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Maya Mexico Winter

Dates

December 26, 2019 – January 6, 2020

Cost

$2,575 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Anthropology, Art History, Honors, Photography

Deadlines

June 1: Apply Early & Save $100
Sept. 15: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

During this winter study abroad, we spend eight days in the Yucatan Peninsula and the final four days in Mexico City. In the Yucatan, we explore the famous Mayan archaeological sites of Chichen Itza and Uxmal, the markets & neighborhoods of Merida and Campeche, surrounding pueblos, the ecological reserve of Celestun, a beautiful beach village, and two natural Maya cenotes (swimming pools). In Mexico City, excursions include the Historic Center, the original artwork of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, the National Anthropological Museum & Chapultepec Castle, the city’s rich and diverse markets & neighborhoods, the Aztec Templo Mayor, and the famous temples of Teotihuacan. The program concludes with a farewell dinner and surprise cultural outing.  Throughout, we employ a “Place as Text” teaching methodology, which inserts students into social environments and fosters close observation of the local culture.

Language Requirement: None. All courses are taught in English. 

Accommodations: Hotels, 2-4 students per room

Orientation: Mandatory orientation in Elizabethtown, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Director: Dr. Chris Fulton

Courses

All courses are taught in English and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1 course.

HON 300 Topics: Art & History of Mexico

Dr. Chris Fulton

Examines Mexican society, past & present. Visit archaeological sites and learn about ancient (Maya, Aztec and Teotihuacan) social systems, religious beliefs, and cultural practices. We also actively explore contemporary Mexican identity and culture, tourism and economic development, and politics and social change. We employ a “Place as Text” approach, which inserts you into social environments and fosters close observation of the local culture.

ANTH 366 / ART 491 Topics: Visual Cultures of the Maya & Aztecs

Dr. Douglas Schaeffer

An introduction to the art, architecture, and other visual cultures of the Maya (in Yucatan) and the Aztec (in present-day Mexico City).  We focus on how changes in visual culture reflect larger religious & political transformations in Maya culture. We also examine issues of cultural memory & myth to understand indigenous conceptualizations of history, cosmology & how these shaped social, ritual & political orders. 

ART 496 Topics: Photographing Mexico

Dr. Alan Mills

Explores the people & places of Maya Mexico through the lens of a camera. You will have daily photo excursions to cities, towns, farms & archeological sites giving special attention to capturing expressive images of human subjects in social environments such as markets, schools, city streets and at work in industries & agricultural settings. We will focus on proper camera use, exposure techniques, composition & digital printmaking. 

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Prior to your KIIS program, please speak with your home campus academic advisor and/or study abroad office to determine course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in late January after the completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions

What's Included

Program Cost: $2,575 + airfare

Earn 3 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Optional)

Airport Transfers in Mexico

Accommodations

Two Meals per Day

Groups Excursions & Transport

Security Evacuation Protection

Medical Insurance

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of your textbooks & materials, passport fees ($135), one meal per day + personal expenses (approx. $300), and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

Group Flight

Estimated Cost: $1,120 – $1,150

The KIIS Maya Mexico Winter program offers a group flight option where you can travel to your program location with other students and faculty. If you choose this option, KIIS will purchase a flight ticket on your behalf. The flight cost will be added to your final program fee on November 1. The group flight will depart from Cincinnati or Louisville.

If not selecting the group flight, you are responsible to purchase your own roundtrip airfare.

Flights to/from Mexico arrive on the same day. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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Description

Dates

December 26, 2019 – January 6, 2020

Cost

$2,575 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Anthropology, Art History, Honors, Photography

Deadlines

June 1: Apply Early & Save $100
Sept. 15: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

During this winter study abroad, we spend eight days in the Yucatan Peninsula and the final four days in Mexico City. In the Yucatan, we explore the famous Mayan archaeological sites of Chichen Itza and Uxmal, the markets & neighborhoods of Merida and Campeche, surrounding pueblos, the ecological reserve of Celestun, a beautiful beach village, and two natural Maya cenotes (swimming pools). In Mexico City, excursions include the Historic Center, the original artwork of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, the National Anthropological Museum & Chapultepec Castle, the city’s rich and diverse markets & neighborhoods, the Aztec Templo Mayor, and the famous temples of Teotihuacan. The program concludes with a farewell dinner and surprise cultural outing.  Throughout, we employ a “Place as Text” teaching methodology, which inserts students into social environments and fosters close observation of the local culture.

Language Requirement: None. All courses are taught in English. 

Accommodations: Hotels, 2-4 students per room

Orientation: Mandatory orientation in Elizabethtown, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Director: Dr. Chris Fulton

Courses

All courses are taught in English and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1 course.

HON 300 Topics: Art & History of Mexico

Dr. Chris Fulton

Examines Mexican society, past & present. Visit archaeological sites and learn about ancient (Maya, Aztec and Teotihuacan) social systems, religious beliefs, and cultural practices. We also actively explore contemporary Mexican identity and culture, tourism and economic development, and politics and social change. We employ a “Place as Text” approach, which inserts you into social environments and fosters close observation of the local culture.

ANTH 366 / ART 491 Topics: Visual Cultures of the Maya & Aztecs

Dr. Douglas Schaeffer

An introduction to the art, architecture, and other visual cultures of the Maya (in Yucatan) and the Aztec (in present-day Mexico City).  We focus on how changes in visual culture reflect larger religious & political transformations in Maya culture. We also examine issues of cultural memory & myth to understand indigenous conceptualizations of history, cosmology & how these shaped social, ritual & political orders. 

ART 496 Topics: Photographing Mexico

Dr. Alan Mills

Explores the people & places of Maya Mexico through the lens of a camera. You will have daily photo excursions to cities, towns, farms & archeological sites giving special attention to capturing expressive images of human subjects in social environments such as markets, schools, city streets and at work in industries & agricultural settings. We will focus on proper camera use, exposure techniques, composition & digital printmaking. 

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Prior to your KIIS program, please speak with your home campus academic advisor and/or study abroad office to determine course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in late January after the completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions

What's Included

Program Cost: $2,575 + airfare

Earn 3 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Optional)

Airport Transfers in Mexico

Accommodations

Two Meals per Day

Groups Excursions & Transport

Security Evacuation Protection

Medical Insurance

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of your textbooks & materials, passport fees ($135), one meal per day + personal expenses (approx. $300), and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

Group Flight

Estimated Cost: $1,120 – $1,150

The KIIS Maya Mexico Winter program offers a group flight option where you can travel to your program location with other students and faculty. If you choose this option, KIIS will purchase a flight ticket on your behalf. The flight cost will be added to your final program fee on November 1. The group flight will depart from Cincinnati or Louisville.

If not selecting the group flight, you are responsible to purchase your own roundtrip airfare.

Flights to/from Mexico arrive on the same day. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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