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  • Locations: Oaxaca City, Mexico
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Credit Type: Resident Credit Program Type: Department-Led Program
SDSU Office: Arts and Letters
Program Description:
Mixtec Language and Culture Immersion
 Oaxaca City Mixtec
Application opens Spring 2019. Add yourself to the inquiry list.

Summer 2018
Course Dates: June 14 – August 20, 2019
In-Country Dates: June 16 – July 26, 2019
Price: TBD

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This program offered through the SDSU College of Arts & Letters International Programs and the Center for Latin American Studies.
April 1, 2019 (extension possible)
Application is open to SDSU students and non-students

Mixtec is an indigenous language of Mexico spoken by people living in the states of Oaxaca, Guerrero, and Puebla, many of whom have migrated and established communities throughout northern Mexico and the United States.  The Center for Latin America Studies is offering a Mixtec summer language course. Language instruction is provided by native Mixtec speaker and scholar Juan Julian Caballero and Marcos Cruz Bautista through the Welte Institute in Oaxaca City. The course offers 140 hours of instruction over a six-week period. Intermediate Spanish proficiency is required to participate.
This program is designed to provide students with a deeper understanding of the interface between Mixtec culture and the broader mestizo culture of Oaxaca, grassroots movements to preserve Mixtec culture both within Oaxaca and among Mixtec communities in the US, and other such topics that will provide a foundation for understanding Mixtec language and culture.
*Important: Credits earned in the Mixtec summer program can be used towards satisfying SDSU foreign language requirements.

COURSE (Name and title)
LATAM 110: Elementary Mixtec I (4 units)
LATAM 111: Elementary Mixtec II (4 units)
LATAM 210: Intermediate Mixtec I (4 units) ** Students interested in taking LATAM 210 should contact Tyler Linvill at to confirm program availability.

All units are SDSU resident credit.

Oaxaca City, Mexico and rural Mixteca communities
 ACTIVITIES (subject to change)
  • Walking field trips to local markets
  • Various day trips to nearby indigenous communities
  • Overnight trip to Mixteca communities
Students will be responsible for all housing and meal costs. Oaxaca's rich cultural diversity is evident through the wide variety of food available in the city. Students will also be responsible for their own living arrangement while in Oaxaca city. If they would like, the Study Abroad Coordinator can assist students in booking a room at the Casa Arnel hotel. Casa Arnel is a small family-run hotel in the Jalatlaco neighborhood of Oaxaca City.


Perez, Ramona-Program Director
Dr. Ramona Perez
Professor of Anthropology
Director, Center for Latin American Studies
Dr. Perez’s research focuses on youth identity and empowerment among transnational, Mexican and Central American migrant youth; food, nutrition, and health among marginalized populations; ethnic marginalization and the state; rural to urban community growth; the political economy of tourism in Oaxaca; and the gendered and moral nature of community economies in Mexico. Her current work spans the US/Mexico border, southern Mexico, Nicaragua, and Brazil. She conducts a summer qualitative research field school, directs internship opportunities for graduate students in the border region and throughout Latin America, and coordinates the Mixtec and Zapotec language programs at SDSU.

Juan Julian Caballero
Language instruction is provided by native Mixtec speaker and scholar Juan Julian Caballero and Marcos Cruz Bautista through the Welte Institute in Oaxaca City.

Price: TBD
2018 Payment Schedule (instructions will be sent to students that have applied and been accepted into the program.)
  • TBD

Withdrawal Policy
If you intend to withdraw from the program you must notify the SDSU Office of International Programs in writing. Email notification is acceptable: 
Refund Policies
  • Refund policy for program fee paid to Southwest Center:
    • 100% of the program fee is refundable up to May 1
    • 50% of the program fee is non-refundable for withdrawals after May 1
    • No refunds will be issued for withdrawals on or after May 15, 2019 
  • Refunds for course tuition follow the College of Extended Studies (CES) standard refund policy.  
  • SDSU Foreign Travel Insurance is non-refundable after May 25
Included in the Program Cost
  • Four units of SDSU Resident Credit
  • Program activities (see above)
  • Transportation to group activities on itinerary
  • Class materials
  • SDSU Foreign Travel Insurance
  • 24/7 onsite emergency services and support
Not included in the fee
  • International airfare
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Some in-country transportation
  • All meals and housing costs
  • Personal expenses
Students should allocate between $1,800-$2,000 for housing, meals and optional personal expenses, which are not included in the program fee.

Funding and Scholarship Information 
AS Study Abroad Scholarship (Fall Cycle) - Deadline: Sept. 28, 2019

AS Study Abroad Scholarship (Spring Cycle) - Application opens Nov. 1, 2018; deadline Feb. 23, 2019

This program meets all of the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships Program (FLAS) criteria. Students are encouraged to apply from any FLAS awarding institutions that support indigenous languages. (Non-SDSU students)
Tinker Foundation Field Research Grant
Tinker grants fund the travel and partial logistic costs of graduate students who are doing preliminary research in Latin America and who are pursuing or intend to pursue a Ph.D. The objective of this grant is to provide students with the opportunity to immerse themselves into their perspective fields and attain language knowledge, cultural background, initiate research contacts, network with institutions and possible informants and/or research subjects, and gather preliminary research data.
2019 Application Available Spring 2019

IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants- San Diego State 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. This means YOU – yes 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. 
2019 Application Available Soon.
Additional scholarship information

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

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (undergraduate) and 3.5 (graduate) or permission of the Program Director, Dr. Ramona Perez.
  • All applications must attend an info session or meet with the CLAS study abroad advisor, Ricardo Betancourt in order to be eligible for this program. Contact information can be found below.
  • Open to undergraduates, graduates, professors and independent scholarship, as well as professionals working with Mixteca communities
  • Spanish fluency highly recommended; all Mixtec language classes are taught through Spanish language
  • 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
All participants must complete BOTH a mandatory online pre-departure as well as an in-person orientation on campus. Non-SDSU may participate in the campus orientation remotely via a Zoom web conference. Details about both will be sent after acceptance into the program.
Application deadline: April 1, 2019

Required materials:
Applicants must complete the Aztecs Abroad online application by the above deadline, along with the following supplemental materials:
  • 500-700 word essay that elaborates on the candidate’s interest in participating in the Mixtec Language and Culture Immersion program.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Recommendation – Professor providing recommendation should email recommendation letter to by application deadline.
  • Non-SDSU only - Unofficial transcript
Application instructions available Spring 2019.

Ricardo Betancourt
Study Abroad Coordinator
Center for Latin American Studies

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.