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  • Locations: Chiapas, Mexico
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Subjects Available: Anthropology, Cultural and Area Studies, Political Science, Sociology Additional Program Requirements: 3.0 GPA
Credit Load: 6 Exchange Program: 0
Faculty-Led: No Internship Opportunity: Generally not available, Service Learning or other volunteer opportunities are available
Language of Instruction: English is the primary language of instruction, Language training available at this site Language Requirement: Coursework equivalent to one year of college-level study required
SUNY code: 093 Partner University: N/A
Program Advisor: Martinez, Andy
Program Description:

The Autonomous University of Social Movements (Summer)


Program Information | Requirements | Academics | Support Services | Housing | Cost Estimates | Resources

Program Information

The University at Albany and offers a unique opportunity to study the history, culture and politics of Mexico, plus intensive Spanish language classes with the Autonomous University of Social Movements (AUSM) and the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM), one of Mexico's most prestigious public universities.

  • The Summer program is 4 weeks long and offers 6 credits.


  • Junior or Senior status preferred. Mature and qualified sophomores are also considered.

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA. 

  • Knowledge of Spanish language preferred.

  • All applicants must be independent, academically driven, show an interest in the curriculum offered and in the overall mission of AUSM.


  • The Summer program is 4 weeks long and offers 6 credits (2 in Political Science, 2 in Sociology, and 2 in Spanish or Tsotsil (only for Fluent Spanish Speakers)

  • The programs utilize the modular system developed at the UAM - a student-centered pedagogy that emphasizes discussion, student presentations, group reflection, workshops with social actors on front-line struggles, and integration of theory with hands-on experience. Professors are organizers/academics with years of firsthand experience in popular struggles in Mexico and the United States. Course work includes required readings, discussion-based classes, workshops, field trips, and site visits.

  • The University at Albany is sponsoring "Zapatismo and the Sixth Declaration" in Chiapas.  Read on for more information on this program by clicking the following link: Course Syllabus

Unique Research Opportunities in Mexico:
3Participatory research opportunities in Mexico for senior, masters, or doctoral theses. Work directly with community radio or indigenous movements in Chiapas, campesinos in Tlaxcala, urban housing movements in Mexico City, or barrio organizing in Ciudad Juarez. Individualized programs are tailored to fit different levels of Spanish language skills and research experience. Spring and Fall programs are 15 weeks, Summer programs last 8 weeks. Interested students should follow our normal application procedure in addition to submitting a 3-5 page research proposal in Spanish.

Credits from the host university will be converted to SUNY credits as follows:
1 SUNY credit per every 15 hours completed 

Grades from the host university will be converted to SUNY grades as follows:


General Education Information for UAlbany students: credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these General Education credits.  You may file a request to have additional courses approved.

Support Services

  • The University at Albany hosts an orientation prior to the start of the program.

  • UAlbany's Office of Education Abroad staff is available throughout the year to assist study abroad students and their parents.

  • On-site staff from the Autonomous University make logistical arrangements to support students throughout their program duration.

For detailed information please see the below link on Health and Safety: 

Health and Safety

Living Arrangements
Housing varies from city to city. Dormitory style living and home stays are typically used to house students. A centerpiece of the Mexico Solidarity Network's study abroad program is your immersion in communities actively involved in political, economic, and cultural organizing.
To view the most recent cost estimate, please click here: Mexico AUSM Summer 17.pdf
Click here for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid

AUSM Scholarship Application:
The Autonomous University of Social Movements offers a scholarship program designed to supplement any grants or other financial awards. It is not intended to be your only funding source. To apply for an AUSM scholarship, fill out and submit this scholarship form with your program application before the posted scholarship application deadlines. Scholarships applications will not be considered unless they are accompanied by a program application. Please find the application below.Scholarships are awarded on the basis of need, with preference given to applicants with proven grassroots organizing experience.

Fall - May 15th
Spring - October 15th
Summer - March 20

Autonomous University of Social Movements Website
AUSM Staff
AUSM Contact Information
Mexico's Summer Program Info

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 04/15/2018
05/01/2018 TBA TBA

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This program is currently not accepting applications.