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Mexican Migration Field Research Program


The Mexican Migration Field Research Program (MMFRP) is a nationally and internationally renowned academic program housed at the University of California, San Diego. The program:

  • Trains the next generation of immigrant advocates, giving them substantive expertise on international migration and advanced skills in data collection and analysis
  • Expands our knowledge of the consequences of migration and forced displacement, using fieldwork-based, binational, team research
  • Disseminates its findings through publications, web-based reports and briefings for public officials and the mass media

During the year-long program, approximately 35 undergraduate and graduate students collaborate on an interdisciplinary, multinational research team. Through coursework and time in the field, students develop skills to collect and analyze both qualitative and quantitative data using established methods from the social sciences. The classroom component of MMFRP consists of a sequence of courses in which students learn about international migration, field research methods, and academic writing. Participants also spend a minimum of nine days in the field gathering data. The program satisfies international fieldwork, methods, and practicum requirements and makes up much of the Human Rights & International Migration minor. 

Participation in MMFRP is by application only. All students are welcome regardless of legal status. Fluent or proficient Spanish required. . Applications open in late Spring for the following year and are accepted on a rolling basis until the start of fall quarter. For more information and eligibility see (and click "Apply" to apply). 

To participate, ENROLL for Fall 2023 in USP 162 (migration & the city) and USP 163 (community-based research and planning). Then apply via the link below.

Apply for the 2023-24 Mexican Migration Field Research Program (MMFRP)! Due Saturday, September 10, 2023. (Apply early if interested in early admission!) Scan QR code for application: 


The MMFRP is a year-long, community-action research practicum on migration and social justice, for a total 16-20 units across Fall-Winter-Spring quarters. Students learn about international migration, gain skills in community-based fieldwork, and work directly with NGO partners. The program satisfies international fieldwork, methods, and practicum requirements and makes up most of the Human Rights & International Migration minor. 

In 2023-24 our projects are TBD but will be accessible to all students regardless of legal status.