UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

MODERN LANGUAGE 376 MEXICO: A CULTURAL EXPERIENCE

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MEXICO IS...truly a cultural experience. A country of enormous geographic and ethnic diversity, our neighbor to the south possesses a rich and complex cultural heritage. It has high, cool mountain regions, beautiful sandy ocean beaches, large stretches of desert, and tropical rain forests. Its capital, Mexico City, is the largest metropolitan area in the world, yet the country is largely rural, and many of its villages preserve their colonial characteristics. Mexicans are proud of their history and political independence, which can be seen in many museums and archeological sites throughout the country. Mexico is a country with masses of poor people, yet it is home to some of the richest families in the world. It has been home to advanced indigenous civilizations dating back to at least 100 B.C. Mexico has modern, high-tech industries and agricultural practices that coincide with craft industries that have changed little in the last 1000 years. Modernization in Mexico has taken on an international scope, as it has become one of the partners in the NAFTA agreement, and the country promotes a thriving tourist industry. The ever-present mixture of tradition and innovation makes a trip to Mexico an unforgettable cultural and language immersion experience.

THE J-TERM STUDY TOUR…will provide many opportunities for exploring pre-columbian, colonial, and modern architecture and art; Mexican business and commerce, the educational system and agrarian practices; as well as religious and cultural centers in the cities of Mexico City, Taxco, Queretaro, Guanajuato, and Leon. The trip concludes with several days in Guadalajara, Jalisco, the second largest city in Mexico and home of Mariachi, and a final stop in Puerto Vallarta, before returning home during the third week of January.

APPLICATION The Modern Language 376 fall course and three week Winter Interim tour of Mexico is open to students of all majors in their junior or senior year who have cumulative GPA of at least 2.5. Other students may be considered for the program, depending on enrollment figures. Knowledge of Spanish is helpful but not required for participation in the course.
Spanish majors/minors are expected to write the term paper in Spanish. This three credit course meets the University's Global Perspectives requirement. The eight required evening seminars, which cover many areas of Mexican history, culture, society, art, agriculture and environment, prepare students to study in Mexico, meet during the preceding Fall Semester. The tentative trip dates for the next study tour are December 27, 2013 through January 17, 2014.

COST Included in the cost of the course and tour are international fare and lodging, local transportation while in Mexico, entrance fees to all museums, historical sites and activities, insurance, and other miscellaneous expenses. Estimated costs are $2,400 for the 2013-2014 program. This total does not include the cost of 3 credits UWRF tuition, meals, passport, or optional activities while in Mexico.

FOR MORE INFORMATION…

Apply online at UWRF Global Connectionslink
Contact the Global Connections Office, 102 Hagestad Hall 425-4891
or contact Spanish Professor Terry Mannetter, 288C KFA 425-3121 email: terrence.mannetter@uwrf.edumail