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  • Locations: Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: UIC applicants only

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Advisor: Irina Krymova ( Program Model: Faculty-Directed
Program Features: Study Click here for a definition of this term Academic Areas: Anthropology, History, Latin American and Latino Studies, Sociology, Spanish
Open to Non-Degree: No Academic Standing: Undergraduate
Class Eligibility: 02-Sophomore, 03-Junior, 04-Senior Mininum GPA: 2.5
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: none
Housing Options: Homestay
Program Description:

Social Justice, Identity, and Language in Oaxaca, Mexico

July  15 - August 12, 2021

The summer 2021 program has been postponed until summer 2022. Please contact for more information.

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The UIC Oaxaca study abroad program is aimed towards heritage Spanish speaking students. This video shows a glimpse of what it would be like to study abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Application Instructions:
Attend First Step session
Schedule an appointment with SAO advisor 
Bring filled out SAO application and program materials (coming soon) to the appointment 
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Program Description 
This program will provide the opportunity for bilingual Spanish students (those who have been in contact with Spanish through their homes or through extended periods in a Spanish- speaking country) to complete their language requirement or begin their major/minor courses in a diverse environment.

Additionally, students will learn about the history, migration, Mexico-US relationships and art through the Ollin Tlahtoalli: Centro de Lenguas y Cultura Mexicana a.c. Field study forms a key part of the courses as students visit various parts of Oaxaca. Students will also partcipate in structured reflections about Latino identity in the U.S. and Mexico. Students will receive 6 or 7 UIC credit hours (depending on the coursework) upon successful completion of the program. Students will be required to attend two mandatory pre-departure sessions in May. 

All students will take Mexican Culture and Society (3 credit hours) class and choose one of the language courses:

  • Spanish for Bilinguals II (SPAN 114)
  • Spanish Grammar in Practice (SPAN 202)
  • Extensive Reading and Writing for Heritage Speakers of Spanish (SPAN 204)
  • Spanish in Society (SPAN 363) 
  • Independent Study (SPAN 399) 
Possible Research topics: 
  • Indigeneity: Students will ready about the 16 indigenous groups in the state of Oaxaca and interview speakers of at least two (2) of the local indegenous language groups in order to understand themes of minoritized languages, bilingualism and majority language education.
  • Access to healthcare: Only for students with some basic medical training. Students will volunteer at the local Red Cross and assist walk-in doctors and nurses with patient care. They will also complete a research project about the Mexican healthcare system and the different degrees of access afforded to members of society.
  • Women in society: Students carry out a research project on the ways in which Mexican women generally, and Oaxacan women specifically, contribute to the private and the public economies through their labor and cultural, religious, and familiar activities.

Special Features

·        • Receive Spanish credit for SPAN 114, 202, 204, or 399 
• Field trips in and around Oaxaca

• Led by UIC Professor  Kim Potowski


Students will be housed with a local family. Breakfast and lunch will be provided daily


Students who have completed 12 hrs at UIC and in good academic standing. Students who are heritage speakers (have completed SPAN 113 or placed into SPAN 114, or SPAN 204 via the Spanish for Bilinguals Placement Test) are eligible to apply. Students may be required to have a pre-screening interview.


The program fee $4,004 includes tuition, housing, airport pickup, tour of Oaxaca, welcome lunch, study tours, farewell dinner, and orientations, Additional expenses include airfare, international health insurance and personal expenses. Financial aid may be applied. Generic and program specific scholarships are available.  

More information

For additional information regarding this program, contact Maggie Miller 
UIC Study Abroad Office, 502 UH , 312-413-7662 and Professor Potowski 

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***Final acceptance is determined by faculty leading the program***

***This program may be cancelled if minimum enrollment is not met***