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STP | Winter in Mexico: Social Realities in Mexico & Spanish Language (IBERO)
Mexico City, Mexico (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Summer
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Key Experience Criteria
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RMIT College (AUS)/School (VTN): Any compatible discipline RMIT School: Any compatible discipline
Study level: Undergraduate
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Minimum GPA:
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Program type: Global Summer Programs
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Social realities mexico 2019NOTE: Deadline extended to 15 October 2018!!
Program details
  • Host institution: Universidad Iberoamericana (Ibero)
  • Program dates: 4 January - 17 February 2019 (6 weeks)
  • Availability: 5 students
The 6-week course "Social Realities in Mexico" is an academic program meant to sharpen the students' awareness of the main development concerns and social challenges in Latin America. At the same time, the participants acquire factual, technical and theoretical knowledge to undertake those challenges, and strengthen their foundation skills through first-hand experience.
The key factors of the program are an appealing balance of academic and social activities, full immersion into the Mexican culture and society, and direct contact with experts, NGOs and the local population.

Participants of the program get to improve their Spanish language skills, build their professional network and enjoy fun trips, excursions, and activities with a diverse group of students across disciplines. For more information, please see the Social Realities in Mexico 2019 Brochure

This short-term program will be particularly attractive to RMIT undergraduate students with an interest in Spanish language, running during the Melbourne summer semester break, this will allow students to complete one or two electives or core courses outside the main semesters.

Eligibility
  • Undergraduates who have completed at least 1 full year of studies (minimum 72 credit points)
  • Fluent English language skills. Basic Spanish language skills will be helpful.
  • GPA of 2.0 (flexible)
Academic details at Universidad Iberoamericana
The program consists of the following:
  • Spanish language course
    • The intensive Spanish course (2 hours per day) consolidates the students' pre-existing knowledge or introduce them to a new language. Students are placed in different groups according to their level.
  • Service learning workshop
    • Basic methodology of social projects: Analysis of macro- and micro-environment, planning, implementation and evaluation. Reflection and evaluation sessions. Meetings and discussions with experts.
  • Thematic lectures 
    Relevant theoretical and conceptual background for the program (1 topic per week). Learning outcome: the social, cultural and economic framework of contemporary Mexico. Topics for 2018: 
  1. Human Rights
  2. Poverty and Social Inequality
  3. Migration
  4. Environment and Sustainability
  5. Indigenous Studies 
  • Cultural/touristic excursions
    • Weekend trips to touristic must-see sites in central Mexico and cultural activities complement the program.
  • Buddy program
    • Upon request, each participant will be assigned a Mexican IBERO student who will help him/her to enhance the cultural immersion. The main idea is to strengthen the social networking and to have a first local contact prior to their arrival and throughout the program.
  • Study tour
    • The program will conclude with a one-week study tour to one of the most beautiful and interesting states in southern Mexico: Chiapas. On this fascinating trip, the group will visit some of Mexico’s most important cultural and natural highlights, get in contact with the local indigenous population, and visit local organizations that deal with some of the topics that were discussed throughout the program.
  • Program content week by week see here.
Note: course offerings may be subject to change at the partner.

Academic credit at RMIT
This is an opportunity for you to gain credit for your degree during the RMIT summer semester break.
  • The exact credit will need to be discussed with your RMIT Program Manager. You will need to complete a study plan as part of your application as per the application process below.
NOTE: if approved to receive academic credit you will enrol into study abroad EXTL placeholder courses for which you will pay not tuition fees to RMIT.

Program cost
Cost for this program is approximately $3,015 USD (Exchange partner rate).
This includes:
  • Tuition and program fees
  • Domestic air fares (Mexico City to Chiapas and back)
  • Housing (homestay with a Mexican family or hotel), 40 nights
  • Laundry once a week
  • Hotel costs during the Chiapas study tour, 5 nights
  • Transport to and from airport
  • Breakfasts
  • Dinners (weeks 1 - 5)
  • Free access to campus facilities (gymnasium, infirmary, computer labs, etc.)
  • Cultural/social activities and weekend trips
Additional costs to consider (but not limited to):
  • Flights
  • Host country visa (if applicable)
  • Health insurance (note this is compulsory in Mexico and is different from travel insurance)
  • Personal expenditure
 ** Travel insurance:
Students on approved overseas activities receive complimentary travel insurance (policy number: 41443), although you may require additional cover depending on your circumstances. 
For more detailed information, please refer here
 
Accommodation
Options include:
  • Homestays with Mexican Families
  • Hotel reservation (note: a different rate will apply)
Application and selection process
STEP 1: apply via Mobi by clicking the ‘Apply now’ button above by 15 October 2018
Your application must include:
  1. Academic Approval: your RMIT school-approved study plan. See here for more information about seeking study plan approval.
  2. A statement of purpose about why you want to participate in this program and how it will benefit you personally and academically.
STEP 2: Successful applicants will then be nominated to the host institution
STEP 3: If nominated, you will then be contacted by GEO, who will advise you about the next stage of your application. You will need to complete an application (and pay an application fee) to the host institution. by 28 September 2018. 

Funding
For Summer 2018/9 the following grants are available:
  • 5 x $1000 Global Experience grants!
There may be alternative ways to fund your trip. Please check the Scholarships website and Global Experience website for funding options.

RMIT contact
Philippa Scott
Global Mobility Advisor (Short-Term programs)
Email: global.shortprogram@rmit.edu.au
Phone: +61 3 9925 9980
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Exchange Program (Semester/Year): scroll to the Program Description to apply.

All Other Programs: once application cycle opens, use the "Apply Now" button that will appear in this section.