This AIM Overseas program offered by University of La Salle is designed to give students a strong understanding of the complex issues around migration and immigration using the example of Mexico as a case study.
Over the course of 3 weeks students will study Mexico’s unique position as a key geographic pathway, where migration movements are from the southern border into Mexico, from the northern border into the US and also within Mexico.
The classes will examine the roles of the various stakeholders involved in migration issues both, at a domestic level by the Mexican federal government, local authorities, NGO’s and, at an international level by the Canadian and US governments. The program will delve into the various facets of immigration to analyse not only the economic, legal and political consequences, but also the social aspects and the human rights issues it raises.
The program will examine this environment and the various factors that influence regional mobility patterns, taking into consideration the historical background and the current situation, as viewed by key players and academics.
Additional Academic Information
Over the course of 36 academic contact hours, you will attend academic classes and guest lectures around the following topics:
- Overview of migration patterns throughout Mexican history
- Contemporary Mexican Society
- Introduction to economic, social and political issues of Mexico – US migration
- Transit migration: human rights and legal issues
- The Rio Grande, Mexico’s northern border and trans nationality issues
- Mexico- US Migration Management
- Human trafficking and migration
- Forced displacement
- Mexican agricultural workers; Internal migrants rights
- US Immigration Policy
- The gender perspective, role of women in migration
University and Faculty
Universidad La Salle (ULSA), founded in 1962, is a private institute for higher education with its main campus located in Mexico City. The university is amid Mexico’s top 7 private universities and ranked in the top three of various academic areas.
The course is taught by Professor Luis Demetrio Moreno in conjunction with a small number of guest lecturers. Luis Demetrio holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the Universidad Iberoamericana, an Master’s degree from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and is currently doing his PDH at UNAM.
Professional Site Visits and Cultural Activities
One of the true highlights of this phenomenal program is the array of in-depth professional and cultural activities that are included in the program.
Professional Site Visits
Over the course of 20 hours, students will be taken on site visits to social and community organisations such as:
- Community group that assist migrants
- Migrant Shelters
- Refugee centre
- Local NGO organisation
- A night walk, which simulates migrants try to cross the border between Mexico and the United States.
Over the duration of the program you will discover many of Mexico City’s most famous places, as well as some of the more intimate nooks and crannies of this vast, diverse city. La Salle’s tour guide, Arnaldo, is absolutely revered – described universally as ‘a walking book’. He is dynamic and engaging and not a detail is missed during his tours!
Some of the places you might visit are:
- Tour of the historical Downtown Center
- Pyramids of Teotihuacan, Plaza of the three Cultures and Basilica of Guadalupe
- Coyoacán, Frida Kahlo Museum
- Xochimilco and Dolores Olmedo Museum
- The Museum of Anthropology
- An overnight trip to Puebla
It is recommended that program participants looking to gain some understanding of the issues faced by Mexican and Central American trying to reach the US read Enrique’s journey by Sonia Nazario before attending the program.
This non-fiction book, based on a Pulitzer prize-winning series of articles in the Los Angeles Times, tells the story of a 17 year old boy from Honduras who wants to be reunited with his mother, who too poor to feed her children, left Honduras to work in the US 11 years earlier.
The book retraces the dangerous and illegal trek Enrique has to make up the length of Mexico – clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains – to reach his mother in the US.
You will be staying at Hotel Escandon, located only a few blocks away from the University campus. You will be sharing a double room with another AIM Overseas program participant. Each room has its own bathroom facilities. Breakfast is included, please note that it is customary in Mexico you will need to pay a small tip for the service.
Hear the experiences of other students on this program
“El tren!! La Bestia!!” I pick up a box of food bags and start running to the tracks. At this point I’m not sure if anyone else is coming until I turn around to see the rest of the group hot on my heels looking as bewildered as me. My heart is racing and I have only half and idea of what is actually happening. The train signals again. Some drivers slow down, some don’t. This one slowed, although its sheer size and momentum sends my heart racing again. The immigrants are at the rear of the train and the closer they get, the more real the danger of the journey becomes…”
- Ashleigh, Bachelor of International Relations & History. READ MORE
“Our next stop was the Templo Mayor, an ancient temple of the Aztec’s dedicated to two of their gods, Huitzilopochtli the god of war and Tlaloc the god of rain and agriculture. In Aztec times, sacrifices would occur here to please the gods, sometimes so many the stone steps would be soaked red. The ancient ruins and the museum adjacent were bustling with tourists and locals alike.” - READ MORE
“Standing at the top of Teotihuacan’s Pyramid of the Sun was one of the most surreal moments I have ever experienced. The ancient city of Teotihuacan is thousands of years old and has been home to many civilisations, and I, a girl from a small country town in southern Western Australia, am standing at the top of this monolithic pyramid looking down the Avenue of the Dead. I had never had a strong interest in Mexico, however I am pleasantly proved wrong as we explore this beautiful country.”
