Mexican Studies and Spanish Immersion in Querétaro
This program is designed for you to learn Spanish language through immersion. You can take intermediate or advanced Spanish, as well as courses on Mexican history, literature, and culture. You will study in the Spanish Department (Facultad de Lenguas y Letras) of the local public university: Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro (UAQ). As part of the immersive experience, you will live with a Mexican host family and have the chance to interact with Mexican students on campus. Querétaro is a beautiful colonial city located in the heart of central Mexico. Its historic city center is recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site. With a population of approximately 900,000, Querétaro is a medium-sized city known especially for its excellent universities, growing economy, safety, and cleanliness.
In this semester program you will study and practice photojournalism and documentary filmmaking/storytelling using the diverse people and places of London as your subjects. You will learn photography and filmmaking technique, aesthetics principles and applications, and visual storytelling from an award winning master professor, photographer and filmmaker in the field. The stories you create will focus on experiences during your time in London, those of distinguished US expats living in London, and those of guest presenters including distinguished British photographers and filmmakers.
You will learn about British film history and attend the prestigious BFI (British Film Institute) London Film Festival, where more than 300 films, documentaries, and shorts are screened from around the world. You do not need to be an expert in filming or in a film-centered disciplines. Instead you should want to learn more about documentaries and documentary “literacy” that you encounter in daily life.
This 7-week summer program is ideal for those interested in Spanish, Latin American Studies, Ethnic Studies, History, International Studies, Anthropology, Food Studies, Family Human Services, and Environmental Studies. Learn about the ways in which globalization and NAFTA have affected agriculture, subsistence and food production, land ownership, human rights, and indigenous autonomy among Maya communities in San Cristóbal de las Casas and its surrounding areas. The courses offered will provide historical and cultural context to better understand contemporary Chiapas. You will then have the opportunity to engage with the local community by collaborating with Mexican students on a service learning project. The program will be hosted by the Instituto de Lenguas Jovel and its Director Helga Loebell.