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  • Locations: Tucson, United States
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
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Oberlin College Deadlines (please confirm host program deadlines):
Oberlin College Deadlines (please confirm host program deadlines):
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2022 04/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Area of Study: Comparative American Studies, Gender, Sexuality, Feminist Studies, Hispanic Studies, International Affairs, Latin American Studies, Politics, Sociology, Spanish
SA Program Focus: Internship Match for Oberlin Spring '22: Yes
Program Description:
The Border Studies Program combines rigorous academic study, practical on-site learning, travel seminars and structured reflection in a semester that engages students in some of today’s most urgent social, economic, and ecological matters. A semester with the Border Studies Program facilitates the examination of issues related to migration, human rights, globalization, food systems, and the environment. Peers, scholars, farmers, indigenous peoples, state authorities, migrants and activists in both Mexico and the U.S. contribute to the learning process. This integrated experience challenges students to be more thoughtful and intentional about their participation in creating a just and sustainable world.

Based in Tucson, Arizona, the Border Studies Program is situated in a complex and critical geographic bio-region, offering unique opportunities for studying social and ecological issues in local, regional, and international contexts. Known for intense activism around immigrant rights and borderlands militarization, Tucson overflows with environmental organizations working on both sides of the border to protect the bi-national ecosystem and to seek sustainable living models in the arid lands of Sonora, Arizona, and beyond.

Extensive travel seminars and excursions along both sides of the border and the interior of Mexico integrate two or more of the courses, enhancing students academic and personal experience by providing students with a more holistic understanding of the borderlands and the relationship the region has to broader global issues. The unique combination of coursework, field studies, and travel seminars create an outstanding opportunity to engage in an analysis of migration, the global economy, environmental degradation, development, sustainability, transnational communities, international boundaries, and justice in a land marked by numerous inequalities.

The Border Studies Program is open to students from all academic backgrounds and majors in good standing at any college or university. All participants must be full-time undergraduate students. The borderlands is a multilingual region, which presents rich opportunities for language learning. You will no doubt hear both Spanish and English being spoken regularly, in addition to O'odham. You will also hear creative and fascinating uses of language. The Border Studies Program offers flexibility in language use and offers programming for those with higher-level language skills as well as for those who are newer to Spanish.

One year of college-level Spanish (or equivalent) is required prior to the beginning of the fall or spring semester program.