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Maya Mexico Winter

Dates

December 26, 2020 – January 7, 2021
Program Cancelled
(to return in Winter 2021-2022)

Cost

$2,650 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Honors, History, Spanish

Deadlines

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

Program Overview

During this winter study abroad, we spend four days in Mexico City, six in the tranquil and culturally-vibrant southern Mexican city of Oaxaca, and the final two in the neighboring Pacific beach town of Huatulco. In Mexico City, academic excursions include the Zocalo and Historic Center, the original artwork of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, the National Anthropological Museum, the city’s rich markets and diverse neighborhoods, the famous temples of Teotihuacan, and a Lucha Libre night. In Oaxaca, we explore street art, the famous archaeological sites of Monte Alban and Mitla, textile and weaving villages, vivid markets, and unique Hierve el Agua. The program concludes in a Pacific beach enclave with a program focus on sustainability. Throughout, we employ a “Place as Text” teaching methodology, which inserts students into social environments and fosters close observation of the local culture. Note: items mentioned above are subject to change.

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. This course is taught in English.

HIST 490 Topics: Mexico, Past and Present

Dr. Luis Sierra

This study abroad course, designed for students coming from all majors, asks, how can examining Mexico’s rich historical past help us better understand the Mexico of today.  Our exploration will identify the relationship between past and present using a wide range of cultural expression including archaeological and religious sites, monuments, sporting events, museums, and markets as well as media, graffiti, food, and fashion. Mexico’s Pre-Colombian, colonial, and national histories all affect the present in myriad ways. This course is taught in English.

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

Campeche

Campeche is a beautiful city, rich with history, and it is a UNESCO world heritage site. The brightly painted pastel buildings and cobblestone streets make it a lovely place to walk and enjoy the colonial architecture. Students enjoy strolling the gulf coast, visits to nearby fort San Miguel and a museum containing unique Mayan artifacts.

Cenote Ik Kil

Students love swimming in this dreamlike cenote, a beautiful underground swimming hole rich with lush green vines. Cenotes were spiritually important to the Maya, and there are many theories about their significance to death rituals, fertility offerings, and a connection to the underworld.

Historical Center in Mérida, Mexico

Students visit the historic downtown of Mérida to experience the market, colonial architecture, and amazing local food. One of the highlights is a visit to the Palacio del Gobierno, which houses murals depicting the regional history of the Maya and Spanish, painted by local artist Fernando Castro Pacheco.

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 the program locations (including flight transfer in Mexico) 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, Lexington, or Louisville.

If not selecting the group flight, you are responsible to purchase your own multi-city international flight and Mexico internal flight transfer. You will be provided the group’s flight itinerary and instructions on the internal flight transfer.

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, 2020 – January 7, 2021
Program Cancelled
(to return in Winter 2021-2022)

Cost

$2,650 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Honors, History, Spanish

Deadlines

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

Program Overview

During this winter study abroad, we spend four days in Mexico City, six in the tranquil and culturally-vibrant southern Mexican city of Oaxaca, and the final two in the neighboring Pacific beach town of Huatulco. In Mexico City, academic excursions include the Zocalo and Historic Center, the original artwork of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, the National Anthropological Museum, the city’s rich markets and diverse neighborhoods, the famous temples of Teotihuacan, and a Lucha Libre night. In Oaxaca, we explore street art, the famous archaeological sites of Monte Alban and Mitla, textile and weaving villages, vivid markets, and unique Hierve el Agua. The program concludes in a Pacific beach enclave with a program focus on sustainability. Throughout, we employ a “Place as Text” teaching methodology, which inserts students into social environments and fosters close observation of the local culture. Note: items mentioned above are subject to change.

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. This course is taught in English.

HIST 490 Topics: Mexico, Past and Present

Dr. Luis Sierra

This study abroad course, designed for students coming from all majors, asks, how can examining Mexico’s rich historical past help us better understand the Mexico of today.  Our exploration will identify the relationship between past and present using a wide range of cultural expression including archaeological and religious sites, monuments, sporting events, museums, and markets as well as media, graffiti, food, and fashion. Mexico’s Pre-Colombian, colonial, and national histories all affect the present in myriad ways. This course is taught in English.

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

Campeche

Campeche is a beautiful city, rich with history, and it is a UNESCO world heritage site. The brightly painted pastel buildings and cobblestone streets make it a lovely place to walk and enjoy the colonial architecture. Students enjoy strolling the gulf coast, visits to nearby fort San Miguel and a museum containing unique Mayan artifacts.

Cenote Ik Kil

Students love swimming in this dreamlike cenote, a beautiful underground swimming hole rich with lush green vines. Cenotes were spiritually important to the Maya, and there are many theories about their significance to death rituals, fertility offerings, and a connection to the underworld.

Historical Center in Mérida, Mexico

Students visit the historic downtown of Mérida to experience the market, colonial architecture, and amazing local food. One of the highlights is a visit to the Palacio del Gobierno, which houses murals depicting the regional history of the Maya and Spanish, painted by local artist Fernando Castro Pacheco.

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 the program locations (including flight transfer in Mexico) 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, Lexington, or Louisville.

If not selecting the group flight, you are responsible to purchase your own multi-city international flight and Mexico internal flight transfer. You will be provided the group’s flight itinerary and instructions on the internal flight transfer.

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

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