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Leadership in Social Justice & Public Policy, Mexico (F) & Sacramento (W/S)

Study Abroad Program Overview

On this amazing program you study abroad in the capital of Mexico and then add a related internship in Sacramento to build the skills and confidence to take on any future professional challenge. During the late summer and fall you study at UNAM and begin an online UC leadership course. Then when you return to California at the beginning of the winter quarter/spring semester you assume your internship placement and coursework in the UC Sacramento Center.
 
Students of politics, public policy, business, media and communications or related fields who are interested in Latino and/or bi-national issues will receive leadership training through coursework and experiential 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 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.​​

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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 and host country students.

Language of Instruction

English; Spanish

Students at UNAM will take classes in Spanish and an online course in English. Instruction in Sacramento is in English.​


Language Study

 
​The program begins with a five-week Spanish intensive language program (ILP) that includes a course on Mexico's recent political history. Spanish language study is available during the term at UNAM, but is not required.


Duration

 
All students are registered through UCEAP for the Fall term in Mexico. Quarter-campus students attend the UCCS portion of the program during winter quarter; semester-campus students attend UCCS during spring semester. During the UCCS portion of the program, all students are registered through UC Davis.
 
Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.​
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Fall :  
​early July to early December

Winter Quarter :  
early January to late March

Spring Semester :  
​early January to May
 
 

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Housing

​For the Mexico City part of the program, you will live in pre-arranged apartment style housing.  Students live with international students, UC students, or host country students. The accommodations are about a 5–10 minute walk or a 20–25 minute bus ride to the Casa de California and UNAM, in the beautiful neighborhood of Coyoacán.
 
For the Sacramento program students will find their own housing. The UCCS can provide guidance and suggestions for students not familiar with the area.
 


Extracurricular Activities

​Mexico City offers a wealth of cultural activity with its many museums, theaters, parks, monuments, and frequent special events. The program will include a speaker series, and leaders who address the group will offer suggestions for visits to relevant political or media events. Students who would like to double their internship experience may find opportunities working with a range of organizations. For internships for credit, see the Courses & Credit tab next. Participants on this program will also join other UCEAP students in Mexico City for trips to local sites such as Teotihuacan and Tlahuac as well as other cultural events.
 
 
In Sacramento, much of your time will be devoted to the internship that will have been arranged for you in keeping with your field of interest. But there are plenty of other things to do in the state capitol.


On-site Support

​UCEAP students are supported by UC's network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partherships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. In the Mexico Study Center, a UC faculty professor is available for academic advising from the start of the ILP and throughout the fall semester. This professor and our program coordinator help students integrate into the local culture and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety and other issues.

Meet our Staff...

In Sacramento, UCEAP partners with the experienced staff of the UCCS program who provide academic advising, internship placements and advice, as well as resources in the Sacramento area.

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

Course Opportunities

This two term program ​starts in Mexico for the ILP plus fall term, then moves back to California for the winter term for quarter-campus students, or spring term for semester-campus students.
 
The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) is a world class university often considered the best in Latin America. Its School of Political and Social Sciences offers programs in public administration studies, political science, and international relations, as well as sociology and social work. Use the links below to browse through the different academic offerings at the university.
 
During the fall term, you also take a UC online course in leadership that is offered concurrently with your UNAM coursework. This course is worth 4.5 quarter/3 semester UC units.
 
At UC Center Sacramento, all students take the following courses:
  • Political Science Internship, 10 UC quarter units
  • The California Policy Seminar, 4 UC quarter units
Participants from UC Berkeley or UC Merced take the following additional courses to receive a semester's worth of units:
  • Political Science 196A, 4 UC quarter units: an independent study course in political science.
  • Political Science 193, 2 UC quarter units: a supervised preparation of an extensive paper relating your internship and experiences in Mexico to concepts, literature, and theory of political science.  
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
  • UNAM online catalogs or course listings:
    • Academic offerings by area and major at UNAM
      Each of the four areas listed (Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities & Arts) expand to list the different carreras offered. To see the study plans (Planes de estudio), follow the link provided, but note that UCEAP participants should only select from fields offered at a campus Facultad and not center or extension site (listed as FES).
    • Facultades, Escuelas y Centros (Faculties and Schools)
      Direct links to the UNAM Facultades. Note that some faculties are located outside of the Ciudad Universitaria (UNAM main campus).
  • UC Center Sacramento
  • MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses previously taken by UC students. Note that additional courses may be available and not all courses listed may still be offered.​

Units

You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. All students share the ILP and Fall requirements. The second term requirements will differ if you are from a quarter versus a semester UC campus.
 
ILP: 3 to 8.5 quarter/2 to 5.7 semester units are required; two courses.
 
Fall: 18 quarter/12 semester UC units are required; the UC online leadership course plus three or four UNAM classes.
 
Winter Quarter: 14 UC quarter units are required; two courses at UCCS.
 
