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Harvard Summer Program in Oaxaca and Puebla, Mexico

Publish Date: Sep 25, 2015

Deadline: Jan 28, 2016

Explore the rich food heritage and archaeology of Oaxaca, Mexico, through science-focused site visits,expert-led discussions, and hands-on experiences.

Learn about past humans diets, ancient biomolecules, modern cooking techniques, domestication of the Americas’ most important plants, and the interaction of food and human biology. The course will open with language training at the Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, including medical Spanish, if desired.

Course of study

To be announced.  


Noreen Tuross, PhD, Landon T. Clay Professor of Scientific Archaeology, Harvard University 

Linda Reynard, D Phil, Research Associate and Lecturer, Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University


Before applying, review the Admission and Policies and FAQs pages.

You must be at least 18 years old and have completed at least one year of college or be a first-year student in good academic standing to apply.

The application materials, outlined below, are due January 28, 2016:

  • A completed online application (available in early December) that includes:
    • A $50 nonrefundable application fee
    • A detailed statement of interest in the program
    • Transcripts (student record accepted for Harvard students)

Program directors may request letters of recommendations and interviews. 

You will be notified of admission decisions by mid-February.


There is a nonrefundable $50 application fee. The program cost includes the following:

  • Tuition
  • Room, breakfast, and some dinners
  • Field trips and excursions

In addition to the program fee, you are responsible for:

  • A health insurance fee (waived if you have US insurance that provides coverage outside the United States)
  • Transportation to and from Mexico  
  • Independent excursions
  • The cost of passports and visas (if the latter is needed)
  • Any immunizations

How to pay and funding options

See Payment and Funding for payment deadlines, deposit amounts, and more information, including funding options for Harvard College students.


To be announced. 

Additional information

Contact summerabroad@dcemail.harvard.edu.

Students with disabilities

Contact the disability services coordinator as soon as possible. See Students with Disabilities for more information.

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