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Summer: Rutgers- Culture and Community Health in Mexico
Oaxaca, the capital city of the southern Mexican state of the same name, contains a fabulous wealth of pre-colonial heritage sites, as well as colonial and contemporary architecture. Aside from its historical treasures, the city is also known for its cobbled streets, shaded squares, colonial churches, and busy markets. The city has some outstanding restaurants, cafés, and bars, too, together with top-notch museums, art galleries, and numerous festivals. A little further afield, don’t miss the Mesoamerican architecture of Monte Alban, where some 25,000 Zapotecs (the original inhabitants of Oaxaca) once made their homes.
In Oaxaca, you will take two, 3-credit classes:
Community Health (3 credits)
A weekly 3 hour seminar on the medical anthropology of Mexico, combined with volunteer service in local community health organizations, and a weekly 3 hour reflection seminar on the community health experiences. Service placements include work in rural health clinics, in programs for the elderly, in services that support people who are HIV positive, and organizations that promote public health.
Medical Spanish (3 credits)
Taken at Amigos del Sol Language School in Oaxaca. Students will be placed at the appropriate language level. Your grade in the course on Medical Spanish will be based upon homework assigned by the teacher, and pre- and post-assessment by the Language School.
It is not possible to take classes not-for-credit, nor is it possible to take classes as Pass/Fail.
To view the program’s preliminary 2014 syllabus, please click here. Please note this is a sample syllabus, and all of its contents are subject to change.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
The program itinerary includes several group excursions, designed to enhance student learning about the history, culture, and contemporary society of the host community. Past excursions have included:
Arrival: May 27th
Departure: June 29th
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted and the program dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
Throughout the duration of the program, students will be housed with a host family, in shared rooms with access to bathroom facilities. If you have a roommate, he or she will be another student on the Rutgers program. Bed linens and a pillow are provided. Your particular placement is made at the discretion of in-country staff; however, if you have special needs, such as dietary restrictions, please let your program manager know in advance.
The señora of the house will provide your meals during the program. In Mexico, the main meal of the day is lunch, so your breakfast and dinner will generally be smaller than you may be used to.
Program Costs: Summer 2014
For more information about the Program Cost and additional Non-Billable Expenses please download and review the Community Health in Mexico Expenses Worksheet:
Oaxaca Summer 2014 Expenses Worksheet
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
International Service Learning Scholarship- Available to Rutgers students participating in Rutgers International Service Learning programs. Students must have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA to apply. Information on how to apply will be released to students after their acceptance.
Early decision deadline: February 21, 5:00PM. Final scholarship deadline: March 26, 5:00PM.
SEBS International Summer Scholarships- Available to SEBS students only. For more information please visit the SEBS Scholarships web page.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.
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