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MAYMESTER: ANCIENT & COLONIAL HERITAGE IN LATIN AMERICA: CULTURAL TREASURES OF THE MAYA

 

Based at Casa Herrera, UT Austin's educational and research facility in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Antigua, Guatemala - this program offers an interdisciplinary overview of the heritage of Central America through Maya and Colonial culture and history in Guatemala and Belize. Coursework relies on hands-on observation. As is such, students will travel extensively throughout Guatemala and Belize to experience archaeological sites, museums, villages, cooperative businesses, natural reserves and protected ecosystems, and will be matched with local family stays for their time in Antigua.

Students will interact with contemporary Maya people and learn about a civilization spanning thousands of years from the latest research in archaeology, history, linguistics, and anthropology. Additionally, students will examine how current Maya and people from other ethnic backgrounds continue to adapt to changing global settings.

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Sponsored by College of Fine Arts

Course(s)

  • ARH 347M / GRG 356T / LAS 327.5 / ANT 324L - Maya Art and Architecture and
    L A 119 - Maymester Seminar: Guatemala

Academic Information

Program fulfills VAPA requirement, counts toward IRG Culture, Media & the Arts track, and carries the GC flag. Student earn four hours of in-residence credit upon successful completion of program coursework. Maymester courses are part of the UT spring semester registration. Courses must be taken for grade and are factored into the UT GPA.

Faculty

ARH 347M/ LAS 327.5 / ANT 324 / GRG 356T taught by Dr. Astrid Runggaldier, Assistant Director, The Mesoamerica Center/ Assistant Professor, UT Deptartment of Art and Art History, COFA.

Language(s) of Instruction

English

Eligibility

Service Learning/Internship

  • Service Learning - No
  • Internship - No

Housing

In Antigua, students stay in homestays (likely 2 per home), each within walking distance of UT teaching facility (Casa Herrera). Host families provide three meals per day. During travel, students stay in hotels & hostels. Student are required to live in program housing.

Open To

Students from all colleges and schools

Program Cost

2020 Program fee: TBD. 2019 Program Fee: $3725. Fee includes housing, 3 meals per day, excursions, in-country transportation & instructional costs, cell phone, and on-site orientation. Program fee does not include airfare, books, insurance, and personal expenses.

Program Dates:

- Maymester
  • June 5, 2019 to July 2, 2019
  • Final Deadline: November 15, 2019

Application Code

355081

Additional Resources

Program Website
Scholarships
Blog

Next Step

Learn more by attending an information session (9/26 from 2-3PM @TBD; 10/8 from 4-5PM @TBD; 10/25 from 11AM-12PM @TBD), meeting with the professor, program coordinator, or a peer adviser. For more info contact Christian Fredericks at cfredericks@austin.utexas.edu.

Program information above is subject to change