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Mexican Migration Field Research And Training Program

We are excited to announce that the application process for the Mexican Migration Field Research Program (MMFRP) is now open for 2019-2020. The MMFRP is a unique, year-long program for undergraduate and graduate students who want an in-depth, community-based research practicum focused on international migration.

Students involved in MMFRP work directly with migrant families and often describe their participation as a life-changing experience. Participants use the MMFRP to satisfy international field experience requirements, obtain data for thesis projects, and expand their publications records.

This year, students will conduct interviews and surveys with deportees and Central American migrants living in migrant shelters in Tijuana. The data gathered will shed light on how migration affects families and people’s lives on both sides of the border. 

In 2019-2020, undergraduate students are required to participate in three classes, listed below.

Graduate students must audit SOCI 125 in fall (or take a grad-level immigration course) and enroll in LATI 222B in winter and LATI 222C in spring.

All students must commit to the full year, including winter fieldwork in Tijuana.
·      Fall 2019: Sociology 125: Sociology of Immigration (4 units)
·      Winter 2020: Sociology/Urban Studies and Planning 188: Mexican Migration Field Research Practicum (8 units,         including one week and 4-5 Fridays of travel and fieldwork in Tijuana)
·      Spring 2020: Sociology 109M: Research Reporting (4 units)

All three quarters are mandatory, though exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Spanish proficiency is required.

To apply, please fill out this form and enroll in Sociology 125 for Fall 2019 (undergraduate only). Please note that Spanish proficiency is required unless you have spoken to the program directors and agreed otherwise.

Applications are due by September 1, 2019, and you will be notified of your acceptance by September 26, 2019.

Please contact Dr. Abigail Andrews at with questions. 

 To apply, please fill out this google form (including a CV and 250-word personal statement) and enroll in Sociology 125 for Fall 2019