The Program

The MMFRP is a year-long, community-based research practicum on migration and social justice, in which students do primary research and write public-facing reports. Many students describe it as one of their most meaningful experiences in college.

There is no cost to participate. All costs of travel are covered for you.

The program satisfies international fieldwork and practicum requirements.

Requirements & Eligibility

To participate, students are required to speak proficient or fluent Spanish and commit to the full year-long program. Undergraduates must have 3rd or 4th year standing. Graduate students should email the program director for specifics on graduate-level enrollment. Undergraduates enroll in a series of three courses:

  • SOCI 125 (Sociology of Immigration), fall
  • USP 188 (Fieldwork in Migrant Communities), winter – ** 8 units
  • USP 188B (Research Analysis and Reporting), spring

During winter quarter, students spend a full week (week 3) plus 4-5 all-day Fridays conducting fieldwork. The winter course is a demanding eight units, and we recommend a maximum of 1-2 other courses in the winter quarter.

We welcome DACA and undocumented students and have options to participate without international travel.

We occasionally make exceptions to the requirements for talented students.


To apply, please fill out this linked form and enroll in SOCI 125 (undergraduate) or LATI 222A (graduate) for next Fall.

  • Among undergraduates, priority is given to Spanish speakers and those with upper-class standing (3rd or 4th year)
  • Graduate students will do additional research design work, above and beyond the undergraduate requirements. This work will be tailored to your research interests where possible.

Applications are due by September 10, and you will be notified by September 15.

For more info please contact Dr. Abigail Andrews at alandrews AT ucsd DOT edu.