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Contemporary Challenges Credits
Language Immersion

University of the Yucatan - Social Work (Mexico)

Merida, Mexico

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Fall 2020
TBA
TBA
Mar 01, 2020
Academic Year 2020
TBA
TBA
Mar 01, 2020
Spring 2021
TBA
TBA
Oct 01, 2020
Language(s) of Instruction
Spanish
No
No
No
Class Standing
Junior
Second semester Sophomore
Senior
2.5
Restrictions

Must have completed Spanish 204 or equivalent prior to departure

Credits

12-15

Program Advisor

The Program

Immerse in Mexican culture and perfect your Spanish by taking courses alongside local students and engaging in social work and volunteer opportunities.

The Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (UADY), founded in 1922 and ranked among the top 10 public universities in the country, is the oldest and largest university in southern Mexico. UADY offers a full range of courses in social sciences, humanities, education, tourism, business and sciences. The university also has a well-developed service learning program, open to international students.

University of Yucatan

Program Locations

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City of Merida

Mexico

Merida

The tranquil, colonial city of Merida will be your point of arrival and your base in the Yucatán. The city is a wonderful blend of Mayan, Hispanic, and modern-day Mexican cultures--not to mention colorful birds, wily geckos, and bejeweled beetles. Merida is the capital of the Yucatán but still has plenty of local charm, with elegant architecture, open-air markets, a variety of museums, and delicious regional cuisine. And don't be fooled by the old world atmosphere; the city has free wireless in all its public parks. Cosmopolitan and friendly, Merida also has a vivid cultural life of theater, dance, music, street festivals, sports, and folklore. On weekends, the nearest beaches are a mere 20 miles away.

Academics

In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the Universidad Autonoma de Yucatán website.

When looking for courses, be sure that you are looking at courses for undergraduate students only and that you are looking at classes in the correct term of study. Spend some time exploring the departments’ websites, as quite often you will find courses that you need in surprising places.

Social Work students must take classes that relate to the curriculum for the BASW senior year fall semester and must be approved by a social work academic advisor:

  09:910:352  Groups at Risk in Contemporary Society (3)

  09:910:471  Field Practicum I (6)

  09:910:472  Generalist Practice I (3)

You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to Universidad Autonoma de Yucatán and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take at least 12 credits while abroad. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or as pass/fail.

Service Learning and Volunteer Opportunities

Hoy en tu Comunidad is a student-run volunteer program through the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán. The mission of Hoy en tu Comunidad program is to raise social awareness and values in students, as well as help rural Yucatán society by providing first level, multidisciplinary services and attention through volunteerism. Each Saturday, approximately 120 students from all disciplines at the UADY (medicine, nursing, veterinary, biology, ecology, business, anthropology, engineering, mathematics, etc.) spend the day together in a Mayan pueblo.  The students break into teams to provide a variety of services to the Mayan population. This is an extraordinary opportunity to see a Maya pueblo and interact with its citizens while providing urgently needed attention. In addition, it is a bonding experience as you will have a chance to meet and work with Mexican students from all disciplines. For more information please visit the Hoy en tu Comunidad website.

For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Academic Calendar

To view the current academic calendar, please visit the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán web page.

*All dates are subject to change.  Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed.
 

Fall Semester

Early August

Mid-December

Spring Semster

Early January

Mid-May

Housing and Meals

You will be living in a private room in a homestay with a Mexican family. In some cases, you will have a private bathroom as well. Typically your homestay will be located within a 30-60 minute commute by bus from the university.  Upon arrival your host family will greet you at the airport and teach you practical information for living in Mexico (how to take the bus to school, how to do laundry, where to find a bank etc).

Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Program Cost $10,620 $13,820
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition 
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance
 

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Housing (average: cost will vary by accommodation type) $2,500
Airfare $1,000
Meals $1,000
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $55
Books and Classroom Materials $400
Local Transportation $200
Personal Expenses $1,500
Total $6,655.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.  

Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

 

Program Costs (full year)

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Program Cost per Semester $9,915 $13,115
Program Cost includes:
  • Tuition
  • Administrative Fees
  • International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Housing (average: cost will vary by accommodation type) $6,000
Airfare $1,000
Meals $2,000
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $55
Books and Classroom Materials $800
Local Transportation $400
Personal Expenses $3,000
Total $13,255.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad. 
 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Program Cost $10,620 $13,820
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition 
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

 

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Housing (average: cost will vary by accommodation type) $2,500
Airfare $1,000
Meals $1,000
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $55
Books and Classroom Materials $400
Local Transportation $200
Personal Expenses $1,500
Total $6,655.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.  

Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

 

Scholarships

Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant.  For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.

Student Spotlight

Kayla is meeting with local families as part of her social work program.

"My trip to Merida, Mexico is the second time I have gone abroad through Rutgers Global. The experiences I have had on both trips are by far the most impactful that I’ve gone through in my life. Because I am a social work major, my trips tend to be geared toward service and social welfare for underrepresented communities/individuals. Here in Mexico, we were exposed to a variety of different social welfare agencies that protect and advocate for clients who may be in danger or suffer from mental/physical disabilities."