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  • Locations: Loreto, Mexico
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Credit Type: Resident Credit Program Type: Department-Led Program
SDSU Office: Professional Studies and Fine Arts
Program Description:
Sustainable Development and Conservation in Baja California Sur
Cabo San Lucas, La Paz and Loreto, Baja California, Mexico
Arrive: June 16 , 2018
Depart: June 29, 2018

April 21, 2018

$2,534 (estimate, see below)

Location: PSFA 200 (stop by anytime during the hours listed)
  • Friday, February 16, 12- 2 PM 
  • Monday, February 26, 11 AM- 1 PM
  • Thursday, March 1, 12 to 2 PM
  • Required Pre-departure Meeting with Faculty Leader, Dr. Vinod Sasidharan: Saturday, April 21, 2018,  2-3 PM, Room PSFA 300.

Students will participate in research-based service learning that examines civic problems at the local level through carefully constructed experiences.  Through hands-on learning and community interactions, students will have the opportunity to make interconnections with local residents and interdisciplinary perspectives, and derive solutions that are socially just, culturally appropriate and feasible.  Students will be in Los Cabos, La Paz and Loreto, Baja California. 

GEN S 480: Engaged Citizenship and Social Responsibility
General Education IV.  Explorations in Social and Behavioral Sciences and Cultural Diversity requirement.
3 units of SDSU Resident Credit 
Cabo San Lucas, La Paz and Loreto, Baja California, Mexico
 ACTIVITIES (subject to change, see syllabus for a detailed itinerary with activities)
  • Welcome to the community of Los Cabos, La Paz and UABCS in Cabo San Lucas
  • Tour of Estero San Jose and Cabo San Lucas Bay
  • Tour of Cabo Pulmo
  • Tour of La Paz
  • Tour of Isla Espiritu Santo and Balandra NPA
  • Tour of Loreto Bay

Students will stay in hotels in Cabo San Lucka, La Paz and Loreto, Baja California, double occupancy.  Students will be responsible for their own meals. 
Dr. Vinod Sasidharan is the Program Coordinator of the Recreation and Tourism Management Program at San Diego State University. His teaching interests include global tourism trends, sustainable tourism, geotourism, ecotourism, cultural tourism, grassroots tourism development, and cross-cultural analysis of tourism, and recreation behaviors. Currently, he teaches Recreational Travel and Tourism Management, Tourism Planning, and Cross-Cultural Perspectives of Tourism.
Vinod’s research addresses the concept of sustainable development in relation to the use of tourism and recreation resources from a multidisciplinary perspective, with emphasis on examining these issues within the context of future trends. His research focuses on the examination of socio demographic trends (such as multiculturalism, aging population) and environmental changes (especially, global climate change) and their implications for the management of parks and recreation areas in the urban-wildland interface. Additionally, his research interests also include the evaluation and implementation of grass-roots tourism initiatives, involving local community participation in planning and decision making for sustainable tourism development at the destination level. His research has been funded/supported by federal agencies including the U.S.D.A Forest Service, U.S.D.I. National Park Service, U.S. Peace Corps., nationally-renowned philanthropic agencies such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and local agencies such as the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.
Program cost: $2,534
  • Program fee paid to UABCS: $1,652
  • Tuition paid to SDSU: $822
  • SDSU Foreign Travel Insurance Plan: $60
2018 Payment Schedule (instructions will be sent to students that have applied and been accepted into the program.)
  • May 1: $652 deposit due to UABCS (non-refundable) 
  • June 4-8 Tuition due with course registration paid to SDSU-CES
  • May 7: $75 SDSU Foreign Travel Insurance Plan. 
  • May 16: $1,000 final payment due to UABCS. 
Withdrawal Policy
If you intend to withdraw from the program you must notify the SDSU Office of International in writing. Email notification is acceptable:
Refund Policies
  • Program fees paid to UABCS: cancellations/refunds will not be permitted after May 1, 2018
  • Refunds for course tuition follow the College of Extended Studies (CES) standard refund policy.  
  • SDSU Foreign Travel Insurance is non-refundable after April 25
Included in the Program Cost
  • Three units of SDSU resident credit
  • Housing and most meals
  • Activities as listed above
  • All in-country transportation (including domestic flight within Ecuador and excursions)
  • Group airport pickup and drop off
  • SDSU Travel Medical & Repatriation Insurance
  • 24/7 onsite emergency services and support
Not included in the fee
  • International airfare
  • Passport, visa, vaccination expenses
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional activities during free time
  • Wire transfer fees incurred for payment to UABCS
Funding and Scholarship Information 
  • Apply for the SDSU Associated Students Study Abroad Scholarship  Deadline: Feb 23, 2018 at 3:00 pm
  • Additional scholarship information
  • IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants- SDSU is a Commitment Partner of IIE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative and, as such, our students qualify for the IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants. You could be eligible to receive $2,000 to support your study abroad travel costs! Visit the IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants website to learn more about the opportunity and program, including eligibility and deadlines/timeline. Submit your online application by March 7, 2018 for summer 2018 study abroad programs. Send questions to On the application please list Colleen Conniff <> as the SDSU financial aid contact.

Participants will need a passport valid for 6 months past the entry date.
SDSU Passport Office

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Open to SDSU students
  • SDSU students cannot be on academic probation (less than 2.0 GPA) or disciplinary probation (expulsion, judicial, or suspension) at the time of application and/or at the time of course registration.
  • Minimum age to participate is 18
  • After applying and being accepted into the program, all participants must complete BOTH a mandatory online pre-departure orientation as well as a program-specific orientation(s) with their faculty leader(s) prior to departure. Details about both will be sent after acceptance into the program.
        Required Pre-departure Meeting with Faculty Leader, Dr. Vinod Sasidharan: Required Pre-departure Meeting with Faculty Leader, Dr. Vinod Sasidharan:               Saturday, April 21, 2018,  2-3 PM, Room PSFA 300.

This Aztecs Abroad online application must be completed by March 15, 2018
 Applicants should contact the course instructor prior to submitting and application.

Vinod Sasidharan, Ph.D. <>
Associate Professor, Sustainable Tourism Management
L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Director of Service Learning
Division of Academic Engagement & Student Achievement

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.