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Puebla, Mexico

Mexican Immigrants and New York City: Understanding Puebla as a Focal Point of Origin

Puebla, Mexico


We hope to run this course again in 2015.

Program Summary:

  • Dates of Course: June 10 - July 30, 2014
  • 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: 6 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 impact of migration on issues of social welfare and public health in Puebla, Mexico; a state of particular relevance to New York as more than 60% of Mexican immigrants in New York City are natives of Puebla.
  • Poblanos in New York City face unique challenges; the policies, opportunity structures and resources in New York greatly influence the behaviors and outcomes of Poblanos in New York. In order to understand the poor socio-economic and health outcomes of Poblanos in NYC, we must take into consideration the socio-political environment that migrants face in NY and during the migratory process.
  • The course will provide a comprehensive overview of critical issues impacting Poblano communities in the Mexican and New York City context. Students will utilize a bi-national perspective to critically engage with the challenges and opportunities in Puebla in regard to social welfare and economic well-being.

For General Inquiries Contact

Eileen Wolkstein, PhD
Director, Global and Lifelong Learning

Stephanie Kaplan
Coordinator, Office of Global and Lifelong Learning

Program Faculty:

Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, Professor and Mexican Exchange Program Director


  • Graduate Tuition: 6 Credits: $7,348 (estimate)
  • Program activities fees and personal expenses: $500-$1,000
  • Housing: $600 (Residence arranged by staff. Students housed with local families)
  • Other: Estimated airfare: $750

Faculty Contacts

Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, PhD
Professor of Social Work