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Family & Community Health, Mexico City & Oaxaca City

Study Abroad Program Overview

UCEAP's Family and Community Health program provides the perfect setting for students who want to understand the impact that social and cultural factors have on medically underserved populations, as well as the ways in which the same factors shape community responses to illness and the underlying causes of poor health.

Students take classes in Mexico City at the Casa de California for the first half of spring quarter and then proceed to Oaxaca to work with Child Family Health International (CFHI) and other NGOs to immerse themselves in local communities to better understand at ground level the social conditions that prevail and the efforts to improve them.

If you are looking to gain first-hand experience with the health of disadvantaged international populations or have a more focused interest in the language and cultural perspectives on health issues in Mexico, then this is the program for you!!​​

Up to 25 scholarships awards of $1,000 for summer programs and $2,000 for spring and fall programs are available for undergraduate students 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 2018-19 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


Language Study

​ Language study is required


Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.​
Spring Quarter :  
Late March to mid-June









​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 in Mexico City and strives to match students with appropriate homestay settings. You will also live in prearranged homestays in Oaxaca City to better understand the cultures and the factors that play into the local healthcare system.

Extracurricular Activities

​In Mexico City the Study Center will arrange a number of local excursions to help you familiarize yourself with the city and its surroundings. In Oaxaca City, interaction in local community events will overlap with your regular activities, but there will also be opportunities to relax and enjoy other parts of the city with its museums, galleries and amazing cuisine. CFHI may also organize a weekend trip to the nearby Zapotec ruins at Monte Alban.

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,  our staff help students integrate into the local culture and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.

Meet our staff...

​In Oaxaca City, UCEAP partners with Child Family Health International (CFHI) who provides placements with NGOs for the community service practicums and arranges weekly meetings between students and medical professionals.

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

Course Opportunities

The Family and Community Health program is designed to coordinate coursework in Mexico City with practical experience and service learning in Oaxaca City. By the time you arrive in Oaxaca for the second half of the quarter, you will have the academic and social preparation to participate effectively in the community settings. Continued language training and lectures from the medical personnel of Child Family Health International (CFHI) will maintain the analytical aspects of the program.
Coursework in Mexico City will be offered at the Casa de California, by instructors from the Universidad Iberoamericana. They will present the themes of global health that might include reduction of poverty, family/maternal/infant health, treatment and prevention of chronic disease, climate change, access to clean air and water, the cultural perceptions of disease, and other social and environmental aspects of health.

During your time in Oaxaca City, the practicums will expose you to local efforts to strengthen community capabilities, attempts to integrate community resources to improve the health of individuals and groups, considerations of social justice and human rights principles in addressing health problems, and implementation of strategies to engage marginalized and vulnerable populations in making decisions that affect their health and well being.
The following courses are required for all students:
  • Social and Cultural Aspects of Health
    listed under Sociology, Anthropology, and Health Sciences,
    upper division,
    6 UC quarter units 
  • Spanish for Health (taught across Mexico City and Oaxaca City
    4 UC quarter units
  • Health and Community Practicum
    subject areas to be determined by agency and nature of work,
    upper division, 5 UC quarter units

Health and Community Practicum

Early in the program you will be in communication with CFHI to indicate which NGO/community service is most interesting to you in order that your placement can be arranged and ready by the time you arrive in Oaxaca City. Possibilities include NGOs that work with street children, obesity issues, projects to insure the sustainability of access to clean water, traditional healers and indigenous perspectives, community nursing services, and a range of approaches to preventative health care in villages not served by government aid.
Evaluation of your academic journal and/or final project will begin with the Medical Director of CFHI. When you return to Mexico City, you will present your experience and learning outcomes to your fellow students and the professors of the original courses.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
  • MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses previously taken by UC students.
    Additional courses may be available and not all courses may still be offered.​
  • Academic Information in the Program Guide.


You are required to complete a full-time course of study while abroad.

Students enroll in three courses to reach the program requirement of 15.0 quarter/10.0 semester units of UC credit.

Internships, Research, and Independent Study

All students participate in a health and community practicum in Oaxaca City; see the information above for further details.

Other internships and independent research opportunities are not possible 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 Mexi​co 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.

Estimated EAP Costs *

OptionWeeksUnits (Qtr)Units (Sem)UCEAP Fees 1Additional Costs 2
Spring Quarter111510$4,698$4,502 - 4,702
* 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 2016-17. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2016-17 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 non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
  • UC fees
  • Estimated room and board for both Mexico City and Oaxaca City
  • Arrival hotel and meals, orientation, and transportation to housing in Mexico City
  • Excursions to Teotihuacan and Cacaxtla from Mexico City
  • Tickets to the Ballet Folklórico in Mexico City
  • Round-trip transportation from California
  • Round-trip transportation from Mexico City to Oaxaca City
  • Airport pick-up in Oaxaca, city tour and all orientation activities
  • Individual consultation, organization and oversight of your practicum experience
  • 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.​


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

Up to 25 scholarships awards of $1,000 for summer programs and $2,000 for spring and fall programs are available for undergraduate students 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 2018-19 for students studying abroad with UCEAP in Mexico. To apply for a Mexico Initiative Scholarship, complete the UCEAP Promise Award application.  Your application will be considered amongst the applications of other students going to Mexico for the Mexico Initiative Scholarship.  If you do not receive a Mexico Initiative Scholarship, your application will be considered for a UCEAP Promise Award. You cannot receive both a Mexico scholarship and a UCEAP Promise Award for the same term.​​


Language Requirements 

Which UCEAP Spanish Language Requirements Apply to Me?

  • Students studying Spanish as a second language are required to complete the intermediate series of Spanish language courses at the university level, or provide proof of equivalent via AP exam, IB exam, SAT II exam, UC language placement exam, or UC language evaluation.
  • Native/Heritage Spanish speakers with some formal study of Spanish are required to provide proof of completed Spanish course(s) or study, or proof of equivalent via AP exam, IB exam, SAT II exam, or UC language evaluation.
  • Native/Heritage Spanish speakers with no formal study of Spanish are required to complete a minimum of one university level Spanish course for Native/Heritage speakers.


Class Level:

Junior, Senior

Language Prerequisites:

- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 2 years (6 quarters / 4 semesters) with a minimum language GPA of 2.75.


2.75 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 and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

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.

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

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