Guatemala - Quetzaltenango

The Guatemala program will not be offered Spring of 2022; it will next be offered Spring of 2023.

Experience immersion in and intensive study of Spanish language and Latin American culture on the Guatemala Program. CSB/SJU students live and study in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, in the Guatemalan highlands. More commonly known as Xela (the ancient Mayan name for the city), this university town is surrounded by Quiche and Mam indigenous villages and is near the beautiful Santa Maria and Santiaguito volcanoes.

Explore complete Guatemala-Quetzaltenango Program details on the CSBSJU-Global Portal.

Academics

The academic program has two phases. During the first five week phase (Phase I), students focus on language learning through daily, intensive, one-on-one instruction in Spanish. During the second ten week phase (Phase II), students continue with 3 to 4 days a week of one-on-one Spanish instruction, and add 1 to 2 elective courses from a range of subjects: Theater of the Oppressed, Mayan culture, and Central American history. During Phase II, students also start their service learning placements. The Study Abroad Seminar course, group activities, and program excursions span both phases. The program serves students of Spanish, Latino/Latin American Studies, Peace Studies and a wide range of humanities and social sciences. The program is offered in 2 tracks:

Guatemala Studies Track, registration includes:
  • 4 cr. Study Abroad Seminar
  • 4 cr. Spanish language course at the appropriate level during Phase I
  • 4 cr. Spanish language course at the appropriate level during Phase II*
  • 4-8 cr. Elective course(s)

* Students who complete HISP 312 prior to study abroad will take HISP 363 during Phase I; during Phase II they will not take a Spanish language course for credit, but instead will enroll in 2 elective courses for 8 credits

Pre-Health Track, registration includes:
  • 4 cr. Study Abroad Seminar
  • 4 cr. Spanish language course at the appropriate level during Phase I
  • 4 cr. Medical Spanish language course at the appropriate level during Phase II
  • 4 cr. Elective course
  • 2 cr. Public Health Issues Course (taught in English)
Courses:
  • COLG 385 - Study Abroad Seminar (4 cr) (IC/EL)
  • HISP 215 - Intermediate Spanish I (4 cr)
  • HISP 216 - Intermediate Spanish II (4 cr)
  • HISP 265 - Intermediate Medical Spanish Abroad (4 cr)
  • HISP 315 - Spanish Conversation Abroad (4 cr)
  • HISP 316 - Spanish Composition Abroad (4 cr)
  • HISP 363 - Advanced Spanish Abroad (4 cr)
  • HISP 365 - Advanced Medical Spanish Abroad (4 cr)
  • COLG 362 - Public Health Issues in Guatemala (2 cr)
  • HISP 356D/HISP 324 - Guatemalan History (4 cr) (HIST registration carries HM)
  • HISP 356F - Taking the Stage, Taking Action: Theater of the Oppressed (FA)

For course descriptions, refer to the CSBSJU-Global Portal.

Accommodations

Participants live one-to-a-family in homes in Guatemala. Meals are provided in their home. This meal arrangement covers the duration of the academic program and is included in the cost of the program. On excursions the director will arrange for some group meals, but students will be responsible for other meals.

Financial Considerations

During a semester abroad, CSB/SJU students pay the same tuition as if on campus. Instead of paying CSB/SJU Housing and Meal Plan, all students studying abroad pay an Education Abroad Program Fee.  Find Program Fee information on the CSBSJU-Global Portal

Students should plan early for a successful study abroad experience.  Financial aid and scholarships may be available to help with the program costs, but must be searched out well in advance.

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