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  • Locations: Merida, Mexico
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Budget Sheets: Winter
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2020 10/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 01/05/2020 01/17/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Lloyd Pearson
Language of Instruction:
Minimum G.P.A.:
Good Academic Standing
Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
Faculty Led
Program Director:
Rebecca Davis
Program Description:
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The Program
2017 Student Videos
Click below to watch students' video reflections of their time studying abroad in Mexico!
  • Learn about community-based social work practices that help meet the needs of vulnerable and underserved populations in the Yucatán, Mexico.
  • Hear from professional social workers and professors about the challenges and benefits of community-based approaches to empowerment and development.
  • Engage with social workers and clients in a variety of health and social welfare settings.
Your Host Country: Mérida, Mexico
The tranquil, colonial city of Mérida is a wonderful blend of Mayan, Hispanic, and modern-day Mexican cultures--not to mention colorful birds, wily geckos, and bejeweled beetles. Merida is the capital of the Yucatán, and home to the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, which will host this program.  Mérida also has a vivid cultural life of theater, dance, music, street festivals, sports, and folklore.

Faculty Director Profiles:
Rebecca Davis
Dr. Davis is a professor in the School of Social Work, and also directs the School’s Office of Global Programs.  Her focus on international social work began with a Fulbright to teach social work practices in Romania, where she resided for a decade engaged in child welfare reform before serving as a consultant and project manager for various NGOs and social welfare organizations.  In addition to her specialization in Central and Eastern Europe, her research in international and comparative social work and development takes her to countries in Africa and East Asia.

V. DuWayne Battle
Dr. Battle is an Associate Professor of Teaching and the Director of the Baccalaureate Social Work program at the Rutgers School of Social Work.  Dr. Battle is the primary lead teacher for the Diversity and Oppression and Introduction to Social Work and Social Services courses.  He has published in the area of diversity and social justice, as well as religion and spirituality. His international experience includes travel to six continents, where he has worked on academic and faith-based initiatives with a number of organizations.

To view the syllabus for this program, please click here. Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.

This course provides students with the historical and current information on vulnerable populations in the Yucatán and the education and practice of social work in Mexico.  The course of study and service learning will emphasize knowledge and skill-building in community engagement and development that is specific to social work practice in Mexico, specifically, and Latin America, more broadly.  Community development and empowerment for addressing discrimination and oppression is a special strength of social work in Spanish-speaking countries in contrast to US models that emphasize more individualistic approaches to problem-solving. Comparative research on the efficacy of different models will be explored. Lectures from Social Work faculty at UADY, field visits and international service learning opportunities will engage students directly with clients, faculty, students and practitioners in public and private social services agencies, local traditional healers and religious community groups. 

For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Visits to sites of cultural and ecological relevance will be incorporated into the program itinerary to give students an introduction to the unique cultural and biological landscape of the Yucatán.  Planned excursions include the ancient Mayan city of Uxmal and the Celestún Biosphere Reserve.

Accommodations and Meals
Students will be hosted at the Hotel El Castellano in double rooms. Group lunches will be provided for all participants during the two excursions; students will be responsible for purchasing the remainder of their meals in country during the program.

Financial Information

Proper financial planning is crucial as winter financial aid does not exist like it does for Fall, Spring or Summer. 
If planned properly students might apply for additional loans (federal or private) during the fall semester; possibly generating a refund check that you would use to pay the winter term bill. We advise you to talk to Financial Aid and our office about this process. We also suggest students attend one of our online financial advising sessions ASAP. Online advising sessions occur throughout the academic semester. Dates and registration information are available here:

There are limited winter scholarships available and are not guaranteed to all who apply. However we ask that you aren't discourage by this information.
With proper financial planning most students are able to fund their winter study abroad experience!
For more information about the Program Cost and additional Non-Billable Expenses for this program, please view the program budget sheet.

For more information about finances, including information about financial aid and tuition remission please visit the Finances section of our website.

As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers study abroad withdrawal policy.

Students are encouraged to start researching scholarship opportunities as early as possible. The winter term sees fewer scholarship opportunities outside of the Rutgers Global--Study Abroad scholarship and/or any opportunities through academic departments (if applicable). To get a sense of what scholarships are available for your program, please visit our Scholarship Directory for a comprehensive list of study abroad scholarships.