Latin American Indigenous Language Summer Programs 2018

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Intensive Summer Language & Culture Program in K’iche’ and Kaqchikel
Mayan Language Institute 2018
Tulane University, Stone Center for Latin American Studies
Vanderbilt University, Center for Latin American Studies
University of Texas, Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies
University of New Mexico, Latin American and Iberian Institute
FLAS Eligible

Location: Antigua and Nahualá, Guatemala

Dates: June 24 – August 3, 2018

Program Summary:
The Mayan Language Institute is an intensive six-week language immersion program in K’iche’ Maya and Kaqchikel Maya. Students study with both U.S. faculty and native speakers. In addition to language study, students participate in cultural activities, lectures, discussions, and excursions. With more than 1.5 million K’iche’ and Kaqchikel speakers in Guatemala, the goal of the institute is to help students develop and advance proficiency in their chosen language and to gain a better understanding of the cultural and political contexts that have affected the historical development and preservation of the language.
Students pursuing Kaqchikel Maya will spend six weeks in Antigua. Students pursuing K’iche’ Maya will spend one week in Antigua and five weeks in Nahualá. All students are placed with local families for home-stays. Classes in Antigua will take place at UT Austin’s Casa Herrera— a great colonial mansion turned beautifully restored academic facility— which is centrally located one block north of Antigua’s Central Park.

Application & Deadline:
The application deadline for this program is March 23, 2018. Student applicants must be in good academic standing and have at least a current cumulative grade point average of 2.5. Non-Tulane students are welcome to apply. Students should have some level of Spanish proficiency; previous study in either Kaqchikel or K’iche’ is required for intermediate or advanced coursework. Students should be flexible and prepared for living conditions in Guatemala.
$50 application deposit – Please visit the program’s webpage at:

Tuition & Fees:
$5,000 tuition
$500 non-tuition related logistics fees (housing/meals NOT included)
$5,000 tuition
$1,350 non-tuition related housing/meals and logistics fees

Laura Wise, Program Manager
Stone Center of Latin American Studies
100 Jones Hall
Tulane University
(504) 862-8629
Please visit the program’s webpage at:

Andes and Amazon Field School 2018: Ecuadorian Quichua
Andes Field School
University of Pittsburgh
University of Georgia
FLAS Eligible

Location: Amazonian region of Ecuador at Andes and Amazon Field School on the Napo River near Tena. Includes trip to the Río Tiputini in Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park

Dates: June 2 – July 27, 2018 (break June 25-30).

Program Summary:
This program is taught in English by Professor Tod D. Swanson, a specialist in Quichua Anthropological Linguistics, Prof. Armando Muyulema, Quichua Instructor, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Michael Severino and native speaker course assistants.
The program offers 140 hours of intensive Quichua classroom instruction to meet the requirements for FLAS Fellowships established by the U.S. Department of Education. All students receive grades for Quichua courses. Students are evaluated upon entry and again upon completion of the course using the testing instruments provided by the USDE. Classes are taught in English. During the second half of the afternoon students break into smaller groups for organized Quichua language practice with native speakers. The program is located in a community where Quichua is the dominant language. The class frequently goes out into the forest to learn about plants and animals from traditional elders in Quichua. Origin stories and songs to species are recorded in Quichua and translated in class. As ability in Quichua improves students increasingly begin to formulate their own questions in Quichua. 157 FLAS Fellows from 38 Universities have attended since 2000.

Application & Deadline:
Apply online at For more information, please visit:
Applications accepted through March 23, 2018. Apply at

Tuition & Fees:
$7,500 ($5,000 academic + $2,500 board and room-includes 3 meals per day)

Tod Swanson, Program Director
(480) 361-9289

Summer Quechua Language Study in Cusco
University of Michigan
FLAS Eligible

Location: Cusco, Peru

Dates: June 18 – August 3, 2018

Program Summary:
For more than a decade, the University of Michigan Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies has cosponsored the Summer Quechua Study program in Cusco, Peru, and this is our ninth year collaborating with Centro Tinku, directed by Dr. Jean-Jacques Decoster. The program is open to all college and university undergraduate and graduate students who wish to learn Southern Quechua. This unique program offers high-quality intensive language instruction through the experienced faculty at Centro Tinku along with the extraordinary experience of living and learning in the ancient Inca capital of Cuzco.
Three levels of intensive Southern Quechua are taught at Centro Tinku: Intensive Beginning Quechua, Intensive Intermediate Quechua, and Intensive Advanced Quechua. Classes meet for seven weeks. The courses meet daily for four hours per day, a total of 104 language instruction contact hours per course. Each class is the equivalent of a full academic year course.
Enrollment will be limited to ten for each of the three levels. The program is open to all graduate and professional school students. An extensive program of excursions and cultural events supplement the courses. The Quechua courses are taught using the immersion method. However, a working knowledge of Spanish is strongly recommended, as Spanish is the “bridge language” in the classroom. For an additional tuition fee, students may opt to take the course for University of Michigan credit by enrolling in the corresponding courses (LACS 471/472 and 473/474).

Application & Deadline:

Tuition & Fees:
Academic tuition: $2,830.
Optional Room & Board in Homestay: $1,717.

Jean-Jacques Decoster
Centro Tinku

Intensive Summer Nahuatl Language and Culture Program
University of Utah
FLAS Eligible

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

Dates: June 21 – August 1, 2018

Program Summary:
The University of Utah Center for Latin American Studies is partnering with IDIEZ (Institute de Docencia e Investigación Etnológica de Zacatecas) to offer the opportunity to study Classical and Modern Nahuatl at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. The 6-week course offers a unique opportunity to learn both Classical and Modern Nahuatl from highly trained native speakers of Nahuatl. The course seeks to: 1) develop students’ oral comprehension, speaking, reading, writing and knowledge of language structure, as well as their cultural wisdom and sensibility, in order to facilitate their ability to communicate effectively, correctly and creatively in everyday situations; 2) provide students with instruments and experiences that demonstrate the continuity between past and present Nahua culture, through the study of colonial and modern texts and conversation with native speakers; 3) penetrate into the historical, economic, political, social and cultural aspects of Nahua civilization; and 4) prepare students to take university level humanities courses taught in Nahuatl alongside native speakers. Students will have class for at least five hours per day, Monday through Friday: two hours of Modern Nahuatl immersion with native speaking instructors, two hours of Classical Nahuatl taught by Dr. John Sullivan, three hours per week of individual tutoring with a native speaker in order to work on a research project of the student’s choice, and three hours of cultural activities per week.

Application & Deadline:
Contact John Sullivan ““ for more information.

Tuition & Fees:
Academic Tuition: $5000; Need-based financial assistance available for non-FLAS eligible participants. Housing: Approximately $1200 for on-campus housing; market-rate options available off-campus.

John Sullivan:
Ricky Cheney: