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 2021-22 we will continue ongoing work with asylum seekers at the US-Mexico border.

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 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 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 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 fluent Spanish speakers and students 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 1, and you will be notified by September 15.

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