Program Information
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Summer 2023: Guatemala ANTH - micro
June 30, 2023 - July 10, 2023 (dates are tentative)
This program has been cancelled. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

Program Notes
Program Description
This program examines the history and contemporary lives of Maya people in Guatemala, focusing especially on issues of culture, politics, health, and human rights. More than half of Guatemalans identify as indigenous descendants of the Maya people who inhabited the region before Europeans arrived in 1524. In spite of centuries of discrimination and violence directed toward Maya people, indigenous communities have developed their own ways of engaging with a globalizing world. They draw on rich traditions of dress, religion, politics, and healthcare to fight for justice and recognition, promote international tourism, generate opportunities for global trade, and cultivate community health and wellbeing.
ACCESSIBILITY: Participants with disabilities should know that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. But UD students with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to study abroad. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.
Program Courses
Students must enroll in all credit-bearing courses for a grade. Only the UNIV (zero credit) course may be taken pass/fail. Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites
All students must enroll in at least 3 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
ANTH 350: Contemporary Topics in Anthropology: Global Maya: Culture, Politics, Health and Human Rights in Guatemala (3 credits)
Examines contemporary challenges and debates from anthropological perspectives and applying anthropological ways of thinking. Focus on current world problems: topics include migration and refugees; environmental sustainability and food security; climate change; war, imperialism, and ethnic violence; religious strife; nationalism, transnationalism, and postnationalism; economic and social inequity; race and racism; and gender identities and relations. Students will explore these problems and debates using diverse methods.

This course takes an anthropological approach to appreciating difference and diversity in the Americas and understanding how histories of colonialism and conflict have shaped Maya lives today.

Guatemala is highly conducive to teaching an anthropology course that draws on ideas and approaches to culture, politics, health and human rights from across the social sciences. The program is suitable for students majoring in social science and humanities programs and students pursuing careers in the health fields. The course is especially relevant for students interested in anthropology, sociology, psychology, history, political science, international relations, public health, global health, tourism and hospitality, textile and apparel design, international business, and management. Besides a better understanding of principles of global culture, the participants should obtain real life experience of the intricacies involved in solving social problems in diverse communities and geographical regions.
UNIV 370: Guatemala ANTH - micro (0 credits) pass/fail
Students are asked to reflect upon changes in their knowledge, skills, and attitudes that occur due to their study abroad experience.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Discovery Learning
For all participants, a formal application is necessary, including at least one recommendation. An interview may be conducted in person or by Zoom.

A transcript is required from Non-UD applicants only. Non-UD students, please email a copy of your official transcript to the Program Coordinator.

Study abroad at the University of Delaware is highly competitive. Please review the study abroad acceptance process. If you are not selected for your first choice program, we encourage you to apply to another program.
How much does it cost?.
  • University of Delaware Tuition/Fees for one Summer Session
  • Travel Study Program Fee
    • Usually covers: housing, all program-related excursions and some meals (check with the program's faculty director for details).
    • Does NOT cover: airfare to/from the program site and ground transportation to/from the U.S. departure airport. For planning purposes only, we estimate roundtrip airfare to be approximately $690.00.
  • Plan ahead for how to pay for travel study, and make sure you understand the costs associated with your program.
When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and CGPS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.
  • An initial payment of $0.00 will be due in mid-March.
  • The balance of the Program Fee and Tuition/Fees will be due in early June.
  • Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
  • All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable.
Other important things to note:
  • Program Fees are subject to change until the group's departure date. Final Program Fees may increase due to unforeseen local cost increases, fluctuations in exchange rates, or changes in the group size.
  • CGPS reserves the right to cancel a program at any time due to under-enrollment, safety/health/security issues, staffing issues, or any other relevant reason. If your program is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of all Program Fees paid.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$1,671.00$4,485.00
Estimated Program FeeTBATBA
UD Registration & Activities Fee$45.00$45.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)TBATBA
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$690.00$690.00
The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.
Financial need-based scholarships are available to UD undergraduates on a competitive basis. To be considered, students must have a current FAFSA on-file with Student Financial Services. For more details, please see our scholarships page.
All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable. Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
Submit Program Application by 5pm onFebruary 20, 2023
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedMarch 02, 2023
$0.00 Initial Payment Due *mid-March
Program Fee Balance, Tuition and Fees Dueearly June
*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $0.00 Initial Payment.
Peter Benson
Faculty Director
Kedron Thomas
Faculty Director

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.