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 Study Abroad in Mexico


Mexico City is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, rivaling Paris, France in its number of unique museums and cultural attractions. Professionally and academically, Mexico offers exceptional settings for Spanish language acquisition, independent research, human rights internships, and projects in government ministries and NGOs.​ Program trips to ancient murals, pyramids and other historic sites add to the discovery.

At the National Autonomous University (UNAM), you will join a community of scholars who visit from all over the Americas for intellectual exchange. UNAM’s many course offerings range from stage production, art and politics to the Aztec Nahuatl and other indigenous languages. In the Field Research Program, receive specialized training in how to develop, investigate and present a research project. Or, explore binational affairs and receive leadership training in the Mexico-Sacramento multi-site program.

In collaboration with President Napolitano's UC-Mexico Initiative, UCEAP offers up to 25 scholarships in the amount of $2,000 to undergraduate students studying abroad in Mexico for the fall, spring or year terms. Students going to the summer program may apply for a scholarship of $1,000.

Programs Overview

Contemporary Mexico, UC Center, Mexico City
Intensive five-week summer program in Mexico City.  Studies in contemporary Mexico taught in English, Spanish language course and cross-cultural reflection opportunities. Explore the capital and the culture through the program's included excursions.
Class Levels: So, Jr, SrLanguage of Instruction: English, Spanish
Terms: SummerLanguage Prerequisites: None
Family & Community Health, Mexico City & Oaxaca City
Exceptional educational experience combining coursework with a practicum in the Mexican healthcare system.  Advance your Spanish along with social, cultural, and nutritional health study as it relates to the family and the community.  Volunteer with NGOs and have weekly classes and meetings with medical professionals.  Live with local hosts to experience a few of the many cultures of Mexico.
Class Levels: Jr, SrLanguage of Instruction: Spanish
Terms: SpringLanguage Prerequisites: Min 2 years
Field Research, UC Center Mexico City
Training in research methods to begin at Casa de California, followed by field research in Oaxaca, Chiapas, Yucatan, Queretaro, or Mexico City working one-on-one with Mexican professors. Unique opportunity to explore Mexico with unparalleled access to social, political and cultural immersion and to distinguish yourself from other undergraduates.
Class Levels: Jr, Sr, GrLanguage of Instruction: Spanish
Terms: FallLanguage Prerequisites: Min 2 years
Leadership in Social Justice and Public Policy, Mexico City & Sacramento
Distinctive multi-site leadership program focused on Latino and bi-national issues.  Includes four-week Intensive Language Program to prepare for study at the top university in Mexico City followed by a quarter or semester of political science coursework and internship experience in California’s capital city.  In-class and online coursework in Spanish and English alongside local students in Mexico and other UC students in Sacramento.
Class Levels: Jr, SrLanguage of Instruction: Spanish, English
Terms: FallLanguage Prerequisites: Min 2 years
National Autonomous Univ. of Mexico (UNAM)
A top-ranked university in Latin America set in the intoxicating urban atmosphere of southern Mexico City. Full access to courses in all majors. EAP Study Center organizes language program to begin and activities in and around the capital. Internships available in human rights, governmental organizations, immigration organizations, and more.
Class Levels: Jr, SrLanguage of Instruction: Spanish
Terms: Fall, Spring, YearLanguage Prerequisites: Min 2 years