Puebla 2009

Spanish and Health and Human Services in Puebla, Mexico

Mid May—End of June (Dates: TBA)

abroad_upaepcampus2006.jpgCourse Overview
Students in Health Administration, Kinesiology, Nursing, Public Health, and Social Work can earn 6 hours of undergraduate or graduate credit on this five week course to Puebla, Mexico.  This course will expose participants to Mexican healthcare practices and the Spanish language with the intention of allowing future US healthcare practitioners to better understand Latino constituencies in North Carolina and the United States.  Students will spend 40 days studying the Mexican health care system and Spanish language.

Students must be in residence and attend all program classes and events.

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Puebla is the capital of the state of Puebla and one of Mexico's oldest Spanish cities, founded in 1531. Puebla is renowned for its distinctive colonial architecture, savory cuisine, Talavera ceramics, onyx crafts, and textile industry. The indigenous language of the region, Náhuatl, is still spoken in some rural areas of the Puebla Valley.  In 1987, UNESCO designated Puebla a World Heritage City.  Four volcanoes, the highest peaks in Mexico, are visible from the city: Popocatépetl, Iztaccíhuatl, La Malinche, and Citlaltépetl, also known as the Pico de Orizaba. Popocatépetl is an active volcano and periodically spouts water and ash.

Cost of Program
Seminar cost, payable to UNC Charlotte, is TBA and will include (this is subject to change as arrangements are made with UPAEP):

  • 6 hours of UNC Charlotte credit
  • Two day trip to Mexico City and Teotihuacan
  • Two day trip to Cuentzalan
  • Roundtrip bus transportation from and to the airport in Mexico City
  • International health insurance

What you pay individually and in addition:

  • A $10 nonrefundable application fee (paid with the program deposit)
  • Roundtrip airfare - Students are responsible for getting to and from Mexico City
  • Spending money - for off-campus food, shopping, sightseeing
  • Your passport *

Programs of Study
Applications are available online and are due no later than February 15th, 2009

By studying Spanish in an immersive setting, attending lectures about the Mexican healthcare system and visiting hospitals, clinics and other health care related sites in the Puebla metropolitan area Teaching English as a Second Language.  Classes will be conducted at the Universidad Popular Autonomo del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP), a private University established in 1972 in Puebla, Mexico, one of Mexico's most beautiful cities and a UN World Heritage site.
Students will receive 6 hours of credit:

  • 3 Spanish and 3 elective credits for undergraduate students
  • 6 electives for graduate students

Housing and Meals
Participants will stay in a homestay with selected Mexican families, who will provide three meals a day.  Students may be required to commute to the UPAEP, and need to plan on purchasing meals not spent at the house.

Faculty Director
For further information about this program, please contact: The Program Director: Dr. Blanca Ramos

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The Office of Education Abroad