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SIT Mexico: Migration, Borders, and Transnational Communities
Mexico City, Mexico; Oaxaca, Mexico (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Fall,
Spring
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Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Restrictions: F&M applicants only
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of F&M approval for this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Language of Instruction: Spanish Minimum GPA: 2.5
Housing Options: Homestay Term: Fall, Spring
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SIT Program Advisor: Dean Ali Janicek
Program Type: Field Study, Study Center
Program Description:
Program Description:
SIT Study Abroad Mexico: Migration, Borders, and Transnational Communities
Discover the contemporary realities of international undocumented migration and border enforcement and their immense human impact and political and social tension in the context of Mexico, Central America, and the United States.

Program Highlights:
  • Start out in Tucson, a major point of entry for undocumented migrants entering the US.
  • Live in Oaxaca, a state in southern Mexico and a point of origin for many of the migrants going to the US.
  • Understand the factors that lead to undocumented migration.
  • Get a firsthand look at two different borders.
  • See how migration affects Central Americans during a two-day stay in Guatemala.Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

Internship:
The internship may be completed with a local community organization, research organization, business, government agency, or international NGO. The internship will enable you to gain valuable professional experience, enhance your skills, and deepen your understanding of the social implications of migration through practical experience with people who work on these issues.

Topics and placements may vary according to the availability of each institution. Sample internships:
  • Working with migrants
  • Assisting local economies projects
  • Educating rural youth
  • Supporting women’s empowerment
  • Helping political art campaigns
  • Working with locals to create alternatives to migration

Independent Study Project:
During the final four weeks of the program, you can choose to use your new Spanish and cultural skills and the academic knowledge you have acquired to complete an Independent Study Project (ISP) on a topic of interest to you. The ISP is conducted in Oaxaca or another approved location. You will integrate different components of the program as you conduct an in-depth investigation of a social movement or organization. The ISP is an opportunity to build a solid foundation for further research for a senior thesis, Fulbright fellowship, or graduate school.

Sample topics:
Transnational identities
  • Border enforcement
  • Migrant rights
  • Remittance economies
  • Returned migration and cultural reintegration
  • “Right to stay” movements for viable futures
  • Family reunification
  • Gender and migration
  • The political role of public art
  • Development and displacement
  • Transnational social movements

Key Topics of Study:
  • Factors contributing to high rates of undocumented migration
  • Effects of large-scale migration on communities
  • Gender and family culture shifts as a result of women taking on new leadership roles in Mexico and the United States
  • Experiences of undocumented migration and changes in it over time
  • Strategies used to enforce borders and how these policies affect borderland communities, border crossers, and transnational communities
  • Policy changes that could address the causes of consequences of undocumented migration



Franklin & Marshall Academic Policy
F&M requires all students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution or off-campus study program. You can typically find this information on the program partner's website. In many cases, this will be four or five courses for a semester. Many programs grant course credit in U.S. semester credit hours. Franklin & Marshall will award four F&M course credits for a total of 15 or 16 U.S. semester credit hours.  If the total number of credits for your program is more than 16 or less than 15, divide the total number by four to find out how many course credits you will receive (this includes summer study).

Courses on off-campus study programs must be taken for a letter grade, not on a pass/no pass basis. Grades from off-campus study program courses will appear on your Franklin & Marshall transcript, but they will not be calculated into your cumulative GPA.

Courses taken off-campus may be able to satisfy major, minor, language or distribution requirements (Arts, Humanities, Social Science, Non-Western Cultures or Natural Science Lab) in addition to general elective credit. Courses may fulfill more than one requirement. Please note that Franklin & Marshall cannot issue transfer credit for a course taken in a department that is not represented at the College.  If a course does not clearly fall under a department, the off-campus study advising staff can help you determine whether or not it can be accepted for credit.

Franklin & Marshall Housing Policy
Housing options during your off-campus study program will vary by program. Some programs may allow students to choose their housing option; other programs require all students to live in a certain type of housing. Typical housing arrangements may include apartments, homestays, or on-campus housing at a local university. Please visit the program homepage to determine your program's housing options or requirements.

Please note that some programs may offer students the option to pursue independent housing (outside of the regular housing options provided by the program). F&M does not allow students to choose independent housing unless there is a significant academic or cultural reason (such as wanting to live in a homestay when only apartment housing is provided). Independent housing carries many risks and F&M and the program provider cannot provide any support to students who pursue independent housing. Students who are interested in pursuing independent housing will need to contact their off-campus study adviser to petition for approval to pursue this option.

Financial Policy, Financial Aid and Scholarships
During the academic year, students will continue to be eligible for financial aid during a term of off-campus study.   This includes federal and state loans and Franklin & Marshall merit scholarships and need-based grants.  In general, eligibility for financial aid is based on Franklin & Marshall tuition, cost of housing and meals from the off-campus study program, and an allowance for books and personal expenses.  Your annual estimated family contribution as generated by your FAFSA will remain the same regardless of program costs. Students who receive Grant-in-Aid benefits will continue to access these benefits for the semester off-campus. This benefit is only available to students of eligible full-time F&M faculty and staff.

Students may be eligible for additional scholarships outside of F&M, please review the Scholarships section of the website for more information.



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