Philosophy of the Environment Spring 2023 Short Term Abroad Program

Guadalajara at sunset

​Registration for this course is divided among PHIL 2281 CRN 62127 // GEOG 3195 CRN 68340 // IAFF 2190 CRN 68338. If one section is full, please try to register in another!


Trip Details

Boats in Lake Chapala

Lake Chapala feeds the most polluted river in Mexico.

Application deadline: OCT. 7TH, 2022

Cross listings: PHIL 2281 CRN 62127 , GEOG 3195 CRN 68340, IAFF 2190 CRN 68338

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The abroad portion of the course will be from March 10 - March 19, 2023. 8 days in Guadalajara plus 2 days spent traveling from and to the US.



aerial view of Lake Chapala

Program Fee: $2,382.48
Estimated Total Cost: $2,782.48

The program fee covers single-room accommodation, travel within Guadalajara, and the plane ticket.  

The estimated total cost includes meals and cabs to and from the airport. (This total cost estimate is on the higher end.)

This program is relatively cheap compared to other short-term abroad programs, which can be over $9,000.

To seek partial funding, please complete the CCAS STAP Financial Aid application. Here is some relevant info:

  • Applications for financial aid are already open, and announcements will be made a week before the Commitment/Deposit deadline October 21, 2022. 
  • Students must have a current FAFSA on file to be eligible. 
  • All students from all schools and majors may apply. 
  • This is a need-based scholarship, and award decisions are made in concert with the Financial Aid Office. 

Please also email department heads/schools and search for outside of university funding. 

Course Details

Bird standing in Lake Chapala

View work-in-progress syllabus/itinerary

The course will meet during the spring semester MW, 3:45-5:00pm.

3 credits for the full course. It may also be possible to attend the trip without enrolling in the course.

Mexican students from the University of Guadalajara will be joining us on the trip.

Safety is our top priority, and GW would not have approved this program if they believed it was unsafe. We will be traveling and going to lectures with local guides, lecturers, and university staff and students. We will stay in an area that has a large US ex-pat population. We will also not be following traditional tourist routes. Your safety is ensured in this program.

When in Mexico, a typical day will be scheduled as follows:

  • 8:00 wake up, get dressed.
  • 8:30 Breakfast, pack to go to a destination.
  • 10:00 get on the bus to go for an outing.
  • 11:00 reach destination, listen to lecture, take notes.
  • 12:30 short walk in the surrounding area to make and record observations.
  • 13:30 lunch.
  • 15:00 Meet for the second lecture.
  • 16:30 A third of the students meet to add to the data table discussion for full analysis of data. So, every three days you will come to one of these afternoon meetings. Other students write their diary of observations. Students may consult e-mail and electronic messages.
  • 19:30 dinner and free time.