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*KIIS: Maya Mexico Winter
Calakmul, Mexico; Campeche, Mexico; Cancun, Mexico; Merida, Mexico; Tulum, Mexico (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Cost: Winter
Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2017 11/01/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Number of Credits:
3
Field of Study:
ANTHROPOLOGY, ART, HISTORY, HONORS
Minimum GPA:
3.2 Program Catagory: WKU Partner Program
Faculty Leader:
Dizgun, John
Program Description:

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Maya Mexico Winter



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 aPlace-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. 

Courses


"Maya Mexico, Past & Present" (earn 3 credits in ANTHRO, ART, HISTORY or HONORS)
Open to Honors and non-Honors students with a 3.2 GPA and above, this Winter term study abroad 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. Interdisciplinary in nature, "Maya Mexico, Past & Present" employs a Place-as-Text approach, which makes use of five basic learning strategies: mapping, observing, interacting, reflecting, and discussing. 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 will be 4 hours of instruction per day, in the form of excursions, seminars, and debriefings, for a total of 40 contact hours. No Spanish language is required. 

Please note: This cross-listed course is taught in English, and is open to Honors and non-Honors students with a 3.2 GPA and above. Students may earn course credit (3 hours) in one of the following disciplines: Anthropology, Art History, History, or Honors. All course credit will be issued by Western Kentucky University. The WKU Registrar will transfer grades to student's home institution approximately 6-8 weeks after the completion of the program. We encourage all students - long before KIIS program departure - to contact their Academic Advisor, Department Head, and/or the Study Abroad Office to determine the credit equivalencies at their home institution (that is, confirm ahead of time with your college or university how your desired KIIS courses will count towards your major and/or overall degree requirements). Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. 


Accommodations

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. ?