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SYE Abroad 2015 - Guatemala: Antigua (Intersession)
Antigua, Guatemala (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Intersession
This program is currently not accepting applications.
PROGRAM COST Intersession
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Intersession 2015 10/01/2014
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Rolling Admission 01/03/2015 01/23/2015

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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Undergraduate
Program Description:

 

GUATEMALA: Antigua

Second Year Experience (SYE) Abroad

Engage: Build Community within an Ancient Culture

Intersession 2015

ORIGINAL APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 5, 2014
EXTENDED APPLICATION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 17, 2014


PROGRAM LOCATION
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).


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

While in Guatemala, students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the local community by participating in some community service activities. Learn more about this rich, ancient culture by building relationships with each other and the communities within Antigua. The Second Year Experience Abroad (SYE Abroad) program is an innovative early college study abroad experience designed specifically for sophomore students at the University of San Diego. The program has two key components:
  1. Academic Component- For the academic component, students take one three-unit course in various disciplines taught by USD faculty.  Faculty tailor the course to incorporate the international site and also lead academic site visits around the host city, which complement in-class instruction.
  2. Intercultural Learning Component- The co-curricular intercultural learning component is led by USD student affairs professionals and enhances the cultural experience by guiding students through personal and cultural reflection. Students compose a Host Culture Learning Plan (HCLP), where they write a short analysis on the cultural component of their choice.  Students begin the HCLP component during the pre-departure fall seminars and complete it on-site prior to the program end date.  Student Affairs professionals help guide the students through the HCLP in small group reflections, which are also held in the fall seminars and while abroad. 
In the fall 2014 semester, students will participate in three seminars, which include networking opportunities between students, faculty, and student affairs professionals, cultural guest speakers, and general pre-departure information. 
For the SYE ABROAD 2015 PROGRAM, these semiars will be:
Thursday, September 25, 12:30-2:00pm- SOLES West Plaza (outside next to Berts Bistro)
Tuesday, November 4, 12:30-2:00pm- Warren Auditorium (SOLES)
Tuesday, December 2, 12:30-2:00pm- Warren Auditorium (SOLES) 

Please mark your calendars!

COURSE INFORMATION

PHIL 330- Ethics
Professor: Professor Tyler Hower
Pre-requisites: None
Fulfills: Ethics core
Course Description: We will explore issues of justice, inequality, oppression, individual and communal rights, and cross-national responsibilities looking at the history of Guatemala, its peoples, and their neighbors from the Mayans through Spanish colonization, independence, the three-decade civil war to the contemporary situation. The city, its material history, and its people will combine with philosophical and other writings—bookended by Bartolomé de las Casas and Rigoberta Menchú—to focus our discussions and exploration.

SPAN 201- Third Semester Spanish
Professor: Dr. Martin Repinecz
Pre-requisites: SPAN 102, 103, or equivalent, or through USD placement exam; It is the students' responsibility to ensure they have completed the pre-requisites by the program start date.  Placement exams are only valid for ONE YEAR, so students need to make sure their placement exam results are valid for January 2015.
Fulfills: Third semester language competency core
Course Description: The final course of the core language sequence completes the introduction of the basic structures of the language, with continuing emphasis on communicative proficiency. Students will participate in community service-learning and/or cultural activities within the local Spanish speaking community. 


EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

During the three-week SYE Abroad program in Guatemala, students will have the opportunity to take advantage of several cultural activities (to be announced), a day trip (to be announced), and an overnight excursion (to be announced). 


COST

For a detailed description of program costs please see the Program Cost in the box at the top of this webpage. Click on the link which corresponds to the term you plan to study abroad.


HOUSING

All students will be housed in a local hotel in either double or triple-occupancy rooms.
 

INFORMATION FOR ENROLLED STUDENTS
 

ARRIVING TO ANTIGUA
All students will need to fly into Guatemala City.  Students who arrive to Guatemala City between 4:00pm and 8:00pm (in line with the unofficial group flights- see below) will be met at the airport by USD staff and will be transported to Antigua (included in program fee), which is 45 minutes away from Guatemala City.  It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that students arrive to the Guatemala City airport NO LATER than 8:15pm on January 3. Students arriving outside of these pick-up hours should inform Derek Brendel (dbrendel@sandiego.edu) immediately so they can be advised on how to arrive to Antigua independently. Students traveling independently from Guatemala City to Antigua will be responsible for the cost of this transport.

FLIGHTS
After students' application status has been changed to "Enrolled", they have been fully admitted to the study abroad program and can therefore proceed to purchase thier flight.  Only students whose application status is listed as "Enrolled" have been cleared to purchase thier flights.  

