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Maya Mexico Winter

Dates

December 26, 2018 – January 7, 2019

Cost

$2,575 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Anthropology, History, Honors & Spanish

Deadlines

June 1, 2018: Apply Early & Save $100
Sept. 15, 2018: 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 except SPAN 306. 

Accommodations: Hotels, 2-4 students per room

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

Director: Dr. John Dizgun

Courses

All courses are taught in English, except SPAN 306, and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1 course.

HON 300 Topics: Ancient & Modern Mexico

Dr. John Dizgun

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 Topics: Peoples & Cultures of Mexico

Dr. Andrea Abrams

Explores the intersections of ethnicity and gender with tourism. Employing anthropological fieldwork methods such as mapping, participant observation and interviews, we analyze the construction and lived experience of being Mexican. In particular, we examine how varied ethnic and racial identities, such as Maya or mestizo, have evolved over time and how gender makes a difference to the understanding and performance of those identities.

 

HIST 490 Topics: Markets, Memory & Murals in Mexico

Dr. Luis Sierra

Examines the history and culture of Mexico in three dimensions. In the Yucatan and Mexico City, we explore Mayan, Teotihuacán, and Mexica living built environments and symbolic spaces, walk various archeological and historical sites, and assess these civilizations as we see them. The course will orient students to Mexican environmental and urban history, and enable students hands-on, exploration, observation, and analysis of the built environment.

SPAN 306 Spanish Abroad: Mexican Culture & Identity

Dr. Laura Hunt

This course requires all coursework to be done in Spanish. We examine the complexity of Mexican heritage by studying works of literature, art from the muralismo mexicano movement, and important historical figures. We conduct on-site observation and analysis of (e.g. Maya, Aztec, and Teotihuacán) archaeological sites. Students consider the competing tensions throughout Mexico’s history that have influenced regional and national identity, including the impact of tourism, economics, politics, and social change.

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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Dates

December 26, 2018 – January 7, 2019

Cost

$2,575 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Anthropology, History, Honors & Spanish

Deadlines

June 1, 2018: Apply Early & Save $100
Sept. 15, 2018: 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 except SPAN 306. 

Accommodations: Hotels, 2-4 students per room

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

Director: Dr. John Dizgun

Courses

All courses are taught in English, except SPAN 306, and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1 course.

HON 300 Topics: Ancient & Modern Mexico

Dr. John Dizgun

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 Topics: Peoples & Cultures of Mexico

Dr. Andrea Abrams

Explores the intersections of ethnicity and gender with tourism. Employing anthropological fieldwork methods such as mapping, participant observation and interviews, we analyze the construction and lived experience of being Mexican. In particular, we examine how varied ethnic and racial identities, such as Maya or mestizo, have evolved over time and how gender makes a difference to the understanding and performance of those identities.

 

HIST 490 Topics: Markets, Memory & Murals in Mexico

Dr. Luis Sierra

Examines the history and culture of Mexico in three dimensions. In the Yucatan and Mexico City, we explore Mayan, Teotihuacán, and Mexica living built environments and symbolic spaces, walk various archeological and historical sites, and assess these civilizations as we see them. The course will orient students to Mexican environmental and urban history, and enable students hands-on, exploration, observation, and analysis of the built environment.

SPAN 306 Spanish Abroad: Mexican Culture & Identity

Dr. Laura Hunt

This course requires all coursework to be done in Spanish. We examine the complexity of Mexican heritage by studying works of literature, art from the muralismo mexicano movement, and important historical figures. We conduct on-site observation and analysis of (e.g. Maya, Aztec, and Teotihuacán) archaeological sites. Students consider the competing tensions throughout Mexico’s history that have influenced regional and national identity, including the impact of tourism, economics, politics, and social change.

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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