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College of Liberal and Fine Arts

UTSA in Oaxaca

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Study Mexican Culture and Civilization in Oaxaca, Mexico

Six credit hours:  SPN 6976  or SPN 4303 and SPN 4953

Eligible participants:

Graduate students and advanced undergraduates with superior Spanish skills. Instructor approval/interview necessary

Program Description:

The course examines

  • The main aspects of Mexican culture and civilization, including indigenous cultures from the past and present;

  • the colonial culture and society of Mexico with  a wealth of masterpieces of Baroque painting, sculpture, and architecture;

  • official and unofficial devotions, including Catholicism, Shamanism, and Indo-Catholic syncretism;

  • the role of women in mainstream Mexico in contrast with the matrifocal society of the Tehuantepec region;

  • contemporary Mexico, including globalization, drug trafficking, and their consequences in the economy, religious practices, and the society in general.

Direct Program Cost Estimate:  $1,380.00

  • Homestay (Room & Breakfast)  $700

  • Excursions and Cultural Activities $450

  • International Medical Insurance $80          

  • UTSA International Education Fee $150

Not included:

  • UTSA Tuition for 6 credit hours

  • Airfare

  • Lunch and dinner

Scholarships and Financial Aid:

  • A scholarship from the Carlos and Malu Alvarez International Study Fund is available for all participants ($300-$600)

  • Additional scholarships for qualified students are available from the Office of International Programs (up to $1,200)

  • Regular summer financial aid