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Maya Mexico Winter

Dates

December 26, 2020 – January 7, 2021

Cost

$2,650 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Honors, History, Spanish

Deadlines

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

Program Overview

During this winter study abroad, we spend four days in Mexico City and eight days in the Yucatan Peninsula in Merida and Holbox. In Mexico City, the sights include the Zocalo and Historic Center, the original artwork of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, the National Anthropological Museum, the city’s rich and diverse markets & neighborhoods, the Sanctuary of Guadalupe, and the famous temples of Teotihuacan. In the Yucatan, we explore the famous Mayan archaeological sites of Chichen Itza and Uxmal, the markets & neighborhoods of Merida, surrounding pueblos, the beautiful beach village of Holbox, and a natural Maya cenote (swimming pool).  The program concludes with a farewell dinner.  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 on Saturday, November  7, 2020 in Elizabethtown, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Director: Dr. John Dizgun

Courses

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

HON 300 Topics: Cultural Expression in Modern Mexico

Dr. John Dizgun

This study abroad course, designed for students coming from all majors, asks, how can we better understand contemporary Mexico by identifying and analyzing diverse forms of Mexican cultural expression, past and present. Sources of cultural expression include (but are not limited to) artwork, music, museums, media, sporting events, archaeological and religious sites, graffiti, food and fashion. Individually and as a group, we deconstruct the nuanced meaning, motivation, and potential influence such expression has on Mexican national identity, which, much like that of the United States, is rarely singular or static.

HIST 490 Topics: Mexico, Past and Present

Dr. Luis Sierra

This interdisciplinary course assesses the importance of history, its myths, and its realities in shaping the Mexican society.  Our readings on the Maya, Teotihuacan, the Mexica culture, will orient students to the complex roots of contemporary Mexican culture. The course will facilitate students’ exploration, observation, and analysis of Mexico’s myths and realities through its historical sites, its food production, distribution, and points of sale.

SPAN 306 Experiencing Spanish Abroad: Mexican Culture & Identity

Dr. Laura Hunt

This course introduces students to the splendor of Mexico through a study of its architecture, art, and literature from pre-Colombian times to the present day. Students explore a fascinating heritage as seen in the remarkable pyramids of ancient civilizations, the art of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Mexico City, the syncretic religious symbols in ancient monasteries in Oaxaca, and the people and stories of modern markets, city centers, small villages and tourist sites. This course is taught in Spanish.

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: $2,650 + 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

Program Director & Faculty
on-site 24/7

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of your textbooks & materials, passport fees ($145), one meal per day + personal expenses (approx. $300, or if you are an avid shopper, you may consider bringing additional funds), 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: $1,100 – $1,200

The KIIS Maya Mexico Winter program offers a group flight option where you can travel to your program locations with other students and faculty. If you choose this option, KIIS will purchase flight tickets 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 multi-city airfare.

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

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Dates

December 26, 2020 – January 7, 2021

Cost

$2,650 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Honors, History, Spanish

Deadlines

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

Program Overview

During this winter study abroad, we spend four days in Mexico City and eight days in the Yucatan Peninsula in Merida and Holbox. In Mexico City, the sights include the Zocalo and Historic Center, the original artwork of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, the National Anthropological Museum, the city’s rich and diverse markets & neighborhoods, the Sanctuary of Guadalupe, and the famous temples of Teotihuacan. In the Yucatan, we explore the famous Mayan archaeological sites of Chichen Itza and Uxmal, the markets & neighborhoods of Merida, surrounding pueblos, the beautiful beach village of Holbox, and a natural Maya cenote (swimming pool).  The program concludes with a farewell dinner.  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 on Saturday, November  7, 2020 in Elizabethtown, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Director: Dr. John Dizgun

Courses

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

HON 300 Topics: Cultural Expression in Modern Mexico

Dr. John Dizgun

This study abroad course, designed for students coming from all majors, asks, how can we better understand contemporary Mexico by identifying and analyzing diverse forms of Mexican cultural expression, past and present. Sources of cultural expression include (but are not limited to) artwork, music, museums, media, sporting events, archaeological and religious sites, graffiti, food and fashion. Individually and as a group, we deconstruct the nuanced meaning, motivation, and potential influence such expression has on Mexican national identity, which, much like that of the United States, is rarely singular or static.

HIST 490 Topics: Mexico, Past and Present

Dr. Luis Sierra

This interdisciplinary course assesses the importance of history, its myths, and its realities in shaping the Mexican society.  Our readings on the Maya, Teotihuacan, the Mexica culture, will orient students to the complex roots of contemporary Mexican culture. The course will facilitate students’ exploration, observation, and analysis of Mexico’s myths and realities through its historical sites, its food production, distribution, and points of sale.

SPAN 306 Experiencing Spanish Abroad: Mexican Culture & Identity

Dr. Laura Hunt

This course introduces students to the splendor of Mexico through a study of its architecture, art, and literature from pre-Colombian times to the present day. Students explore a fascinating heritage as seen in the remarkable pyramids of ancient civilizations, the art of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Mexico City, the syncretic religious symbols in ancient monasteries in Oaxaca, and the people and stories of modern markets, city centers, small villages and tourist sites. This course is taught in Spanish.

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: $2,650 + 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

Program Director & Faculty
on-site 24/7

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of your textbooks & materials, passport fees ($145), one meal per day + personal expenses (approx. $300, or if you are an avid shopper, you may consider bringing additional funds), 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: $1,100 – $1,200

The KIIS Maya Mexico Winter program offers a group flight option where you can travel to your program locations with other students and faculty. If you choose this option, KIIS will purchase flight tickets 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 multi-city airfare.

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

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