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Sea Turtle Conservation & Environmental Research in Mexico and Central America
Open to undergraduate and graduate students of all majors for SDSU credit!
The Science Exchange is a non-profit organization that creates affordable, customized internships for undergraduate and graduate students interested in scientific and environmental research. Interns work in a real-world research setting, collect data in the field for school projects or theses, and immerse themselves in the local culture. The Science Exchange will work to meet your needs and interests. Internships can range in length and cost from $2500 - $5000; recent interns have spent two months doing sea turtle data collection on the Baja California peninsula, the Yucatan Peninsula, and the mainland Mexican coast. Additional field sites and a range of scientific and environmental education projects are available in the Caribbean, Central America, and Brazil.
For more information:
Phone: 619-519-9876. Toll Free from USA 1-877-519-9876
- 300-400 hours of work (6 units of credit if taken through Latin American Studies).
- Advanced or advanced intermediate level of Spanish. You must be conversational. Fluency preferred.
- Cultural sensitivity (recommended).
- Must purchase international health insurance.
- Must sign liability forms.
Pro-Salud offers a variety of physical and mental health care services in both individual and group settings. Their primary focus is young people (approximately 12-29 years old), but they offer services to the entire Tijuana community. They have partnered with Planned Parenthood of San Diego and Riverside Counties, and are particularly active in the areas of sex-ed, reproductive health services, and adolescent sexuality. They have a modern clinic with ample space for conferences and discussion groups, and they work with businesses (maquiladoras), schools, and community groups.
This internship will provide 16-20 hours of formal training in an area of interest (please visit the website) and in return, you are expected to make a substantial time commitment. You will be working with university students, recently graduated MDs, and health promotores. It is a lot of hours, but you will be given training and a chance to do significant work in Mexico.
For any additional information or questions, please contact Daniela Kelly at 619-594-1103 or at email@example.com
Culture & Society of Tijuana (LATAM 320)
Mexican dance, art, music, cuisine, politics, tourism industry, education, and other facets of daily life through visits to selected venues.
Completion of the General Education requirement in Foundations of Learning II.B., Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Mexican-US Border from a Latin American Perspective (LATAM 550)
Multidisciplinary analysis of Mexican-US border region.
Six upper division units with Latin American content. Spanish proficiency.
See the SDSU Class Schedule for a list of current courses offered.
Other Universities *
San Diego State University allows students to take up to nine units outside the University. Cooperative agreements with two universities in Tijuana, Mexico, allow SDSU students to experience a Master’s level academic environment in respected Mexican universities. Both campuses are less than an hour from SDSU.
Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC)
The Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC) is located in Tijuana on Otay Mesa, about 30 minutes from SDSU and less than 10 minutes from the Otay Mesa border crossing. UABC is a large public university, with campuses in Tijuana, Ensenada, Tecate, and Mexicali. It has a variety of undergraduate and Master’s programs, including History, Economics, Business, and more. It is currently expanding its Ph.D. programs into Economics and other fields.
El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF)
El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF) is located in Tijuana on the toll road to Las Playas de Rosarito, approximately 45 minutes from SDSU and about 20 minutes from the San Ysidro border crossing. COLEF is a prestigious Mexican research institute, with graduate programs in Economics, Urban Development, Demography, and a handful of other social sciences. COLEF has no undergraduate programs.
SDSU and UABC are currently in the process of articulating courses and standardizing the procedures for students to take classes on each other’s campuses. In the meantime, it is possible to make arrangements to take classes at either UABC or COLEF on an ad hoc basis. No extra fees are required, but interested students should consult the graduate advisor for additional information about procedures.
Please be aware that your Spanish language proficiency should be relatively advanced before you attempt to take a Master’s level class in Mexico.
*Due to a temporary CSU policy, this program is currently open only to students who retain residency in Tijuana. Please check with us regarding its re-opening to all students.