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Guatemala: Antigua (Summer)
Antigua, Guatemala (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer,
Program Cost
Restrictions: USD applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 02/22/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: The program will take place in June 2017. Exact program dates coming soon!

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language Requirement: 4 semesters GPA: 0 (in good academic standing)
Professor(s): Dr. Victor Zambrano Disciplines offered: Arts and Sciences - non science, Spanish (SPAN)
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 2017
Program Dates: June 2017


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 

During this 3-week immersion course, students will improve their Spanish language skills in an environment that stimulates critical thinking and the acquisition of the theoretical and methodological tools they will use to identify and analyze the major challenges affecting the region. One of the principal objectives underlying the design of this course is to create spaces where students actively engage in authentic community activities, with personal commitment and openness. The communities of focus will be those who are on the sidelines of global economic integration. 

This course is constructed around three themes or strands that will guide learning and reflection: Education, Health and the Environment. I. Education: With the coordination assistance and support of the Guatemalan universities and centers for education that will be visited, students will take part in the institutions’ regular activities, and have opportunities to exchange ideas of both a personal and institutional nature. II. Health: With similar types of support from the Guatemalan health sector, students will learn about Guatemalan health policy and services. They will have the opportunity to interact with local health authorities (doctors and administrators), and learn about problems affecting the population in general, and those who are most vulnerable, Guatemala’s indigenous peoples. III. Environment: Through guided visits to natural parks and plantations for coffee, macadamia and other commercially profitable products, students will be introduced to the ecology of the region and threats to it posed by the unsustainable exploitation of resources and environmental mismanagement. 


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.