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Fact Sheet:
Program Description:
On our W&M Embedded Mexico Program students will travel to the Luna Negra Ranch in Veracruz, Mexico to work with the Seminario de Son Jarocho Y Otras Culturas. Founded in 1999, the Seminar of Son Jarocho and Other Cultures celebrates the local culture, music and history unique to the Jáltipan de Morelos region. Students will study the history of how African music integrated with local Mexican traditions through an ethnomusicological lens. The daily activities include a variety of workshops in the morning dealing with poetry, musical instrument performance, dance, and other aspects of son jarocho performance. In the afternoons and evenings are excursions to historical sites, museums, and musical events. The Luna Negra Ranch is not unlike U.S. state or national parks and provides local shower and restroom accommodations while students will camp under the stars in the traditional fashion. Proficiency in Spanish is not required. 

About Embedded Programs:
Embedded programs are 3-credit semester courses taken on campus at W&M with an international component integrated into the course. This program will have a 3 credit course that runs during the traditional spring 2021 semester. The international trip for this program is to take place during spring break. Those who participate in the international trip can petition to have the COLL300 attribute added to this course (more information provided in course). Accepted students should register for the course during the normal spring registration window in October. This course will count towards students full time course load for the spring semester. Course must be taken for a grade. 

Course Information:
LAS 390/MUSC 350: "Latin American Music in the Black Atlantic" (3 credits)
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Instructor Information:
Michael Iyanaga (

Program Location:
Luna Negra Ranch, Jáltipan de Morelos, Veracruz, Mexico

Program Dates:
Program Director and Students will travel together as a group during spring break 2022. 
Depart: March 13, 2022
Return: March 18, 2022

Important Dates:
Application Due: September 14, 2021
Deposit Due ($600): October 15, 2021
Balance Due: November 1, 2021
Flight Balance Due: January 15, 2022

Program Fees:
Program Cost (including flights*): $900 program fee + $1,000 round trip flights (estimated cost, actual cost determined at booking in December, 2021)
Includes: round trip flights, all meals, accommodations, transportation, excursions, international health insurance.
For more information on the breakdown of program fees please visit our budget sheet here
*Due to the nature of the program, all students are required to fly together with the group and cannot purchase their own flights. 

Partial funding for this program is available based on financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid. 

Please contact study abroad advisor Marina Knapp ( 

Embedded Handbook 2020 - 2021

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Approximate Decision Date (Subject To Change) Start Date End Date
Short-Term/Uncoded 2022 09/14/2021 10/01/2021 03/13/2022 03/18/2022