Virtual Program

The Autonomous University of Social Movements and the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM), one of Mexico’s most prestigious public universities, offer an innovative “virtual study abroad” program for Summer and January term. The program focuses on indigenous struggles in Mexico.

The program includes two complimentary classes on Mexican Social Movements and Mexican cultures of resistance. Professors are organizers/academics with years of firsthand experience in popular struggles in Mexico and the United States. Course work includes relevant readings,  lectures with Q&A , workshops and discussion based classes with social actors from student groups, the National Indigenous Congress, housing and labor cooperatives, and community based groups.

Program Dates 2022

J-term: Jan 3 – 28

Summer: Jun 6 – Jul 1

Program Cost:

$2,100 for full program (6 credits)

$1,239 for one class (3 credits)

Core Program:

The core program consists of two complimentary classes, and each class can be taken as a stand-alone. Class content is multi-disciplinary. Some classes are taught in English and some in Spanish, students will need at least an intermediate level Spanish to participate in the program. Credits can be earned either at the undergraduate or master’s level.

Mexican Social Movements

(375/575) | 3 credits

Offered for Jan 2022 | Summer 2022

Students learn about the Zapatista movement and the National Indigenous Congress (CNI), among the most dynamic and innovative social movements in Latin America:

  • Historical and ideological foundations of Zapatismo & the CNI
  • The national and international context within which Mexican social movements develop, with emphasis on political economy and indigenous reality in Mexico
  • The current-day manifestations and social actors involved in Zapatismo and the CNI
  • Potential roles for US activists in international solidarity work

Mexican Cultures of Resistance

(385/585) | 3 credits

Offered for Summer 2022

Students learn about Mexican cultural and social dynamics, with a particular emphasis on indigenous groups in resistance:

  • Historical context of modern Mexican revolutionary culture
  • Cultural foundations of social movements, with particular emphasis on indigenous movements
  • Cultural foundations and practices of indigenous resistance
  • Links between Mexican immigrants in the US and Mexican social movements

Classes may be appropriate to cover credits for Anthropology, Sociology, Spanish, Cultural Studies, Political Science or History, depending on the evaluation of academic advisors or the study abroad office at the student’s home institution

Application Process

The online application deadline for J-term – December 1st

The online application deadline for summer – May 1st


Intermediate level Spanish: Students will need at least an intermediate level of Spanish comprehension. Spanish is the dominant language in class discussions. Neither class would be appropriate for beginning level Spanish speakers.

Master’s level classes: Master’s level credits are available only to students that have completed an undergraduate degree.

Technology: Students need access to internet for Zoom connections. Students are also required to have a functional microphone and video camera.

What to expect from the application process:

After you submit the online application, we will contact you to complete the next steps:
• Reference Form: Ask two people (1 must be a professor, the other can be an activist, staff person, or professor) to email the completed Reference Form to us at studyabroad [at] ausm [dot] community
• Essay Responses: fill out and return to us at studyabroad [at] ausm [dot] community

After we receive your references and essay questions, we will set up an over-the-phone interview. If accepted into the program, you will be asked to complete the following steps:
• Confirmation of Participation: within two weeks of your official acceptance, you must send in the completed last page of this document and make a $200 non-refundable deposit to secure your place on the program
• Approval of Participation: You and your study abroad office, academic advisor, or the Registrar will complete to ensure credit transfer upon successful completion of the program.