Unofficial Group Flights
As part of the SYE Abroad program, USD organizes an UNOFFICIAL GROUP FLIGHT for program participants.  This is a flight on which USD staff members travel to the destination city with a group of students.  The unofficial group flight is OPTIONAL, and students can elect to travel on all or some of the flight segments, depending on thier departure/arrival location. It is the students' responsibility to purchase thier own ticket for travel, whether they travel on the unofficial group flight or independently.  Many students elect to return directly to San Diego after the program ends since the first day of the spring semester is the following Monday.  

How to Book a Flight on the Unofficial Group Flight
Students can proceed to book thier flights after their status is listed as "Enrolled".  It is the students' responisbility to book and pay for thier own travel on all or some of the unofficial group flight segments (see three options below).  The University of San Diego works closely with the following travel agencies and students can elect to use their services or book on thier own:

Univeral Travel- Ken Darrow
858-456-7887
ken@universaltravel1.com
*Make reference to SYE Abroad program in Antigua

STA Travel
800-535-7172
STA Travel offers an "Airfare Deposit Program" where students only need to pay $300 at the time of booking in order to secure a seat and fair.  Payment in full is due 7 days prior to departure.  Students will need to contact STA Travel directly to inquire about eligibility for this program.  
*Make reference to SYE Abroad program in Antigua

Unofficial Group Flights
 Below are the unoffficial group flight itineraries for this SYE Abroad program:

UNOFFICIAL GROUP FLIGHT- OPTION #1
Note: A USD staff member will accompany the students on the outgoing flight to Guatemala and the returning flight to San Diego
SAN DIEGO-->DALLAS-->GUATEMALA CITY-->DALLAS-->SAN DIEGO
03 JAN 15  -  SATURDAY
    AIR   AMERICAN AIRLINES    FLT:36     ECONOMY        FOOD FOR PURCHASE
          LV SAN DIEGO                    940A           EQP: MD-80
          DEPART: TERMINAL 2                             03HR 00MIN
          AR DALLAS FT WORTH              240P           NON-STOP
                                                   
    AIR   AMERICAN AIRLINES    FLT:1013   ECONOMY        FOOD FOR PURCHASE
          LV DALLAS FT WORTH              455P           EQP: BOEING 737-800
          DEPART: TERMINAL D                             03HR 05MIN
          AR GUATEMALA CITY               800P           NON-STOP
                                                   
  23 JAN 15  -  FRIDAY
    AIR   AMERICAN AIRLINES    FLT:952   ECONOMY        FOOD FOR PURCHASE
          LV GUATEMALA CITY               815A           EQP: BOEING 737-800
                                                         03HR 30MIN
          AR DALLAS FT WORTH              1220P           NON-STOP
          ARRIVE: TERMINAL D                            

    AIR   AMERICAN AIRLINES    FLT:1015   ECONOMY        FOOD FOR PURCHASE
          LV DALLAS FT WORTH              305P           EQP: MD-80
                                                         03HR 00MIN
          AR SAN DIEGO                    405P           NON-STOP
          ARRIVE: TERMINAL 2                            

 
UNOFFICIAL GROUP FLIGHT- OPTION #2
Note: A USD staff member will  the students ONLY on returning flight to San Diego.  On the outbound flight the students will be traveling without a USD staff member.  However, upon arrival to Guatemala City, the students will be met at the airport by USD staff and will be transported to the hotel in Antigua. 
SAN DIEGO-->LOS ANGELES-->GUATEMALA CITY-->LOS ANGELES-->SAN DIEGO
03 JAN 15  -  SATURDAY
    AIR   DELTA AIR LINES INC  FLT:5812   ECONOMY
          OPERATED BY COMPASS DBA DELTA CONNECTION
          LV SAN DIEGO                    625A           EQP: E75
          DEPART: TERMINAL 2                                  59MIN
          AR LOS ANGELES                  724A           NON-STOP
          ARRIVE: TERMINAL 5                           

    AIR   DELTA AIR LINES INC  FLT:746    ECONOMY        SNACK
          LV LOS ANGELES                  1030A          EQP: BOEING 757
          DEPART: TERMINAL 5                             04HR 36MIN
          AR GUATEMALA CITY               506P           NON-STOP
                                                  
  23 JAN 15  -  FRIDAY
    AIR   DELTA AIR LINES INC  FLT:1392   ECONOMY        SNACK
          LV GUATEMALA CITY               830A           EQP: BOEING 757
                                                         05HR 15MIN
          AR LOS ANGELES                  1145A          NON-STOP
          ARRIVE: TERMINAL 5    
                     
    AIR   DELTA AIR LINES INC  FLT:4504   ECONOMY
          OPERATED BY SKYWEST DBA DELTA CONNECTION
          LV LOS ANGELES                  315P           EQP: CR9
          DEPART: TERMINAL 5                                  55MIN
          AR SAN DIEGO                    410P           NON-STOP
          ARRIVE: TERMINAL 2                            


 
This program is currently not accepting applications.