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Maymester in Mexico


Do you value international experience? 

Do you think about living abroad one day?

Do you want to learn another language and collaborate with university students from another continent?

Maymester in Mexico virtual study program will move you towards those goals! 

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A new faculty-led program offers an experiential learning program with Mexican student partners in Oaxaca, Mexico, a multilingual city where more than 15 indigenous languages are alive along with Spanish.  Oaxaca was named a “World Heritage Site” by UNESCO for its unique cultural and historical value. 

*** Due to COVID-19, we will offer this invaluable experience through a virtual format with continued collaboration with the Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca (UABJO) in the city of Oaxaca, Mexico. ***

Program Overview

Maymester in Mexico features a four-week study abroad experience in Oaxaca, Mexico for Penn State undergraduates from all campuses, schools, and fields of study.  The program offers learning experiences in multilingual and multicultural communities. Classroom and community-based interactions will build equity-minded and social justice dispositions, leadership, and advocacy skills. Students will learn and use another language in daily activities residing and sharing meals in Mexican homes as well as classroom language instruction in Spanish or Zapotec, an indigenous language widely spoken in the state of Oaxaca.   A unique opportunity in this abroad experience will be to participate in class sessions, collaborative projects, and language exchange with Mexican university student partners. The program also features travel in the local region for experiential learning and ethnographic inquiry in indigenous and Afro-Mexican communities, archeological sites and exploration of the natural world. 

The program is offered through a partnership with the premier public university in the state of Oaxaca, la Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca (UABJO).  

Your participation in this Program will offer experiences and knowledge to: 

  • Increase your cultural awareness and intercultural competency
  • Explore global issues along with Mexican students 
  • Increase on-line communication skills and instructional techniques 
  • Engage in project-based research to deepen understanding of local community health, education, sustainability efforts
  • Develop friendships with Mexican students partners in a virtual cultural immersion
  • Learn some Spanish (or Zapotec)
  • Increase your critical thinking and analytical skills 

Related Links

Our partner University in Oaxaca, Mexico: http://www.uabjo.mx/

College of Education News: https://news.psu.edu/story/590166/2019/09/26/academics/mexico-trip-offer-students-opportunity-international-learning