The Program

The MMFRP is a year-long, community-based research practicum on migration and social justice, in which student do primary research and write public-facing reports. Many students describe it as one of their most meaningful experiences in college. The program satisfies international fieldwork and practicum requirements. Applications open each summer for the following year. In 2020-21 we will continue ongoing work with asylum seekers and deportees at the US-Mexico border, however, the work will be virtual due to Covid-19.

Requirements & Eligibility

To participate, students are required to speak proficient Spanish and commit to the full year-long program. Undergraduates must have 3rd or 4th year standing. Graduate students enroll in LATI 222A (fall), 222B (winter) and 222C (spring). Undergraduates enroll in a series of three courses:

  • SOCI 125 (Sociology of Immigration), fall
  • SOCI 188 or USP 188 (Fieldwork in Migrant Communities), winter – ** 8 units
  • SOCI 109m (Research Reporting

During a normal winter quarter, students spend a full week (week 3) plus 4-5 all-day Fridays conducting fieldwork. In Winter 2021, however, the program will be virtual due to Covid. The winter course is a demanding eight units, and we recommend a maximum of 1-2 other courses in winter quarter.

We welcome DACA and undocumented students and have options to participate without international travel. In 2020-21, a passport is not required.

We occasionally make exceptions to the requirements for talented students.


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

Applications are due by September 1, and you will be notified by September 15.

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