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|Program Type:||Travel Course||Language of Instruction:||English|
|Language Requirement:||None||Housing Options:||Host Family/Homestay|
|Number of Credits:||2-3||Faculty Leader(s):||Christine Vandenhouten|
This program is open to all students, regardless or location. For cost information, please see budget sheet.
Cuernavaca is the capital and largest city of the state of Morelos. Although home to more than 300,000 people, Cuernavaca exudes a small-town feel. Appreciated for history, striking scenery, vibrant life, and an eternally spring climate, Cuernavaca is an ideal place to learn.
This course may be taken for either 2 or 3 credits. All students will earn 2 credits when they complete the 2 week course in Mexico along with associated assignments. Students registering for 3 credits will complete an additional assignment/project tying the content learned to services/programs offered to Latinos in their home community
This unique program is structured to provide you with a rich introduction to Mexico, its culture, language and people. Separate tracks have also been created for you to study Education, Business, Social Work, Nutrition Science, or Nursing and Healthcare topics in depth. Mornings will be filled with small group Spanish Language instruction (all levels), while afternoons will filled with excursions and lectures specific to your interest.
Nursing and Healthcare Track
This course is intended to expose students to the rich traditions of the Mexican culture including participation in a total Spanish language immersion with special emphasis on heatlh care practices and settings. Students will explore the current healthcare system while learning of the services provided by western and traditional healers. Special emphasis will be placed on comparing the Mexican healthcare system to the United States healthcare system.
Students will participate in the Spanish Language Institute (SLI) total immersion program. The language classes are tailored to the language proficiency of each student from those first introduced to the language through fluent Spanish speakers. There is no language prerequisite for this course.
This travel course has the following learning outcomes:
1) To provide a rich introduction to Mexico, its culture, language, and people
2) To study Spanish at the Spanish Language Institute (SLI) in Cuernavaca
3) Compare and contrast Mexican and U.S healthcare practices and systems and recognize implications for Mexican immigrants participation in the U.S. healthcare system
The language classes at SLI are tailored to level of language proficiency and range from students who are being first introduced to the language through students who are fluent in Spanish. There is no language prerequisite for this course.
NURS 499 fulfills the World Cultural Requirement, an upper-level nursing elective, or may be applied toward credit for NUR 445 Community Health Practicum. Contact Dr. Vandenhouten (firstname.lastname@example.org) or a nursing advisor with questions.
Participants will be placed with a host family. Most meals are provided by the host family and are included in the housing fees. Homestay living provides students the opportunity to enhance conversational language skills while experiencing Mexican family life.
As this is an immersion experience, the English language skills of host families will vary. We will do our best to place students with no Spanish skills in a home where the host has some English skills.
Students will be transported to and from school by their host families. Students may be responsible for some transportation costs (ex. taxi fare from excursions).