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Mexico Consortium:
Social Work in a Latin American Context

(*See Social Work Faculty for Application*)

The Mexico Consortium is an organization of Council on Social Work Education accredited social work programs in Minnesota and South Dakota, developed to facilitate a one-semester program in Mexico for undergraduate social work students. Administered by Center for Global Education at Augsburg College, there are nine member social work programs of the Consortium:

  • Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN
  • Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN
  • Bethel University, St. Paul, MN
  • College of St. Catherine/University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
  • Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN
  • St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN
  • St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
  • University of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, SD
  • Winona State University, Winona, MN

The mission of the program is to develop cross-culturally competent, ethical social work professionals with a global perspective by providing a semester of transformative, experiential learning focused on social and economic justice ( Augsburg College , Social Work Department website)

Students from any of the member programs are eligible to participate in the semester (always spring semester) program in Cuernavaca, Mexico where Augsburg College has facilities. A faculty from one the member schools is the lead faculty and coordinator onsite during the semester in Cuernavaca. In addition, adjunct faculty in Cuernava hired by Augsburg College, teach classes in the program. An intern/resident advisor living with the students assists with activities.

Cuernavaca with more than one million people, is about 50 miles south of Mexico City . The Augsburg College, Center for Global Education has two houses in Cuernavaca that serve as general living space and classrooms.

Curriculum: Students generally register for 16 credits at their home school. At the end of the semester, grades are provided for a designated faculty at the home school to report to the registrar. These courses at BSU include:

  • SOWK 3552: Generalist Practice 2
  • SOWK 3201: Family: Dynamics and Intervention
  • SOWK 2140: Field Experience in Social Work

(With strong Spanish skills placements are available. The Consortium is developing placements for students who do not have strong language skills. In addition community service opportunities are available for students.)

Application Deadlines: October 15 for the spring term.

Registration and Financial Aid: The student’s home school provides financial aid. The student retains matriculation and registers for classes there Bemidji State University, social work students would register for the following courses:

  • SOWK 3552: Generalist Practice 2
  • SOWK electives

Having conversational Spanish language skills are important.
The Consortium is developing placements for students who do not have strong language skills.

Total estimated costs for Minnesota residents are $7,000-$9,000 which includes tuition and fees, room and board, airfare, books and spending money.