About the Mexcio Summer program

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mexican landscape

About the Program

Mexico Summer 2019 provides students with the opportunity to study Spanish and aspects of contemporary Mexico while living in Mexico. Students will earn at least nine credits and will be enrolled in the second session of UM summer school 2019. Students will take three academic courses, live with Mexican families, and go on a number of field trips. The program is in its 19th year.

The host institution is CELEP, The Center for Language Study and Ecotourism (Centro de Lenguas y Ecoturismo, A.C.). CELEP is a sister organization and outgrowth of the award winning applied research institution CESE, The Center for Social and Ecological Studies (Centro de Estudios Sociales y Ecológicos, A.C.). CELEP will provide language instruction, classroom space, and lead some of the field trips. CESE will provide introduction and access to a host of governmental, academic, and non-governmental organizations working in the Pátzcuaro region.

Pátzcuaro is a town with a population about the size of Missoula, located approximately 200 miles to the west of Mexico City. Pátzcuaro is known for its colonial architecture, large indigenous population and culture, and its natural beauty. Pátzcuaro has also become a first or second home to many artists and intellectuals fleeing the densities of Mexico’s large metropolitan areas. The presence of these people is a valuable resource for the program. Media coverage from Mexico has reported extensively on drug related violence. The reality in Mexico is complex, with some places being dangerous and others are fine. Pátzcuaro is very safe. Anybody with safety concerns should feel more than welcome to discuss them with Professor Haber.

The program is open to all students, regardless of class standing. Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome. The program can usually accommodate students with any level of Spanish proficiency, from nothing to advanced. The program is limited to 15 students.

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Program Director

Professor Paul Haber, Dept. of Political Science

Paul Haber has been conducting research in Mexico since 1979. His expertise includes the politics of Mexican social movements, political economy, Mexican public policy (with a focus on anti-poverty programs), and U.S.-Mexican relations (with a focus on Mexican migration to the United States). He has lived in the state of Michoacán on and off since 1979 and has extensive personal and institutional relationships in the area.