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SYE Abroad 2015 - Guatemala: Antigua (Intersession)
Antigua, Guatemala (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Intersession
PROGRAM COST Intersession
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Intersession 2015 09/17/2014 ** Rolling Admission 01/03/2015 01/23/2015

** 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.
Program Description:



Second Year Experience (SYE) Abroad

Engage: Build Community within an Ancient Culture

Intersession 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).


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. 


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. 


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). 


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.


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