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  • Locations: Guanajuato, Mexico; San Miguel De Allende, Mexico
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Cost Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description


BA Mural

Quick Facts

· June 26 to July 30, 2020 for 6 credits

· Study in the beautiful colonial-era UNESCO World Heritage city of San Miguel De Allende, Mexico

· Direct field experience of local cooperative economies and justice projects in partnership with the Center for Global Justice (CGJ)

· Overnight stays: via Organica farm, CEDESA cooperative, Guanajuato

· Academic visits: sites of Mexican Independence, the Allende Museum, the Siqueiros mural, Bellas Artes, artisan markets, youth murals, GAIA eco-village, a women’s weaving cooperative

· Day trips to the hot springs, a full moon ceremony, a Nature Preserve, a Pre-Hispanic archeological site, and Atotonilco sanctuary.

· Local galleries, art schools, theatres, international music festivals

· Apply early! Space is limited.

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information.
Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


San Miguel
Via Organica
Via Organica

Location Details

Renowned for its stunning beauty and radiant light, San Miguel is a colonial-era city, an historic epicenter of the Mexican War of Independence, and a contemporary artist colony. Its rich historical and artistic sites include the Allende Museum, the House of Conspiracies, the Instituto and Bellas Artes art schools, and the Siqueiros mural. Lined with cobblestone streets, art galleries, and neo-Gothic and Baroque churches, San Miguel is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was voted the World’s Best City by Travel and Leisure.

A colonial silver-mining town, Guanajuato is known for its magical atmosphere, colorful houses, and narrow winding streets. It is home to the University of Guanajuato and a rich youth culture. A UNESCO site and state capital, Guanajuato’s riches include the Pípila monument, the Alhóndiga de Granaditas (where revolutionary heads hung), the Museum of the Mummies (the cholera pandemic), a robust food culture, a Diego Rivera Museum, and a funicular up to spectacular panoramic views.


Located in the Jalpa Valley, 10 miles outside San Miguel, vía Orgánica runs on principles of organic and regenerative agriculture, livestock management, landscape restoration and agri-food systems. Its educational complex offers accommodations in adobe buildings with solar energy and organic meals. The farm is irrigated through a rainwater harvesting system.

Located 35 miles north of San Miguel, CEDESA or the Center for Agricultural Development was founded in 1965 by a catholic priest and several nuns. Set in a rustic setting, CEDESA is a compesino or peasant farmer-led community that practices sustainable agriculture, cooperative mills, and an ecologically sound form of beekeeping. The community promotes health, serves organic food, and campaigns to solve water issues.



Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment a Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

Minimum GPA: 2.5


This course will train students in an interdisciplinary fashion to understand globalization in economic, racial, gendered, and cultural terms. By examining the particular dynamics of Mexico in a global setting, students will gain concrete understanding of the kinds of social, colonial, developmental, justice, and cultural issues that other countries and the U.S. also face, even if the circumstances vary in particulars. Students will acquire the comprehensive view, the skills, and the theoretical resources for expanding their study of any one of these social issues, their ability to assess U.S. political discourses and the impact of U.S. policies on other countries, or their capacity to study cultural or developmental issues in other parts of the world. Students will also gain field-experience and foster the skills requisite to interview people from multiple walks of life and social sectors. In addition to active participation in class meetings and on field trips, students will either write a final essay or develop an alternative multi-media project of equivalent substance and scope, as the instructors determine. The final project will focus on a subject they study over the course of the program. This project will integrate conceptual paradigms with local projects studied in Mexico (of an ecological, agricultural, gendered, youth-based, immigration-centered, artistic or cultural nature). Students will also complete short assignments of various kinds.

Students must enroll in two sections for a total of 6 credits

PHI 494: Special Topics - Mexico in the Global Age: Culture, Revolution, and Solidarity Economies (6 credits)

LAS 494: Special Topics - Mexico in the Global Age: Culture, Revolution, and Solidarity Economies (6 credits)

JHR 494: Special Topics - Mexico in the Global Age: Culture, Revolution, and Solidarity Economies (6 credits)
*The 45 credit hour prerequisite can be waived. If you need assistance with this, please contact the Faculty Lead for the program, Dr. Patricia Huntington.

MAS 494: Special Topics - Mexico in the Global Age: Culture, Revolution, and Solidarity Economies (6 credits)

JHR 598: Special Topics - Mexico in the Global Age: Culture, Revolution, and Solidarity Economies (6 credits)

MAS 598: Special Topics - Mexico in the Global Age: Culture, Revolution, and Solidarity Economies (6 credits)

La Gruta




Faculty Directors

Patricia Huntington
Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Director of the Philosophy, Rhetoric, and Literature Certificate
Barrett Honors Faculty
Division of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies
New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Office: FAB N 237 (West Campus)

Julie Amparano Garcia
Senior Lecturer
Writing Certificate Director
Barrett Honors Faculty
Division of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies
New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Office: FAB N 254 (West Campus)

Professor Patricia HuntingtonPatricia Huntington

Professor Julie AmparanoJulie Amparano Garcia


Quinta Hotel
Quinta Dining

Program Housing

Students will stay at the landmark Quinta Loreto Hotel, nestled in the Center of San Miguel, a flat walk of two blocks to the Center for Global Justice and four blocks to the main square (jardin). One of few affordable hotels in the city center, the Quinta takes one back to old world Mexican style with simple adornments, stucco walls, and wrought iron appointments. Located in a safe and secluded compound tucked behind the artisan market, the Quinta has a lush garden with a fountain and benches, a pool, and a restaurant that remains a favorite among locals with Mexican and international dishes. The dining hall has views of the garden with outdoor and indoor seating. It converts into a local meeting and social space after meals. The good-sized rooms have two beds, TV and wifi, private bathrooms, and ceiling fans. Reception is open 24 hours and staff are friendly. Students will also be able to hang out at the Center for Global Justice in the evening hours.


Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus. 

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States.For example, in Mexico, most public buildings are inaccessible and inconsistent inspection results in construction of new facilities that are not accessible. Public transportation for persons with disabilities is very limited.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. or example, in Mexico, conservative cultural ideals influence societal norms, making LGBTQIA identity expression cause for possible discrimination.  In general, the LGBTQIA community is acknowledged and is generally tolerated.

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity.  For example, in Mexico, some women travelers may experience harassment in the form of cat calling and other forms of objectification by local men. Students are encouraged to travel in groups and in mixed company whenever possible.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2020 is TBD.

Program Fee includes: ASU tuition for 6 credits, housing with WiFi, pick up at the León, Mexico airport, on-site orientation, some meals, academic field trips, program excursions, guest lectures, ASU faculty support and international health insurance.
Not included: passport fee and personal expenses.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program or optional activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program


Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.