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  • Locations: Antigua, Guatemala; Nahuala, Guatemala
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/01/2019 03/15/2019 06/16/2019 07/27/2019
Program Description:
Guatemala Summer
Mayan Language Institute in Guatemala
Intensive Summer Language & Culture Program in K’iche’ and Kaqchikel
June 16 – July 27, 2019
 
About the Program:
The Mayan Language Institute is a six-week intensive language immersion program in Kaqchikel Maya and K’iche’ Maya. Students study with both U.S. faculty and native speakers and participate on cultural activities, lectures, discussions, and excursions. With more than 1.5 million K’iche’ and Kaqchikel speakers in Guatemala, the goal of the institute is to help students develop and advance proficiency in their chosen language and to gain a better understanding of the cultural and political contexts that have affected the historical development and preservation of the language. Efforts to protect these languages are playing a pivotal role in the Mayan struggle to regain control over their political and cultural destiny.

Students pursuing K’iche’ Maya will spend one week in Antigua and five weeks in Nahualá, and will be placed with local family homestays. Students pursuing Kaqchikel Maya will spend six weeks in Antigua and will be responsible for finding their own local lodging accommodations and meals. Classes in Antigua will take place at the Proyecto Lingüístico Francisco Marroquín (PLFM), a language school founded in 1969 whose mission is to teach, investigate, and preserve Mayan languages and culture. Students are encouraged to extend their stay in Guatemala beyond the program end date to continue developing their language skills.

 
Courses Offered
Students will take one language course and one culture course.
Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced Kaqchikel or K’iche’ Maya language (three 6000-level ANTH credits)
Kaqchikel or K’iche’ Maya Culture (three 6000-level ANTH credits)
K'iche' Maya Program Cost: $6,300
Cost Includes: $5,000 Tuition and $1,300 Housing & Logistics Fees
Included:
Six Tulane credits (transferable to other universities), local family home-stays (one week in Antigua; five weeks in Nahualá) and three meals per day (except Sundays), medical insurance, transportation to/from the airport (GUA), and specialized group activities and excursions.

Not Included:
Airfare to/from Antigua (GUA), extra meals, and incidental costs, such as laundry, passport/visa fees, vaccinations, etc., are not included in the program cost.

 
Kaqchikel Maya Program Cost: $5,800
Cost Includes: $5,000 Tuition and $800 Logistics Fees
Cost Includes:
Six Tulane credits (transferable to other universities), medical insurance, transportation to/from the airport (GUA), and specialized group activities and excursions.

Not Included:
Airfare to/from Antigua (GUA), housing and meals, and incidental costs, such as laundry, passport/visa fees, vaccinations, etc., are not included in the program cost. Students will be responsible for finding their own housing for six weeks in Antigua
If you need assistance finding housing in Antigua, please contact the Kaqchikel Program Director, Professor Judie Maxwell.

Program Eligibility:
Student applicants must be in good academic standing and have at least a current cumulative grade point average of 2.5. Non-Tulane students are welcome to apply, but should confirm with their home university that their credits will transfer. Students should have some level of Spanish proficiency; previous study in either Kaqchikel or K’iche’ is required for intermediate or advanced coursework. Students should be flexible and prepared for living conditions in Guatemala.
Scholarships:
With funding for the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies is able to offer a special fellowship program to a select group of students. This program qualifies as a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS)-approved program with 140 contact hours of language instruction. For more information on application procedures, eligible students interested in applying should visit the Summer in Brazil webpage and see the section on Scholarships: http://stonecenter.tulane.edu/page/MLI

The FLAS Fellowship application deadline is February 2019. Note that the fellowship application and the program application are separate applications.

 
Program Applications:
Due March 1, 2019
Complete applications will include:
- Student’s general and academic information
- Personal statement
- Official copy of transcript
- Copy of front page of passport
- One recommendation
- $50 application deposit
 
For questions about this program, please contact:
Laura Wise-Person, Program Manager
Stone Center of Latin American Studies
100 Jones Hall
Tulane University
(P) 504.862.8629 (F) 504.865.6719
sclassum@tulane.edu
 
Please visit the program’s webpage at: http://stonecenter.tulane.edu/page/MLI