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  • Locations: Tijuana, Mexico
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: SDSU applicants only
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Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate, 6-Non-Degree Seeking Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.00 Field of Study: Latin American Studies
Credit Type: Resident Credit Program Type: Trans-Border Course
SDSU Office: Arts and Letters
Program Description:
LATAM 550 US/Mexico Border from a Latin American Perspective
This course meets on Thursdays from 7 pm - 9:40 pm.
Fall 2018 anticipated field trips to Tijuana, Mexico: September: 6, 13, 20, 27; October: 4, 11, 18, 25; November: 1, 8, 15, 29; December: 6
In order to participate in this program you: 
  • Must be enrolled in LATAM 550 during the Fall 2018 semester
  • Communicate in Spanish (course is conducted in Spanish)
  • Be in possession of a valid passport book prior to the first travel day.
  • Complete this on-line application before traveling. Students should complete this application after they have registered for the course.
Program Overview 
Students participate in a course offered by the Center for Latin American Studies. The first and last class sessions meet on campus, while the rest of the sessions take the form of field trips to different locales in Tijuana. The class will include both theory and practice, supplemented by presentations from invited guests and experts in the subject matter. The field trips to Mexico (Tijuana) are vital for attaining an on-site perspective of the subjects examined in class. Students from any department may take this course. This course satisfies the international experience requirement for many majors. 

This course is taught by Professor Victor Clark-Alfaro, SDSU Center for Latin American Studies Lecturer and Founder of the Binational Center for Human Rights. Professor Clark-Alfaro is a human rights activist and advocate that has over 30 years of experience in the border region defending the most vulnerable and marginalized populations.

Location Description
Students visit some or all of the following sites in Tijuana:
Secretary of Tourism
Municipal Culture Institute
Cultural Arts Center
Rehabilitation Center
YMCA Migrant Shelter
US Consulate
US/Mexico border check station
Municipal Jail 
Tijuana City Hall
NGOs in Tijuana
Political Party headquarters
Mixtec community
Secretary of Transportation
Municipal Police headquarters
Others as the professor sees fit

Minimum Class Standing
Open to all 
Taught in Spanish
Pre-departure Orientation
Students will be given an orientation during the first class meeting on campus at SDSU. Students added to the class after the first meeting should contact the Administrative Coordinator at the Center for Latin American Studies prior to traveling to receive and review the orientation packet.

Student Expenses
Students pay normal SDSU tuition to enroll in the course. 
  • Participants will need a valid passport book prior to the first travel day.
  • Participants will automatically be enrolled in the SDSU Foreign Travel Insurance Program. Coverage is provided for designated travel days only.
  • The insurance policy is required for all students and costs $60. There are no exceptions for international students.
  • Students will be billed through their SDSU student account the month following the add/drop deadline.
  • Mexican FMM "tourist visa" (500 MXN Pesos - approximately $26 cash for the semester purchased at the border during the first crossing). 
  • Transportation in Tijuana to and from the field trip sites (approximately $2 per visit).
  • Students are responsible for arriving to the border. Options include the trolley $5 day pass, or private car: ~$7 for parking. 

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.