January 23, 2015
Administrators at Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán in Mexico have gone on strike, which has caused a shutdown of the entire university. At this time there is no indication of how long the strike will last, so IFSA-Butler is making alternate plans to ensure that our students will still be able to attend classes and earn full credit for the semester. Below are FAQs about this situation.
What classes are IFSA-Butler students currently taking?
IFSA-Butler students are still able to take the mandatory IFSA-Butler Spanish class and the Exploring Community & Culture program course, in combination with field visits to archaeological sites in the area. Students can also opt to take another IFSA-Butler program course, History of Mayan Culture and Civilization. Because these three courses are organized by IFSA-Butler and are not UADY courses, they are not affected by the strike.
What are the plans for students if the UADY strike goes on for a long time?
IFSA-Butler students may be able to enroll, for no additional cost, in one of two local private universities in order to maintain a full courseload and earn full credit while in Mexico.
Has the strike been violent?
There has been no violence or unrest associated with this strike.
Are strikes common at universities in Latin America?
Strikes by students, faculty or administration are common and accepted forms of protest in many countries around the world, including Latin America. Click here to read IFSA-Butler's FAQs about university strikes abroad.