The spring break study abroad program will introduce you to the rich cultural history of the Yucatan Peninsula. In so doing, you will gain an understanding and appreciation for past and contemporary Maya peoples, their achievements and struggles. You will visit an archaeological site where Dr. Glover is actively conducting research 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, you will learn about 2000 years of cultural history. Upon completing the study abroad program, you 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. This will be a unique experience that will hopefully spark your interest in archaeology and love of different cultures, past and present. We will meet once or twice before the spring break trip and then you will be responsible for completing course assignments within a month of return from the trip.
There will be a few class sessions prior to departure, where the program's coursework will be discussed, and students will receive important pre-departure information about health, safety & insurance. There will also be at least one class session held after returning to Atlanta for debriefing.
Day 1 - Arrive Cancun on the 9th of March (midday), pick-up rental van, and head to Chiquila and visit Vista Alegre
Day 2 - Head to Merida Visit Mundo Maya Museum and have afternoon free for shopping and exploring
Day 3 - Head to Calakmul (long drive), visit Mayapan, and stay at hotel in Calakmul Biosphere Reserve
Day 4 - Visit Calakmul and stay at hotel by Lake Bacalar
Day 5 - Head to Valladolid, visit Caste War museum, visit cenote near Valladolid, and stay at hotel in Valladolid
Day 6 - Visit Chichen Itza and stay at Condos/Hotels in Akumal
Day 7 - Visit Tulum and head to the airport for return to Atlanta
Program participants will stay in double-occupancy hotels in the towns near the places we are visiting. Some of them might be more rustic than others.
The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students who meet all academic requirements of the Georgia State University College of Arts and Science. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director. Please note: preference is given to students nearing graduation.
- Transient students should visit the Transient Student tab on the How to Apply page of our website
- 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.
Participants who successfully complete the program's (ANTH 4888/6888) courses will receive (3) semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Undergraduate students should register for (ANTH 4888) and graduate students should register for (ANTH 6888). Please speak to an academic advisor concerning how these courses fulfill necessary credit requirements. Students from other institutions should follow their institution's regulations concerning transfer credits.
Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $1800, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Nonresident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.
Program Cost Includes:
- Round-trip airfare
- Hotel accommodations, double occupancy
- Travel between cities & local transit
- Selected city orientations
- Group cultural events
- Most Meals
- International insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include:
- Georgia State tuition and fees
- Passport or visa fees
- Additional meals
- Excess baggage charges and tips
- Personal expenses
- Travel not associated with the program
October 31, 2019: $300
November 15th: $500
Early January: The remaining $1000 is due along with tuition and fees
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Georgia State University students may use any financial aid they currently receive for the term they study abroad, including: Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and PLUS loans), Perkins Loan, HOPE Scholarship, and other scholarships. Please note: due to federal regulations, these funds are not available in time to use for your initial payments!
Georgia State University students may be eligible for the IEF Scholarship
and the International Access Scholarship
- Meet the eligibility requirements
- Are accepted into a program
- Pay a deposit by the deposit deadline
will be considered for these scholarships based upon the program application they submit. Visit the scholarship page on our website
or stop by the Study Abroad Programs Office for advisement to learn more about
other scholarship opportunities
& financial aid for study abroad
Study Abroad Advising
Interested in studying abroad, but not quite sure where to get started? Meeting with a Peer Advisor
is your first step in studying abroad! All of our Peer Advisors have study abroad experience and can help you define your goals for studying abroad and point you to resources to make your study abroad experience a success. After you meet with a Peer Advisor to learn the basics about studying abroad, you are eligible to come in to meet with a Study Abroad Advisor
during walk-in advising hours. Study Abroad Advisors are here to guide you through the entire study abroad process, from choosing a program and applying to scholarships to making sure you're readjusting to life back on campus when you return. To view our current advising schedule, please visit our website
Study Abroad Programs Office
Georgia State University
Dahlberg Hall, 3rd Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303