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Special Programs

Special Programs are programs graduate students can participate in to fulfill course requirements for their degree.


Mexican Migration Field Research Program (MMFRP)

Latin American Studies MA students can participate in an in-depth, hands-on research experience through the Mexican Migration Field Research Program (MMFRP). Call for applications will be sent out in Spring for the following year.


•       LATI 222A  (fall – 4 units): Field Research Methods for Migration Studies: Seminar (4)

•       LATI 222B (winter – 12 units): Field Research Methods for Migration Studies: Practicum (12)

•       LATI 222C  (spring – 4 units): Field Research Methods for Migration Studies: Data Analysis (4)

Participation in all three quarters is mandatory, although exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Spanish proficiency is highly recommended. Students will work in binational teams with partners at the Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF) and the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California (UABC). 

*Courses can be upgraded to LATI 298: Directed Reading and can be counted as part of the elective courses for Latin American Studies MA degree.

Scholarships are available to cover travel and other expenses during fieldwork. For detailed information about the program's conditions and requirements, interested students should seek orientation from the Latin American Studies Student Affairs Coordinator. 

MMFRP 2019-2020

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USMEX Releases Preliminary Findings of Binational Education Study (2016)

UCSD-SDSU Graduate Exchange Program

In 1985 the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University formed a Latin American Studies Consortium and were funded as one of the twelve Title VI National Resource Centers for Latin America in the United States.

In 1993, as part of the consortium a collaborative graduate student exchange program was implemented. The purpose of the exchange program is to expand the curriculum available to graduate students of Latin American Studies.

Pleast note that this is not a joint degree. Students may take courses as guests of the Host campus which are transferred back to their Home campus and applied toward their own Master's program. While on the Host campus, students are subject to all the policies (such as add/drop/grading, etc.) of that campus.

Learn more about the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at SDSU.

Approval Process

Graduate students must notify the Home Latin American Studies Program of their intentions to participate in the exchange program. Only students with graduate status and in good standing are eligible. They must complete the Graduate Student Exchange Form and obtain the required signatures before submitting it to the the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) for final approval.  

The form must be submitted at least three weeks prior to the beginning of the term--either UCSD or SDSU, whichever occurs first; remember that the two universities are on different schedules! The student will pay fees at the Home Campus (UCSD) and is not eligible for any services or privileges on the Host Campus (SDSU).

Students must enroll for one course per term at the Host institution (UCSD) and must maintain their full time status through a combination of the courses taken at UCSD and SDSU. Courses will count approximately one for one toward the Master's requirements although the credits computed will be different. ;Courses taken at SDSU are subject to petition if it is to be used for the program. Please visit the FAQ for information on petitions.