Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

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Frequently Asked Questions

When are deposits and other fees due?
What is the withdrawal policy?
Does financial aid apply?
Are scholarships available?
Is it possible to extend my time abroad and earn more than 5-6 credits?
How will I be graded?
Will workloads differ between undergraduate and graduate students?
Is Mexico safe?
What is the cost of airfare?
What other expenses should I expect?
How many hours will we spend in class and on field trips each week?
Will there be opportunities to study Spanish?
Will there be opportunities to engage in cultural activities?
Will there be opportunities for volunteer service?

Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

When are deposits and other fees due?
 

Please review the Estimated Payment Schedule:
Type   Amount Due 
Non-refundable
Program Deposit
$350  Charged upon receipt of contract
Program Fee Payment $500  April 16 
Non-refundable IPE Fee $250  July 9
Program Balance $1550 July 9 

 

Photo by S.V. RobergeWhat is the withdrawal policy?

The $350 program deposit and the $250 IPE Fee are non-refundable.  Any student withdrawing after her/her contract is received will be liable for a set percentage of the program fee, depending on the date of  withdrawal. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.  Notice of withdrawal from the program  must be made in writing to both the IPE Office, and the IAS Graduate Office, Attn: Lisa Olason. 

Does financial aid apply?

Most forms of financial aid can be utilized during participation in the program.  Participants who are on financial aid should contact their campus Financial Aid Office to verify that their awards will apply. For more information about financial aid, read here

Are scholarships available?

Undergraduate students are eligible to apply for the Global Opportunities (GO!) Scholarship or Fritz Undergraduate Scholarship.  The deadline for summer programs is April 23.  More information may be found here.

Is it possible to extend my time abroad and earn more than 5-6 credits?

Yes, a student may conduct independent study for additional credit, if s/he can afford more time abroad. In either case, a student should have a concise idea about they type of work s/he wants to undertake.  Students should direct their inquiries to Co-director, Lisa Olason.

How will I be graded?

Students will receive a numeric grade.

Will workloads differ between undergraduate and graduate students?

Workloads will not differ between undergraduate and graduate students, but undergraduate students will receive 6 credits for their participation and graduate students, 5 credits.  

Is Mexico safe?

Mexico does have a security alert, especially for drug related violence along the
border states (particularly Chihuahua) and also in Michoacan. Oaxaca and the areas
the class are going to visit are calm at this time.

What is the cost of airfare?

Students are expected to book their air travel and have two route options:

Seattle to Oaxaca - approximate airfare: $800-900

Seattle to Mexico City - approximate airfare: $500-600
Students may then take a 6 hour bus ride to Oaxaca for approximately $30-45 (each way). 

What other expenses should I expect?

The program fee covers a three-week homestay with a Oaxacan family.  Families provide students with one meal per day, though students may arrange lunch with host families for an extra fee.  Dinner and snacks will be covered by the student.  Non-program transportation, and admission to the Guelaguetza festival are not covered.  For an overall estimate of student expenses, contact IPE.

How many hours will we spend in class and on field trips each week?

Students will be in class approximately four hours each day, three days a week.  Field trips may fall within these time parameters or may require an extra day per week.

Will there be opportunities to study Spanish?

Yes, classes will be held at Instituto Cultural Oaxaca (ICO), a language institute housed in a colonial style home surrounded by lush gardens.  ICO offers a variety of language class options.  For more information, visit this link.

Will there be opportunities to engage in cultural activities?

Yes, ICO hosts a variety of cultural activities.  Other Oaxacan agencies offer tours, courses, and classes.

Will there be opportunities for volunteer service?

Students may arrange their own volunteer experiences in Oaxaca, though it may prove challenging to locate short-term opportunities within a 1-3 week timeframe.  Web sites like Volunteer Abroad feature organizations seeking volunteers.

Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

For questions not answered on by these web pages, contact Co-Director, Lisa Olason, at lolason@uw.edu or (425) 352-3136.