Mexico - SSM2050H5F & ENV431H5F: Applied Sustainability Management

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The Trip

Spend 9 amazing days traveling through Mexico gaining valuable international experience in environmental sustainability, economics and human health issues while conducting field work with Professor Harvey Shear and Professor Varouj Aivazian, undergraduate and graduate students!

Embrace the opportunity to visit one of the twelve mega-diverse countries in the world. Gain insight into the various sustainability issues that threaten Mexico’s lively ecosystems by traveling to the city of Guadalajara and surrounding regions.

In addition to earning valuable research experience, you will have the opportunity to learn about forest rehabilitation efforts, unique coastal vegetation as well as the socioeconomic factors affecting Mexico’s natural heritage. Lectures will be offered at the local partner University to support your learning experience throughout the trip.

Activities Include:

  • Carry out lab work at the Center for Research and Applied Technology in Jalisco (CIATEJ); one of the most renown biotechnology research centers in Mexico; 
  • Conduct fieldwork that includes water quality, bacteria and sustainable fishing tests;
  • Observe forest rehabilitation efforts at the National Park;
  • Visit the Pacific Mangrove and study the crucial role that coastal vegetation play in sustaining a healthy ecology;     
  • Visit a marine turtle sanctuary;
  • Attend lectures offered by local university partner ITESO Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara.

Click here for a detailed itinerary.

Why Participate?

  • Gain valuable research experience abroad in a prime location for sustainability studies;
  • Conduct research at renown institutions with advanced facilities;
  • Add international travel and learning experience to your resume;
  • Collect samples for your research ;
  • Travel and experience the unique culture the Jalisco region has to offer;
  • Connect with your professors and build networks between undergraduate and graduate students in the Masters of Science in Sustainability Management.

Important Details

Dates: Prior to Fall semester: Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 (depart) - Thursday, August 31st, 2017 (return)

Estimated cost*: CAD$3000-3300

*Funding available for up to half the cost of the international component based on financial need. Click here to learn more.

*The cost of this trip is posted pending approval based on the University’s Policy on Ancillary Fees. Updates will be posted as needed.

Selection criteria: This course is available to undergraduate and Masters of Sustainability Management students. Applicants will be selected based on their application and a follow up interview. Admitted students will be subsequently enrolled in the course (ENV431H undergrads or SSM2015 graduate).

Applications will open at 12 pm (noon) on Monday, February 13, 2017 and close at 12 pm (noon) on Monday, March 27, 2017. Click here to apply.

Important Dates

Date Description
Monday, February 13, 2017 Applications Open
Monday, March 27, 2017 Applications Close
Monday, March 27 to Friday, March 31, 2017 Interviews
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 Offers sent
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 Second Instalment Due
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Third Instalment Due
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 Fourth Instalment Due
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Fifth Instalment Due
August *exact date to be determined Orientation
Multiple dates during the summer Mandatory Safety Abroad Workshop

Need to know

  • The cost and itinerary are subject to change;
  • Students will be required to submit their completed application following the steps and requirements outlined under Apply Now! by the UTM Abroad Mexico application deadline to be considered for this course;
  • Fees must be paid in full by the required deadlines;
  • To prepare for the trip, students attending will participate in a mandatory pre-departure and safety abroad session during the month of August.

Applications will open at 12 pm (noon) on Monday, February 13, 2017 and will close at 12 pm (noon) on Monday, March 27, 2017.