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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. Moving between the city and the countryside, students will learn through cultural immersion and hand-on activities that include:

  • Visit and stay 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

  • Take a 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


  • Students can earn 3 URI credits for one of the following courses: 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

Bed and breakfast arrangement in large triple or double rooms in historic center.

Please contact Professor Pisa about the required pre-screening interview, in advance of your application at:

Pre-Screening Student Information Sheet: Available Now!

Program Fee: TBA
Some meals
Excursions and cultural activities
In-country transportation
Health insurance
Health Insurance


NOTE: All fees subject to change


Program Deadlines:
Application Deadline: TBA
Final Payment Due: TBA


For more information, please contact:


Program Director
URI Faculty-Led Programs Office
Rosaria Pisa
International Center
Department of Anthropology and Sociology
37 Lower College Road


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URI Summer Faculty-Led Programs

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