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Guatemala: Antigua (Summer)
Antigua, Guatemala (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)
Restrictions: USD applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Language Requirement: 4 semesters GPA: 0 (in good academic standing)
Professor(s): Dr. Victor Zambrano Disciplines offered: Arts and Sciences - non science
Accomodations: Hotel Prerequisite(s): SPAN 202
Service-Learning: Yes Graduate Courses Offered: No
Program Advisor: Derek Brendel - Tuition Remission Eligible Program: Yes
Program Type: Undergraduate
Program Description:


Guatemala Summer 2015
Program Dates: June 15 – July 5, 2015


Guatemala, meaning land of trees, is a heavily forested and mountainous nation—and the most populous in Central America. The Pacific coast lowlands in the south rise to the volcanic Sierra Madre and other highlands, then the land descends to the forested northern lowlands, including the narrow Caribbean coast. The highlands, where most Guatemalans live, are temperate in climate compared to the tropical lowlands (Adapted from National Geographic Travel).


SPAN 394-  Guatemala: Cultural Legacies and Current Realities

Professor: Dr. Victor Zambrano
Pre-requisites: SPAN 202 or equivalent 

This three-week Spanish immersion program provides students with an introduction to the history and cultures of Guatemala, and to some of the current challenges faced by this Central American country. Three thematic threads are interwoven throughout the readings, texts analyzed, and site visits: I. Cultural and Historical legacies, with a focus on the Maya; II. Current realities: environment, public health, education, human rights; and III. Projects for social change (fair/direct trade, microfinance, and social entrepreneurship). The course has a community-based approach in that dialogue and engagement with community members is a central feature; group reflections then follow all the on-site activities with a special focus on the symbolic dimensions of intercultural communication. This is a Spanish language immersion program: all students enrolled in the course will make a firm commitment to speak only in Spanish at all times throughout the program. There will be two pre-departure sessions on campus at USD near the end of the Spring 2015 semester. This course may be used to fulfill three upper-division units for the Spanish Minor or three upper-division elective units for the Spanish Major at the 300 level.

The program is based in Antigua, where students will study the history of this colonial capital of the region. There will be an overnight excursion to the Kaqchiquel ruins at Iximche’ and the Lago de Atitlán in the highlands region. A day excursion to Guatemala City includes visits to the Ixchel and Popol Vuh Museums, the Myrna Mack Foundation, and the National Palace, among other sites. (Please note that this partial list is tentative and some sites may be changed due to different circumstances.


For a detailed description of program costs please see the Budget Sheet in the box at the top of this webpage. Students are still responsible for their travel to and from Guatemala. Local travel costs are itemized in the Budget Sheet webpage.


Student accommodations will be in hotels located conveniently in each of the cities. Rooms are double occupancy and include breakfast.

To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)