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  • Locations: Antigua, Guatemala; Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
  • Program Terms: Maymester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
Guatemalan Educational Adventure
Dates of Program: 05/14/2018 - 05/29/2018

Credit Units: Up to 6 hours

Sponsor(s) of Program: Department of ESL and World Languages, Americas Council

The Guatemalan Educational Experience study abroad program is a two week, hybrid online program in May that immerses students in Latin American culture in the heart of the Mayan civilization. Students may take up to 3 credit hours and choose from a variety of courses.
First, we will fly to Guatemala City and take a bus to Lake Atitlán, located amongst volcanos in the Guatemalan highlands. Excursions around the lake include archeology museums, markets, locally run textile and gardening co-ops, and tours of Mayan villages, as well as a service learning project at a local school. Optional activities include horseback riding, kayaking, hiking, swimming, and shopping.
Next is Antigua, a city in central Guatemala that has maintained its colonial architecture. We will visit a coffee plantation and a chocolate factory. Activities include a night of professionally taught salsa dancing and a volcano climb with optional horseback riding.
Finally, we travel to the rainforest lowlands where the Mayan culture flourished for centuries in the city of Tikal, now one of the largest pre-Columbian archeological sites. We will visit the ruins for two days and have an optional canopy zip-lining experience.
We will return before the summer semester starts and finish up the coursework online following the summer schedule.

In Lake Atitlán, we will stay at “La Casa del Mundo,” a hotel on the side of a mountain and accessible only by boat that provides double-occupancy rooms with lake views and gourmet cuisine.In Antigua, we will stay at “Posada San Vicente,” a small hotel with colonial architecture and double occupancy rooms. A nice courtyard and rooftop area provide classroom and gathering space. Most activities are in walking distance.
Near Tikal we will stay in multiple occupancy bungalows located on Lake Petén Itzá, and will travel bus to the Tikal ruins.

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.

Any student of the University System of Georgia in “Good Academic Standing” (2.0 GPA) is eligible to apply. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.

Students may take up to two 6 credit hours courses, including:
Elementary Spanish II (SPAN 1002)
Intermediate Spanish I (SPAN 2001)
World Religions (RELS 2001)
Critical Thinking (PHIL 1010)
Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.

The program cost is tentatively set at $2,150
, regular Georgia State tuition and fees. The program cost does not include tuition, dinners, optional non-educational outings, or personal spending money. Non- resident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to program cost. For more information on what the program cost does and does not include, please visit the program webpage.

Program Cost Includes
• Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance

Program Cost Does Not Include
• Georgia State tuition and fees
• Passport
• Optional excursions
• Personal expenses and excess baggage charges


02/15/2018: $600 First Payment
03/01/2018: $950 Second payment
03/19/2018 $600 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.

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 select 'Apply Now' and begin an online application. Transient Students: please see the How to Apply section under the Prospective Student tab.

Application Deadline: 02/15/2018

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.

Program Director: Stewart Goodman
Office address: Georgia State University Perimeter College Decatur Campus SB-2261
Telephone: 678-891-2389

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.