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

View of Puebla

Program Faculty:


  • Tuition and Fees: Graduate tuition and fees, paid directly to the Bursar. Undergraduate tuition (senior BSW students only, must interview): Please review the University’s tuition structure for undergraduates:, paid to the Bursar.
  • Housing: 2019 rate TBA.  Housing will either be double hotel rooms (two students per room) with private baths, breakfast included in price OR homestays with Mexican families (two students per home in separate rooms).  This is currently being coordinated and final information will be available shortly.
  • Insurance: 2019 rate TBA.  All students are required to carry GeoBlue Insurance for the duration of the course.  Students will be enrolled by the Office of Global and Lifelong Learning.
  • Estimated Activity Fees & Personal Expenses: $500-800 (amount varies based on individual student expenses).
  • Estimated Travel Expense to Puebla: Round-trip (from New York) is around $750 depending on booking date, type, and availability.
  • Meals: A welcoming meal will be provided and daily breakfast is included in the cost of the hotel charges.  Students are responsible for any additional meals.
  • Excursions: Selected agency visits and museums trips in Puebla; accompanied excursion to Mexico City.

Professor Vincent Guilamo-Ramos and NYU Silver PhD Program Students to receive SAGE/CSWE 2015 Award for Innovative Teaching in Social Work Education


The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) will honor NYU Latino Consortium Co-Directors Professor Vincent Guilamo-Ramos and Armando Garcia along with Silver doctoral students Jane Lee (NYU) and Gabriel Robles (NYU) with the 2015 CSWE Award for Innovative Teaching for their inter-professional course on migration in Puebla, Mexico. In 2015, Professor Ramos and his team introduced twenty-three students from universities in both the United States and Mexico to the complex and urgent health and social welfare issues facing unaccompanied minors (UMs). The NYU Silver/UPAEP course teaches students to critically analyze the migratory process and how the socio-political and economic environments of Central America and Mexico influence unaccompanied minors’ migration to Mexico and the United States. Many of the Mexican and Central American migrants, whose migratory destination is the New York City area, travel through or have origins in the State of Puebla.  (Read more...)

about the program

  • Dates of Course: January 2019 (final dates TBA soon).
  • NOTE: January program credits count toward spring semester credit allotments and financial aid.  Students with field placements must obtain permission from their faculty advisors and agency field instructors to miss field dates for a January course.  Students must make up all missed field dates at another time during the year.
  • Location: Puebla, Mexico
  • Housing: Housing will either be double hotel rooms (two students per room) with private baths, breakfast included in price OR homestays with Mexican families (two students per home in separate rooms).  This is currently being coordinated and final information will be available shortly.
  • Total Credits: 3 credits
  • Available for: Master's of Social Work, Master's of Public or Global Health, and related professions.

The course seeks to expose students to the complex and urgent social welfare issue of unaccompanied minors in the U.S. through providing a comprehensive overview of critical issues impacting unaccompanied minors throughout the migratory process. As such, students will develop the ability to critically and reflectively analyze the migratory process and how the socio-political environment of Mexico affects unaccompanied minors’ migration into the U.S. Students will be able to develop a deeper understanding of the current issue of unaccompanied minors through a bi-national perspective. Additionally, students will explore strategies for addressing the health and social welfare problems associated with all stages of migration that encompass individual, community, and policy level approaches. The target audience for the course includes students in social welfare, nursing, public health, and other health related disciplines.

Study Abroad Course Application and Registration Process


To apply for this program, you must complete the Study Abroad Course Application. The Study Abroad Course Application requires that you upload your current resume and the Study Abroad Essay Questions* for the particular program to which you are applying into the application, along with a copy of your passport photo page (if you already have a passport and it is applicable to the program).

*To obtain a copy of the file, please visit the essay folder or email Stephanie Kaplan. You will need to be logged in to your NYU email account to access the folder. If you are denied access, check to see which email address it's denying. If you are logged in to another Gmail account, you may need to log out and only be logged in to your NYU email account for access. Make sure that you are obtaining a copy of the correct file for the program to which you are applying. When submitting this file, you should use the file name already set up, adding your name as follows: 'StudyAbroadEssayQuestions_Puebla_Smith,John'

To begin an application for this course:

  1. Log in to NYU Home
  2. Click on the 'Academics' tab
  3. Click on the 'Albert Login' button
  4. Click on the ‘Other Resources’ tab at the top of the screen
  5. Click on the 'Application Center' link (second column)
  6. Scroll down to where you see 'Silver Global Programs' and click on the 'Apply' link to the right
  7. Follow the application instructions found at the top of the page

Important notes:

  • Application deadline: November 18, 2018
  • Applications cannot be saved and must be completed in one session. Make sure you have all the necessary materials before beginning the application.
  • Applicants will get a confirmation email if submission was successful; please try not to submit more than one application for each program.
  • Decisions are made on a rolling basis and at the discretion of the faculty member. TThis means that students who apply or are admitted earlier will receive decisions earlier and the course may fill up before the application deadline.

Once an application has been reviewed, the applicant will receive a decision email.  The applicant will then be able to accept or decline her/his seat in the program.


Applicants who accept their seats in the program will receive additional next-steps and will be enrolled in the course from the Office of Global and Lifelong Learning.  Students do not self-register for global programs.

Puebla Scholarship Application

A limited number of $1,000 global program scholarships are available to NYU Silver students participating in short-term Silver courses abroad (i.e., non-domestic programs).  These scholarships are intended to defray the costs of travel and enable students who may not otherwise be able to participate an opportunity to experience an NYU Silver study abroad courses.   

To apply, submit an application form:

Application deadline: November 18, 2018

For General Inquiries Contact

Stephanie Kaplan
Assistant Director, Office of Global and Lifelong Learning

For Course Content Inquiries Contact

Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, PhD, MPH, LCSW, RN
Professor of Social Work