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  • Locations: Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
  • Budget Sheets: Early Fall
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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Affiliated Department: Spanish Foreign Language Required: 203
Primary Language(s) of Instruction: English, Spanish UW Credits: 5
Estimated Program Fee: 3000 UW Program Director: Ilce Gonzalez, Maria Gillman
UW Study Abroad Program Manager: Darielle Horsey UW Program Staff Email:,
Program Information:

Location Oaxaca, Mexico
Academic Term Early Fall
08/25/2019 - 09/21/2019
Estimated Program Fee $3,450
Credits 5
Prerequisites The prerequisite for this program is successful completion of Span 203, 216 or have 300 level or higher proficiency in Spanish by the end of Summer 2018
Program Directors Maria Gillman |
Ilce Gonzalez |
Program Manager Darielle Horsey |
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2019
Extended Application Deadline March 17, 2019
Information Sessions TBD - please contact Program Directors for more information.
General Oaxaca, one of the most interesting and diverse states in Mexico, is the location for our study of Migratory Impacts on Communities and a Sustainable Development Case Study in Oaxaca.

Program Description

Oaxaca is one of the most interesting and diverse states in Mexico, with 1/3 of its residents speaking one of 16 different indigenous languages, they have maintained much of their culture and identity, more so than most other places in Mexico. Oaxaca celebrates its diverse culture with traditional music and dance, art and rich cuisine. Home stays will provide the students a unique study abroad experience and the opportunity to exchange ideas and practice their Spanish. The students will learn from local, sociology professors about migration patterns among indigenous and mestizos from Oaxaca, within Mexico and the effects and impacts in the local communities when they leave the country and head North, to the US. Furthermore, students will learn about sustainable development, how interest-free micro-loans help women start or expand their small businesses, which could be anything from weaving rugs to raising chickens, making tortillas, or selling flowers in the local market. Students will have a chance to come in direct contact with these women and visit their communities through "Fundación En Vía" and have an authentic cultural experience. All classes will be held at the prestigious and renowned Instituto Cultural Oaxaca (ICO), the oldest language school in Oaxaca city. It is located on the grounds of a beautiful 19th Century estate. Participants in this program will be able to visit archaeological and historical sites in Oaxaca city and its surroundings. Finally,the students will celebrate the Mexican Independence Day in the City Center




Oaxaca, Mexico


Families are pre-selected by the Director of the ICO (Instituto Cultural Oaxaca). Students live in Oaxacan family homes generally at a walking distance from the ICO. Students get two meals per day and a single room.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

The prerequisite for this program is successful completion of Span 203, 216 or have 300 level or higher proficiency in Spanish by the end of Summer 2018 This program does not require excessive amounts of walking, but some daily walking is required. Homestay will be withing walking distance from the Institute where students will be taking their classes. Some walking will be required in the excursions and private and public transportation will also be used.


5 UW Quarter Credits


Span 292/393: Migratory Impacts on Communities in Oaxaca (3 credits) VLPA

The seminar will address the experience of human migration, understanding it from the perspective of Oaxaca, viewing it as a territory of multiple motilities, where we will observe displacement, transitory migrations, and both the deportation and reception of displaced people. We will address a critical reflection of the use of the category "indigenous" in these migrations and address their specific attributes. Finally, we will conclude with the dilemma that confines the younger generations of children of Oaxaca immigrants in the United States to better understand their struggle with belonging and identity.

Learning goals include:
By the end of this course, the students will have a better understanding of: a). the impact of migration among the indigenous and mestizo communities in Oaxaca b) the effects of migration for the ones that stay behind and those who have to move away c). the issues that younger generations faced regarding identity and belonging.

Span 292/393: Sustainable Developments Case Study in Oaxaca (2 credits) VLPA

The course will provide an introduction to sustainable development as the guiding principle for international development. Students will have a clear understanding of the the impact the UN Sustainable Development Goals have had in Oaxaca by examining the environmental, economic and social aspects of development. Students will analyze the contemporary challenges of the SDG's and will learn about the efforts from the varying stakeholders including Government, the International Community, NGOs and civil society. Finally, students will be able to compare and analyze the socio-economic impact of micro-loans among indigenous women.

Learning goals include:
By the end of this course, the students will : -Have a a foundation in sustainable development. And learn how the UN sustainable development goals are being met in Oaxaca -Be able to analyze the political, economic and social efforts made by the Government, International Organizations, NGOs and Civil Society by seeing a specific approach on some of the initiatives made in Oaxaca - Study the practical case of "Fundación En Vía" with its particular model that provides opportunity to women, (including indigenous women) through micro-loans to better support themselves and their communities.







Maria Gillman
Principal Lecturer, Spanish & Portuguese Studies

Ilce Gonzalez
TA assistant, Spanish and Portuguese Studies





Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $3,450

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $600)
  • Food (about about $10/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: October 11, 2019

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW Study Abroad administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Below are some ways to find additional support.

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure online orientation provided by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You will be able to access the online orientation through your study abroad application once you have been accepted to a program. Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once you have submitted a contract. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy will be included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal application is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a withdrawal application to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.