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Puebla, Mexico

NOTE: This course is currently pending approval.  The application will be available when the course has been approved.

Complex Social Welfare Issues: The Case of Unaccompanied Minors in the U.S.

Puebla, Mexico


Program Summary:

  • Dates of Course: January 5 - 16, 2015
  • Location: Puebla, Mexico
  • Housing: Students will live with Mexican families carefully selected by the program staff. Meals (breakfast and dinner) are provided by the host family.
  • Total Credits: 3 credits
  • Available for: Master's of Social Work, Master's of Public or Global Health, and related professions

Academic Details/Program Curriculum:

  • This course provides students the opportunity to examine the complex and urgent social welfare issue of unaccompanied minors in the US. In recent months, the United States has experienced a surge in the number of unaccompanied adolescents from Central America arriving at the Southwest Border. The majority of unaccompanied minors are traveling from the Central American countries of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, and converging in Mexico, specifically in the state of Puebla.

Program Faculty:

Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, PhD, MPH, LCSW, Professor and Mexican Exchange Program Director

Armando Garcia Yanez, MBA, UPAEP

Jane Lee, MSW, BA


  • Tuition and Fees: Graduate tuition and fees: 3 Credits: $3,3939 (estimate), paid to the Bursar.  Continuing Education non-credit rate 2/3 of graduate tuition less fees $2,232, paid to the Office of Global and Lifelong Learning.
  • Program activities fees and personal expenses: $500-$1,000 (estimated)
  • Housing: $600 (Residence arranged by staff. Students housed with local families)
  • Other: Estimated airfare: $750 based on flights from New York and subject to change based on booking dates.

Global Program Application and Registration Process

All students wishing to participate in the Puebla global course must complete the application on this page. The application will be reviewed by the course director and instructor(s). Students will be notified of their application decision by the Office of Global and Lifelong Learning. Upon notification, each student is required to submit a non-refundable deposit of $150 within two weeks to hold his or her place in the course. The remainder of the housing and insurance balance due from the student must be paid by the date outlined in the acceptance letter.

Students do not self-register for global courses offered by NYU Silver. All students admitted to the course will be enrolled by the Office of Global and Lifelong Learning and the Registrar.

For General Inquiries Contact

Eileen Wolkstein, PhD
Director, Global and Lifelong Learning

Stephanie Kaplan
Coordinator, Office of Global and Lifelong Learning

For Course Content Inquiries Contact

Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, PhD
Professor of Social Work