"Montevallo in Xela"
SUMMER I 2013
May 31 - June 30
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
excursion to Tikal and Antigua
fees, health insurance,
books, and personal
Total Cost $
2,586.00 plus $ 1,758.00
for 6 credit hours
$ 2,586.00 plus $ 879.00 for 3 credit hours
*This rate is based on information received in October, 2012 and is subject
to revision as necessary.
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
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
GEOG 303/SPN 370 Anthropogeography and the Cultural
Landscape of Mayan Culture in Guatemala (3 credit hours)
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the
geography, anthropology, history, and current issues affecting Maya culture
in Guatemala. Students will do a selection of readings about different
critical moments in Guatemala history.
This class will be taught in English and offered
to all participants in this program. This class will be offered by an
interdisciplinary faculty team (Spanish and Geography/Anthropology).
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.
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.
more information contact Maria Parker at 665 6048.
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.
more information about the Summer Study Abroad Program contact
Dr. Leonor Vázquez
of Foreign Languages, Station 6410
Montevallo, AL 35115