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*KIIS: Maya Mexico Winter
Campeche, Mexico; Merida, Mexico; Mexico City, Mexico (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Winter
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2019 10/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 12/27/2018 01/07/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Program Catagory: WKU Partner Program
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Faculty/Program Leader(s):
Fulton, Chris, Mills, Alan, Petkus, Marie
Class Eligibility: 1. Freshman, 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior
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Maya Mexico Winter

Program Overview

Open to Honors and non-Honors students with a 3.2 GPAMaya Mexico Capture and above, this two-week Winter program introduces participants to the splendor of Mayan civilization and the present-day challenges facing the people of Mayan descent who reside in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. 

Students gain an appreciation of the agricultural, political, religious, and cultural achievements of the historic Maya at Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Calakmul, and Tulum; at the same time, they grapple with the contemporary dynamics of regional and national identity, tourism and development, and social, political, and environmental change. 

We visit the ancient Mayan sites above, as well as vibrant and festive Merida(capital city of the Yucatan), quaint and colorful Campeche (a UNESCO World Heritage City), and the stunning Caribbean beach town of Tulum.

Students have free time each day to enhance their learning experience. No Spanish is required (all instruction is in English).

Academic Program
Interdisciplinary in nature, the KIIS Maya Mexico Winter program employs a Place-as-Text approach, which makes use of five basic learning strategies: mapping, observing, listening, discussing, and reflecting. The goal is for students to take an active role in the direction of their learning. In small groups, students on the program will:

  •  Self-select course topics and readings that most interest them;
  •  Strive to become "student-experts" in their chosen field;
  •  Participate in small group excursions that (safely) place them in culturally and geographically uncomfortable situations;
  •  Lead class discussions and field questions on their chosen topic;
  •  Synthesize readings, observations, and class discussions in short papers.

In addition to acquiring knowledge of Mayan society (past and present), students learn to work effectively in small groups, improve their oral presentation and analytical skills, and develop a heightened sense of confidence and leadership. On average, there are 3.5 hours of instruction per day, in the form of excursions, seminars, and debriefings, for a total of 38.5 contact hours. 


HON 300: Topics: Ancient and Modern Mexico
ANTH 366: Topics: Peoples and Cultures of Mexico
HIST 490: Topics: Markets, Memory and Murals of Mexico


The KIIS Maya Mexico Winter program is based in the breathtaking 
Yucatan Peninsula. We stay in Valladolid (1 night), Merida (4 nights),Campeche (2 nights), Calakmul (2 nights), and Tulum (2 nights). Students stay in double, triple, or quad occupancy hotel rooms in the center of town. All hotels are comfortable and include a private bathroom, WiFi access, and other amenities. Inexpensive laundry facilities ('drop-off/pick-up') are located in Merida, Campeche, and Tulum. 

Group transportation will be in a private, air-conditioned bus with a licensed and insured driver. The highway system in the Yucatan Peninsula is good and efficient. The distance from Merida to Campeche is two hours; Campeche to Calakmul, 4 hours; Calakmul to Tulum, 4 hours; and Tulum to Cancun, 2 hours. From Merida, we will also make day trips to the Mayan sites of Chichen Itza and Uxmal, and to the natural swimming pool (optional) of Ik-Kil.


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