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Spring Semester: 20 quarter/13.3 semester units are required; in addition to the courses required for winter quarter students, semester students take the two additional courses noted above: four courses at UCCS.


Research and Independent Study

​UNAM is an important center for all varieties of scholarly research and offers many courses that could lead to additional research opportunities.The importance of internships to this program are outlined on the next tab.


National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City

National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City 
UNAM continues to be a microcosm of the promise and problems facing Mexico today. Its modern and attractive campus in the south of Mexico City was designed to represent the convergence of the modern and the traditional that define Mexico. Many of its buildings are highlighted by famous bas-reliefs and murals depicting key moments in Mexico’s history. One of the world’s largest public universities and well known for quality research, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) offers its 150,000 undergraduates strong academic programs in a wide array of disciplines. Virtually any subject may be profitably pursued here. The Director and staff of the UCEAP Study Center have detailed information about facultades, courses, and professors that they use to assist you in finding excellent academic opportunities in this huge university.
 
 

UC Center Sacramento

Mexico/ Sacramento 
The UC Center in Sacramento is the University of California's teaching, research and public-service site located one block from the State Capitol Building. Operated by UC Davis since its founding in 2004, UCCS offers distinctive academic programs in public policy and offers opportunities to study through seminars and internships in and around the state Capitol.
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Test Drive Your Future

The Global Leadership​ Program features internships as the keystone of its experiential learning. The internship experience in Sacramento is required and is in many ways considered the capstone of the program. Though not required, you may also consider doing an internship in Mexico City. Students are advised to check with their major advisors to clarify how many internship units can count toward their major.
 
The UCEAP Study Center works with several relevant organizations in Mexico City that provide internship opportunities to UC students. Internships in Mexico will be arranged after students have arrived on site.
 
Past students with an interest in migration issues have interned at:
  • Sin Fronteras, an NGO dedicated to assisting migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.
  • International Relations Ministry, in the legal department that works to protect the rights of Mexicans in foreign countries.
  • Fundacion para la Justicia y el Estado Democratico de Derecho, an organization promoting access to democracy for all; legal and other sorts of assistance to victims of human rights abuse and protection to immigrants and their families.
Students interested in women's rights, public health, and HIV education have interned at:
  • Ipas, a global NGO dedicated to women's reproductive health and fertility
  • Population Council, another global NGO dedicated to family planning and and counseling to avoid transmission of HIV
  • AIDS Healthcare Foundation Wellness Center, providing treatment to AIDS patients and prevention counseling.
Students interested in education policy and outreach to at-risk youth may intern with
  • Reintegra, prevention of crimes and integration of at-risk youth into their communities and educational futures
  • Fundacion Educa, an organization of civil society that works to consolidate educational communities through design and implementation of innovative programs.
While students are still in Mexico, they will be working with the UC Center in Sacramento on their internship placement for the second part of the program. Coordinators from UCCS will seek appropriate opportunities for students in legislative, administrative or non-governmental areas, all of which have an impact on the policymaking process.
 
So for example, students with an interest in Immigration issues might work with:
  • Consul General of Mexico, representing the Mexican government in Sacramento
  • California Department of Justice, working on policies involving law enforcement, government, and the diplomatic core
  • California Immigrant Policy Center, a non-profit advocate on behalf of immigrant communities
In general, the internship opportunities at UCCS are richer and more varied given the close coordination between the Center and the Capital. For each topic area such as agriculture, education, enviornment, health, legislature, media, and political reform, there are several potential agencies in which students might apply their new ideas in a practical setting. A sampling may be found on the UCCS website.
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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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Winter/Spring​-Term Finances

For the Winter/Spring term in Sacramento, you will be registered as a UC Davis student, since UCD is the home UC campus for the UCCS.  You will be contacted by UCCS staff in October to complete the UCD registration. At that time you will need to add the UCD code to your FAFSA. Your financial aid for Winter/Spring term will be packaged by UCD, using the budget that will be available here: http://uccs.ucdavis.edu/for-students/registration-financial-aid​​ .You will be billed by UCD for the Winter/Spring term fees. 

Estimated EAP Costs *

OptionWeeksUnits (Qtr)Units (Sem)UCEAP Fees 1Additional Costs 2
(Estimated)
 
UNAM Fall2326.517.7$11,275$4,525
 
* 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.

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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:
 
  • All pre-departure expenses related to visas
  • Round-trip airfare to Mexico City and transportation to Sacramento 
  • UC fees
  • On-site Orientation
  • Intensive language program
  • Excursions to Teotihuacan, Cacaxtla and Tlaxcala
  • Tickets to Ballet Folklorico
  • Arrival hotel and meals in Mexico City
  • Estimated room and board at both locations
  • Books and other materials
  • Internship counseling and placement fees
  • Automatic transfer of classes 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.​

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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 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.
     

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 2.85.

GPA:

3.00 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. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by the UC Center Sacramento and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

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

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