|Title:||Mexico Field Study|
|Listing:||Unlisted CALS study abroad summer course|
|Enrollment:||Although a minimum 8 participants is needed to justify the field study, the enrollment is limited to 12 to maintain the highest quality of experience for each student|
|Description:||Purpose: What is it? The field study takes participants to Mexico to visit cultural, historical, and agricultural sites. The trip is between 11 and 14 days long during the last 2 weeks in August.|
|Prerequisite:||A 1 credit spring seminar course (cross-listed special topics 375) which prepares students for the field study by educating them about agricultural, social, and economic issues facing Mexico. The spring seminar requirement may be waived with instructor consent.|
|Dates:||August 17th - 31th (tentative)|
|Instructor:||Michel Wattiaux; email: email@example.com|
|Details:||To see the itinerary and read what students have said about the field study in previous years, click here for: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 field study pages. Also, see the other "informational" pages, Application and Travel Tips, to understand more of what is involved in the trip.|
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Although the actual site visits are reviewed and adapted every year given the specific interests of each cohort of participants, the field study is designed to provide participants with opportunities to deepen their understanding of the real-world issues discussed during the spring semester seminar. The tour will:
Academic benefits. This program fits well in any 4-yr road map and provides participants with:
Professional development benefits. Additional gains to some participants include:
Please be aware that the field trip is not a vacation and although we want to have fun and learn in a relaxed atmosphere, it is a course that will be graded according to how well you complete the following expectations:
|1) Completing the Guidebook (15 entries x 3 pts/entry)||45 pts|
|2) Completion of Field Study Evaluation through mini-essays (reflection)||15 pts|
|3) Portfolio Entries (5 entries x 8 pts/entry)||40 pts|
|Total Number of Points||100|
Before applying to the Mexico Field Study program, please look over the following list. You must meet the following requirements in order to attend the field study:
|November - January||Register for 375 spring "Mexico Seminar": Agr in Emerging Economies: Dairying in Mexico.|
|January||Contact Laura VanToll (608) 265-0673 (CALS International Programs if you have any concerns (financial or others).|
|January 31st||CALS Continuing student Scholarship application due (see "financing your education" and Scholarship@UW-Madison page (still under-construction).|
|February 23rd||Mexico Field Study 2012-Application with attached Study Abroad Scholarship application due|
|F. March 16th||1st Installment of program fee due ($500)|
|April 27th||2nd Installment of program fee due (balance)|
|Late April||Mandatory Orientation: See this page for information and dates on this year's orientation session.|
|August 18 or 19th||Leaving from O'Hare to (tbd)|
|August 31th or Sept. 1th||Arrive at O'Hare from (tbd). - Completed guidebook, evaluation, and reflection due|
|September 4nd||Fall Semester Begins|
|September 17th||Portfolio Entries due|
Contacts: What if I have questions?
We have put together a tentative budget for this year's field study. The final version of the budget will be developed using updated expenses. Below is a chart of expenses which may be incurred during the field study and describes those expenses included in the program fee and those which you will be personally responsible for during the trip:
|Expenses Included||Expenses Not Included|
You can expect the the program fee to range from $1500-2300 (historically). The actual program fee will vary depending on the total number of participants and the finalized itinerary. Note that the program fee includes the tuition (for 2-credits of summer session). However your tuition dollars (approximately $700) are placed entirely in an account that is used to pay for your actual expenses during the program.Scholarships: How can I afford it?
While the Mexico Field Study is one of the cheapest international experiences students can take advantage of on campus, we realize that most students are probably looking at the program fee and saying to themselves, "There's no way I can afford this!" But you are wrong! If need be, with a little bit of planning, you can easily afford this!. Below we've compiled a list of funding sources you can use to pay for this field study:
A lot has been on the news lately about the violence and drug wars in Mexico, which naturally has people worried about travel to Mexico. There are some dangerous places for tourists in Mexico right now - namely the U.S.-Mexico border area. The west-central region of Mexico, where we visit, is the safest area in the country.
The program leader, College of Agriculture, and the University are constantly monitoring the situation in Mexico. The University travel policy follows State Department recommendations. This means that if the situation in Mexico becomes such that the State Department initiates a travel restriction to the area of Mexico where we will be, the University may post-pone or cancel all together a trip. Thus University may also terminate our field study and bring everyone home before the end of the trip if the safety of our students is in jeopardy.
That being said while in Mexico, we are constantly "guided" by Mexican professors and their students who act as our "chaperones" as well as our contacts for the region's visits. The program leader is bilingual in English and Spanish and there is at least one assistant to the program leader (a non-student University of Wisconsin employee) with the group at all times.
If you are still concerned, the following are some resources concerning safety in Mexico and while traveling abroad:
|Keywords:||Field Study information eligibility purpose planning||Doc ID:||21|
|Owner:||Michel W.||Group:||Dairy Science 375|
|Created:||2004-09-30 19:00 CDT||Updated:||2012-08-14 12:14 CDT|
|Sites:||Dairy Science 375, International Agriculture|