Office of International Education

Globalization of Education

Summer 2016


The program, “Environment and Society in Mexico” is based in Oaxaca City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Oaxaca is a beautiful colonial city located in the Southwestern state of Oaxaca, home to the largest concentration of indigenous peoples in Mexico. Oaxaca is an ideal site from which to study how indigenous people draw meaning from, use, and manage their natural resources. 


Students will earn 3 URI credits for SOC or APG 329: Contemporary Mexican Society; APG 470: Problems in Anthropology; or SOC 497: Field Experience in Sociology.

  • Classes will be held in the field; journaling and multicultural dialogue; and essay
  • No Spanish language requirement. Basic Spanish recommended.

Coursework will be supplemented with cultural activities and excursions including:

  • Visits and stays in indigenous communities
  • Stay at a permaculture (sustainable living) project and learn to farm sustainably
  • Stay at one of the largest indigenous-controlled ecotourism projects in Mexico
  • Meet indigenous women who operate successful businesses with the support of microfinance
  • Cooking class that synthesizes the interconnections among indigenous cultures, external influences, local products, and food preparation
  • Engage with the cultural, historical, artistic, and culinary richness of Oaxaca


Mexico is a federal republic in North America. It is bordered by the United States, Guatemala, Belize, Pacific Ocean, Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. Mexico is comprised of 31 states and a Federal District, its capital and largest city. It is the fifth largest country in the Americas and has an estimated population of over 120 million people.

Accommodations and Meals:

Students will stay in double or triple-occupancy rooms. Some meals will be provided.

Pre-Screening Student Information Sheet:

Please contact Professor Pisa about the required pre-screening interview, in advance of your application at:  The pre-screening student information sheet is available here.

Program Fee: TBA

Program Fee Includes:

  • 3 URI credits
  • Accommodations
  • Some meals
  • Excursions and cultural activities
  • In-country transportation
  • Health insurance

NOTE: All fees subject to change.

Program Deadlines:

Application Deadline: April 1, 2016

Final Payment Due: June 1, 2016


For more information, please contact:

Program Director
Rosaria Pisa
Department of Sociology/Anthropology

URI Faculty-Led Programs
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International Center

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Important Dates

Winter J Term

Application Deadline:
October 2, 2015
Scholarship Deadline:
November 1, 2015
Final Payment Deadline:
December 1, 2015


Application Deadline: 
December 1, 2015
Scholarship Deadline:
December 1, 2015

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