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Global Health in Mexico

Study Abroad Program Overview

This 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. This Global Health Program introduces topics of health and human rights, migration, and global health equity as these affect Mexico. You will learn how social determinants of health including race, class and gender inequalities affect the health of individuals, families and populations.

In addition to the Seminar that runs throughout the program, your theoretical understanding will be enriched by the hands-on learning and cultural immersion provided through your practicum in either a local teaching hospital, clinic, or a social service organization like a center for gender-based violence or an educational center for street children.

Spanish language training, homestays with Oaxacan families and a variety of cultural activities and site visits to local communities further enrich your experience and deepen your learning.

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 2019-20 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.​​​

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This program can fulfill multiple requirements for the UCEAP Peace Corps Prep Program .
 
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Students attend classes with UC students only.

Language of Instruction

Spanish


Language Study

Spanish
​ Language study is required and takes place both in classroom settings and during several field trips.


Duration

Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.​
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Summer :  
late June to early August

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Housing

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 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. Oaxaca is a culturally, socially, and intellectually vibrant colonial city in Mexico, enriched by many indigenous traditions and history. 


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 Oaxaca City, UCEAP partners with Child Family Health International (CFHI) for all logistical necessities and the placements in medical or social service practicums. 
The program, and in particular the seminar, will be led by Melissa Smith, M.D., a leader in the University of California Global Health Institute. 
 

​​​See the UCEAP Program Guide (coming soon!) 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 primary classroom experience of the program will be the Seminar taught by Dr. Smith in collaboration with Dr. Paola Sesia from CIESAS-Pacifico-Sur. The Seminar will meet for six hours a week and introduce the scholarship and theoretical concepts underpinning the themes of the program. Guest speakers and films will provide additional perspectives and enliven discussions.

Your practicum experience will occupy some 16 hours a week working either in your service organization or in a clinic or hospital setting. You will be contacted before the beginning of the program to provide information that will help CFHI to arrange a desirable placement for you.

Spanish language instruction will be divided between classroom time and the "Spanish in action" that will occur during the visits to other communities, public health clinics, and centers for traditional medicine. 
 
The following courses are required for all students:
  • Issues in Global Health Equity
    listed under Anthropology and Health Sciences,
    upper division,
    4.5 UC quarter units 
  • Spanish for Health
    2 UC quarter units
  • Health and Community Practicum
    subject areas to be determined by agency and nature of work,
    upper division, 4 UC quarter units
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.
 

Units

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

Students enroll in three courses to reach the program requirement of 10.5 quarter/7.0 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.​


 

Child Family Health International and the Becari Language School in Oaxaca City


Chi​ld Family Health International (CFHI) provides community-based global health education programs to students and institutions. Their unique model fosters reciprocal partnerships and empowerment in local communities. CFHI is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the ECOSOC of the United Nations. In Oaxaca, CFHI partners with other education NGOs, Center for Street Children, Shelter for Underserved Youth, Primary Healthcare Centers, and organizes clinical rotations to those with appropriate experience.​​​

The Becari Language School is where students attend class, and also​ serves as a location for meet-ups and activities in the city center.
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)
 
Summer6128$7,350$1,450
 
* 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 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 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
  • Round-trip transportation from California
  • 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.​

Scholarships

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 2019-20 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.
     

Eligibility

Class Level:

Junior, Senior

Language Prerequisites:

Spanish
- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 2 years (6 quarters / 4 semesters) with a minimum language GPA of 2.50.

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 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.

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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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