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Study Abroad

Sociology Study Abroad 2013
Summer Session #2

Application Deadline April 1, 2013

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Puebla Mexico

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Puebla is one of Mexico's best-preserved Spanish Colonial city. Nestled in the middle of Mexico, under the imposing view of the Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes, Puebla was founded in 1532. It is pedestrian friendly and easy to explore on foot. And perfect for the student to explore sociology in a safe and fascinating destination. Students and Faculty will all stay at the same historic, family-run hotel, and have all meals together. Class sessions will be held in the Roof-top classroom at the hotel each morning. Students will then have the afternoons to explore Puebla with their cameras collecting their visual data. In the evening, we will gather for image review of the days field work. Students will get frequent feedback and have the opportunity to work closely with faculty. Course sessions will include a lively combination of informal lectures, demonstrations, structured observational exercises, field trips, and image reviews, critiques and discussions. A key activity will be the step-by-step development of an individual visual project.


SOC 3388/6397: Visual Sociology (Professor Karner) Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: SOC 1300 or consent of instructor. Uses of still or moving images as a means to collect social data, enhance interviews, and disseminate findings

SOC 3397/6397: Sociology of Mexico (Professor Salinas) Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: SOC 1300 or consent of instructor. Examination of the major Mexican social institution in both a contemporary and traditional setting.

Courses will be taught as hybrids with the first half of the course taught online, and the field component taught in Puebla, Mexico (16-23 June, 2013), then return to Houston to complete your final projects.

Program Costs:

Program Fee: $700 per student (based on a group size of 12--price could vary based on enrollment)

Fee includes: double occupancy in family-run hotel two blocks from main Zocalo, all meals, transportation between airport and the hotel, local tours, entry fees. (Single rooms available for an additional fee of $140.)

Not Included in the fee: Tuition, airfare, insurances, passport/visa expenses, and personal and misc. expenses.

Note: Study Abroad courses qualify for a discount on UH fees of $250 for 3 cr hrs; $500 for 6 cr hrs. Students are encouraged to enroll for both courses.


Scholarships for UH students available here Deadline: March 1, 2013
Sociology Scholarships available here Deadline: April 15, 2013

Non-UH students will NOT have to pay tuition for course credit to the University of Houston. They pay only the program fee and other non-program costs (like airfare, passport, etc). UH has only nominal registration and transcript fees for non-UH students to get study abroad credit applicable to their home institutions. Contact Ms. Parul Fernandes, for more information.

Calendar & Payment Schedule:

March 1, 2013 Deadline for UH Study Abroad IEFS Scholarships
April 1, 2013 Program Application due
April 15, 2013 Deadline for Sociology Study Abroad Scholarships
April 15, 2013 Program Fee due
April 26, 2013 Airfare purchase due (not included in package)
June 3, 2013 First day of class, orientation meeting on campus
June 16, 2013 Leave for Puebla
June 23, 2013 Return to Houston
July 1, 2013 Final Projects due

For more information about the program, contact:

Professor Xavia Karner
Sociology Department Chair
495 PGH