- Ashleigh, Bachelor of International Relations & History. READ MORE
Mexico is a country between the U.S. and Central America that is best known for its beautiful beaches of the Pacific and Gulf of Mexico and diverse landscape of mountains, deserts and jungles. Ancient Aztecs and Mayan ruins are scattered throughout the country, as are Spanish colonial-era towns. Mexico is loved for its coasts, jungles, volcanoes and cities, as well as its tasty food, spectacular ancient civilisations, inspired art and most importantly the charming, hospitable and loving people. Mexico is an endless adventure for many visitors because of its ten thousand kilometres of coastline, cactus-strewn deserts and wildlife-rich lagoons.
Located in the centre-south of Mexico, Mexico City is the densely populated, high- altitude capital of Mexico. It’s known for the Templo Mayor (a 13th century Aztec temple), cathedrals and the Palacio Nacional, which houses historic murals. Mexico’s pre-Hispanic civilisations built some of the world’s great archaeological monuments in this city, including Teotihuacán’s towering pyramids and the Pyramid of the Sun. The Spanish colonial era left beautiful towns full of tree-shaded plazas and richly sculpted stone churches and mansions, while modern Mexico has seen a surge of great art from the likes of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. Top-class museums and galleries document the country’s fascinating history and its endless creative verve. Popular culture is just as vibrant, from the underground dance clubs and street art of Mexico City to the wonderful handicrafts of the indigenous population.
Credit and Funding
All our programs are designed to count for credit as electives. However, it is up to your university to decide whether they will approve some credit for your participation in one of our programs. Normally it is a course convenor, Head of Department or program convenor who approves your credit.
Course convenors will not be able approve credit for a course unless you have a copy of the syllabus, so you should not visit your course convenor until you have received a copy of the course syllabus from AIM Overseas. You will receive this in your AIM Overseas acceptance pack, along with information about how to apply for credit at your university.
You might be able to obtain the $6000+ OS-HELP loan, as well as a scholarship from your university, when participating in an AIM Overseas program.
Our programs are designed so that eligible Australian students can access the OS-HELP scheme, which can provide funding of over $6,000 for international study experiences.
We give you detailed information about OS-HELP and how to apply for it in your Initial Consultation with us, as well as in your AIM Overseas acceptance pack.
Many Australian universities offer scholarships for their students to take part in overseas study programs. We will provide you information on scholarships that we are aware of at your university as part of your application/acceptance for a program. You can also check your university’s international office webpage to see what might be offered.
Applications are now open for this program. Early application is recommended as places are limited.
The steps to apply, and be accepted, for this program are as follows:
1. Apply online
2. You’ll be prompted to send us a copy of your full academic results
3. We’ll review your results and application and, if we believe you are likely to be accepted for the program, will invite you to an initial consultation by phone with an advisor.
4. You’ll pay our $55 application fee and book in your phone consultation with an advisor.
5. The phone consultation lasts about 15 minutes and we’ll cover detailed information with you about credit, funding, the program, your application and what happens next.
6. Once you return any necessary documents (which we’ll advise you of in the consultation), we’ll do a final review of your application. If all is in order, we’ll send you your AIM Overseas acceptance pack.
7. Your acceptance pack will contain the course syllabus, steps on applying for credit and funding, and an invoice for the program deposit. Your place is secured once you’ve paid your deposit.
Programs are usually over-subscribed, so it is really important that you take care of things as quickly as possible. We’re here to help and will provide you with information and reminders about what you need to do at various stages.
For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions. Alternatively, you are welcome to submit an enquiry or register your interest, meaning you’ll receive updates (via email and phone) prior to the application deadline.