Border Studies Program


  • We are still accepting applications for the Spring 2015 Border Studies Program! The deadline for applying is October 17, 2014. Apply now!
  • The BSP is excited to announce that we have new staff and family member, Alisha Vasquez! Read her bio and a brief Q&A here!
  • Maddie Taterka, Contributing Editor for Autostraddle and Fall 2012 BSP Alum, recently published a piece on the detention of child migrants in Arizona.
  • Spring 2014 Border Studies Program alum Alex Cook is working this summer with migrant advocacy group Migrant Justice. Read about his work with the Vermont based organization here.
  • Marcos Ramos, Earlham grad and Spring 2013 BSP alum is spending his summer in his native Brazil after having won a Davis Project for Peace Grant for his project “Navigating Discourses of Sexuality: Resistance to Homophobia in Brazil”. Read more here.
  • Read the participants' updates from the Borderlands and follow their experiences throughout the semester at our Border Studies blog.
  • Read BSP Instructor Katie Sharar's piece for NACLA's Border Wars blog on immigration enforcement in Texas' Big Bend region.
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Living Arrangements

Courses | Supervised Field Study | Language Learning | Living Arrangements | Cultural Excursions |
How To Apply

For the first week of the program, students will reside together during the orientation period. The orientation will culminate in a host family reception where students and families will meet for the first time and begin the semester together. From then on, participants will live with host families in Tucson until the end of the semester.

The families in Tucson may be English language dominant or Spanish language dominant; each student's experience will be different.  The program makes every attempt to ensure that the homestay in Tucson will in some way broaden the student's experience related to the border.

Participants will be asked to complete a questionnaire about their preferences and the program will then match the students with the families.  Some participants prefer more independence and others prefer a more family oriented experience.  

OrientationThe homestay has the potential to be a very important learning experience during the semester, and we see your living experience as an essential part of the overall educational program.  Many Border Studies students have made long lasting friendships with their host families over the years.

Recent students have said the following about their experiences with the host families:

"My host parents were wonderful in general but also flexible and generous about sharing their space."

"We had great times shopping and cooking and watching movies"

"They were the greatest, most welcoming and loving family ever. I felt so included in family activities from the very start."

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