The Contemporary Mexico program offers students who may not have the time for a complete semester abroad or meet the language requirement for study at the UNAM or Field Research Program the opportunity to participate in a five-week English language track alongside other UC students studying in Mexico City.
 
Along with an intensive Spanish language course, you take a course on contemporary Mexican culture and an elective on cross-cultural engagement offered by the UC Visiting Professor. Excursions in and around Mexico City with other UC students complement your lectures.
 
 
Three courses are required for all students:
  • Contemporary Mexican History & Society 
    listed under History and Political Science, upper division, 5 UC quarter units
  • Spanish
    lower and upper division, 4 UC quarter units
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    level determined by results of on-site placement exam**
  • Cross-cultural Engagement
    listed under Latin American Studies, upper division, 2.0 UC quarter units
 
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:  
 

Units

All students complete a full-time course of study while abroad. Students enroll in three courses to reach the program requirement of 11.0 quarter units (equivalent to 7.3 semester units) of UC credit.


Internships, Research, and Independent Study

Due to its short duration, opportunities for internships and independent research for academic credit are not available on this program.


UC Center Mexico City

UC Center, Mexico City 
The Mexico City UC Center is housed at La Casa de California, a University of California facility founded to enhance the cultural ties between California and Mexico. The principal structure of the complex, known as La Casona, is a beautiful building from the turn of the 20th century. The UCEAP Study Center offices and classrooms for the UNAM ILP, FRP and Contemporary Mexico programs are also located on the elegantly landscaped grounds. Conveniently located between Coyoacán and San Ángel, the Casa is near the National University (UNAM), the Colegio de México, and other premier institutions of higher learning and research. A “mini-campus” itself, La Casa de California complex is a comfortable and relaxed place for students and scholars from the US and Mexico to interact not only in classrooms but in other cultural events as well.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
 
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
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Estimated EAP Costs *

OptionWeeksUnits (Qtr)Units (Sem)UCEAP Fees 1Additional Costs 2
(Estimated)
 
Summer510.57$3,750$1,850
 
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.

1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.

2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.

All fees are subject to change without notice.

These expenses are estimated for 2015-16. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2015-16 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay the same non-resident fees on UCEAP.
 
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
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  • UC fees
  • Estimated room and board
  • Excursions to Teotihuacan and Cacaxtla
  • Tickets to the Ballet Folklórico
  • Arrival hotel and meals, orientation, and transportation to housing
  • Weekly excursions to course-related sites around Mexico City
  • Round-trip transportation from California
  • Phone card for local and long-distance calls
  • Predeparture expenses (health clearance, student visa, etc.)
  • Books and other incidental expenses
  • Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.​

Scholarships

UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.​

​You could receive one of up to 25 scholarship awards of $2,000 if you are an undergraduate student studying in Mexico. In support of the UC-Mexico Presidential Initiative, UCEAP is proud to announce that $50,000 in scholarships will be set aside in 2016-17 for students studying abroad with UCEAP in Mexico. You must apply for a UCEAP Promise Award to be considered for a scholarship to study in Mexico. In addition, you cannot receive both a Mexico scholarship and a UCEAP Promise Award for the same term.​​


 
The Mexico scholarship deadline for Summer 2015 programs is February 15, 2015. UCEAP is guaranteeing four $1,000 awards for summer Mexico programs.


Eligibility

Class Level:

Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Language Prerequisites:

None

GPA:

2.50 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.

All applicants must also have:

  • Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
  • Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
  • A willingness to abide by program regulations.
  • Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements.

Application Information and Deadlines

Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.

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These are minimum requirements. Your Campus EAP Office determines selection and final admission.  

Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines:

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