Quetzaltenango or Xela is Guatemala’s second-largest city and is the main population center of the country’s K’iche’ Mayans. Xela is a university town with one large state university (San Carlos de Guatemala) and six private universities. Throughout Quetzaltenango there are old classical buildings and monuments. The contrast between the old and the new is especially visible in the center of the city around “Parque Central”.
What is included:
- Roundtrip airline ticket, Birmingham-Guatemala*.
- Ground transportation Guatemala City – Xela
- UM tuition for 3 undergraduate credits for students with a minor or major other than Spanish or 6 undergraduate credits for Spanish minor or major students
- Lodging and three meals with families
- 4-day excursion to Tikal and Antigua
- Not included: Passport application fees, health insurance, books, and personal expenses
Spanish students will improve their second language linguistics skills—listening and speaking–and gain confidence as lived in the Guatemalan culture. At the same time, all UM students will gain a comprehensive perspective of geography and anthropology of Guatemala as part of Mesoamerica. This interdisciplinary program will offer UM students the opportunity to apply, on a first-hand basis, their understanding on issues such as ethnicity, historical geography, religion, human rights, and globalization.
SPN 370/SPN 302 Grammar and Composition (3 credit hours)
This course emphasizes development of technical command of Spanish through grammar review, amplification of vocabulary, short writing exercises, and compositions.This class will be taught in Spanish and for Spanish majors and minors
SPN 370 Cultures of Guatemala (3 credit hours)
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the history, and current issues in Guatemala.
Students must be in good standing and have either a minor or major in Spanish (at least have completed the 200 level or above or the equivalent in BACHE institutions) or a minor or major in History, Social Sciences, Social Work, and Political Science.
If the student is eligible, all financial aid arrangements in the University of Montevallo continue in Mexico. Also, remember that you may be able to save some money by canceling your automobile insurance while you are away.For more information contact Maria Parker at 665-6048.
If you do not currently have a passport that will remain valid for at least six months after your return, you should begin the process of obtaining one as soon as you are selected, since it can sometimes take six weeks or more. You can now do this at several post offices in the Birmingham area, including Pelham.
Please consult with Director of the trip.
Dr. Leonor Vázquez-González
Department of Foreign Languages, Station 6410
Montevallo, AL 35115