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  • Locations: Akumal, Mexico; CancĂșn, Mexico; Chiquila, Mexico; Izamal, Mexico; Merida, Mexico; Piste, Mexico; Valladolid, Mexico
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
Dates of Program: March 12-19, 2016
Credit Units: 3
Sponsor(s) of Program: Department of Anthropology

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This program introduces students to the cultural heritage of the Yucatan Peninsula.  In so doing, the students will gain an understanding and appreciation for past and contemporary Maya peoples, their achievements and struggles.  The students will visit an active archaeological dig to learn about the archaeological process and then visit archaeological sites maintained by the federal government (INAH).  These sites will help demonstrate in an experiential way the importance and impact that cultural heritage can have.  In traveling across the Yucatan, the students will be learning about over 2000 years of cultural history and reading archaeological reports about the sites we visit.  Upon completing the study abroad program, the students will have spent a week walking among ancient Maya ruins while conversing with modern descendants of the people who built the pyramids and scholars who try and work out what life was like for the people who inhabited these past places.  In so doing, they will be interacting with locals and benefitting from the professor’s 16 years of work in the area.  They will have a unique experience that will hopefully spark an interest in becoming a more global citizen.
As we travel across the Yucatan Peninsula, we will stay in hotels near the sites we are visiting.  These are included in the program fee.
Students with documented disabilities who may need accommodations during their study abroad experience should discuss these needs with the Program Director and the Office of Disability Services at the time of application.
The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students who meet all academic requirements of Georgia State University College of Arts and Sciences.  Program size is limited to 10 students and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.  If more than 10 students apply, preference will go toward more senior students.
Example: Participants who successfully complete the program’s (number) courses will receive (number) semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Undergraduate students should register for (course #) and graduate students should register for (course #). Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.
Students will receive three credit hours for the course (ANTH 4980/6980 – Special Topics)
Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $1450, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Non-resident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.
I am still working on this but a tentative number is $1400 and $1500
Program Cost Includes
  •            Round-trip airfare (ATL – CUN)
  •             All ground transportation, excursions and entrance fees to museums and archaeological sites
  •             Hotels
  •             First night dinner, first morning breakfast
  •             2 breakfasts in Merida
  •             All meals at Kiuic (Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch)
  •             Final night dinner at Akumal
  •             Modest honorarium for guest speakers
Program Cost Does Not Include
  •             Meals not mentioned above (4 dinners, 3 breakfasts, and lunches)
  •             Personal expenses (snacks, etc…)
  •             Baggage fees on flight
  •             Transportation getting to and from the Atlanta airport
November 23: $250 Deposit with application
January 12th: $1200 Remaining Balance
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
Program Deposit Payments: Participants will pay program deposits by logging into PAWS.  Please contact your Program Director to confirm that a Program Deposit Account has been established for this purpose before you attempt to make a payment in PAWS.
Program Payments and Remaining Program Balance:  Other than the initial program deposit, all program payments—along with the remaining program balance—will be billed directly to your student account.  Please refer to the Academic/Registration calendar for the tuition and fees deadline.
Georgia State University students are eligible to apply for the IEF Study Abroad Scholarship/Georgia State University Foundation Scholarship and may be eligible to apply for the Global Experience Scholarship. Visit and select the Scholarships & Financial Aid tab or call the Study Abroad Programs office at (404) 413-2529 for more information.
Students interested in applying should find this program’s listing at and begin an online application. Transient Students: please see the Transients Student section under the Explore & Apply tab.
Application Deadline: November 23, 2015  
International students at Georgia State who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at (404) 413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status.
Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.
Day 1 (Saturday, March 12th): 
Leave Atlanta (8:30 AM) – Arrive Cancun (11 AM)
Drive to Chiquila, Quintana Roo
Take a boat to the archaeological site of Vista Alegre
Dinner in Chiquila (included)
Spend the night in Chiquila
Day 2 (Sunday, March 13th):
Depart Chiquila
Drive to Merida (experience “Domingo en Merida”)
Visit Izamal and/or Ake en route to Merida.
Spend the night in Merida – Casa Millsaps (Breakfast included)
Day 3 (Monday, March 14th):
Visit Mayapan
Visit Museum and UADY/INAH in Merida
Spend the night in Merida – Casa Millsaps (Breakfast included)
Day 4 (Tuesday, March 15th):
Visit Uxmal
Visit Kiuic
Spend the night at the Kiuic lodge (Dinner and Breakfast included)
Day 5 (Wednesday, March 16th):
Visit Chichen Itza
Lecture by Maya Artisans / Open School of Ethnography and Anthropology (OESA)
Spend the night in Piste or Valladolid
Day 6 (Thursday, March 17th):
Visit Ek Balam in the morning
Lunch in Valladolid
Spend the night in Akumal
Day 7 (Friday, March 18th):
Visit Coba
Spend the night in Akumal
Day 8 (Saturday, March 19th):
Visit Tulum
Return flight back to Atlanta (2:55 or 4:30 PM flight)
Program Director:          Jeffrey B. Glover
Office address:               340b Sparks Hall
Telephone:                     404-413-5164
Because program size is limited, early application is strongly advised. Individual interviews may be scheduled with students upon receipt of application.

This program is currently not accepting applications.