Sin Fronteras

Sin Fronteras - Oaxaca Summer Program

PLEASE NOTE: Berkeley Social Welfare will not be able to confirm if this program will be available for summer 2024 and beyond prior to mid-fall 2023.

Sin Fronteras is a collaboration between Berkeley Social Welfare and Becari Conzatti Language School in Oaxaca, Mexico.  As a comprehensive and integrated learning program, Sin Fronteras is intended for Social Work students interested in deepening their understanding of effective and culturally responsive international social work practice.    

While in Oaxaca, the students will:

  • Work with NGOs to find effective interventions to the many national and local social, economic and political problems, such as forced migration;

  • Learn from local community experts regarding indigenous practices, methods, beliefs, and stories that relate to health and well-being;

  • Refine Spanish language skills by taking an intensive language course; and

  • Gain a transnational perspective that will shape their approach to providing services to Latinx communities in the US.


Eligibility Requirements 

  • Participants must be continuing graduate students at Berkeley Social Welfare. UC Berkeley graduate students from other departments are also eligible (e.g. Sociology, Ethnic Studies, Public Policy, Education, Psychology) 

  • Participants must speak Spanish at an intermediate level or higher.  A verbal and written Spanish language assessment is required of all participants before the start of the program.  

  • Participants must register for the 3-unit Berkeley Summer Sessions SOC WEL 272 course and enroll in Becari Conzatti’s summer program.


Sin Fronteras Application 

Applications to the 2023 Sin Fronteras- Oaxaca, Mexico Summer Program will open in mid-December.


Sin Fronteras Stipend Application 

Berkeley Social Welfare offers a limited number of Sin Fronteras  stipends to eligible MSW students. The  stipend is intended to support students' training in culturally responsive social work practice with Latinx communities.  Applications for Sin Fronteras and the accompanying stipend are due concurrently.