Latin American Indigenous Language Summer Programs 2019

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Intensive Summer Language & Culture Program in K’iche’ and Kaqchikel
Mayan Language Institute 2019
Basic-Intermediate Mixtec Language School in Oaxaca City, Mexico!
Advanced Mixtec Language School in Oaxaca City and Ixpantepec Nieves, Mexico!
Summer Intensive Zapotec Language School in Oaxaca, Mexico!
Ecuadorian Quichua; Achuar, and Wao Tededo Language Programs
Yucatec Maya Institute
Intensive Nahuatl Language Study

Intensive Summer Language & Culture Program in K’iche’ and Kaqchikel
FLAS Eligible

Location: Antigua and Nahualá, Guatemala

Dates: June 16 – July 27, 2019

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 K’iche’ Maya will spend one week in Antigua and five weeks in Nahualá, and will be
placed with local family homestays. Students pursuing Kaqchikel Maya will spend six weeks in Antigua and
will be responsible for finding their own local lodging accommodations and meals. Classes in Antigua will
take place at the Proyecto Lingüístico Francisco Marroquín (PLFM), a language school founded in 1969
whose mission is to teach, investigate, and preserve Mayan languages and culture. Students are
encouraged to extend their stay in Guatemala beyond the program end date to continue developing their
language skills

Application & Deadline:
The application deadline for this program is March 1, 2019. 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
$800 non-tuition related logistics fees (housing/meals NOT included)
$5,000 tuition
$1,300 non-tuition related housing/meals and logistics fees

Stone Center of Latin American Studies
100 Jones Hall
Tulane University
(504) 862-8629
Please visit the program’s webpage at:
Basic-Intermediate Mixtec Language School in Oaxaca City, Mexico!
Center for Latin American Studies, San Diego State University
FLAS Eligible

Dates: June 16, 2019 – July 26, 2019
Location: Oaxaca City, Mexico

Program Summary:
Language instruction is provided by native Mixtec speakers and scholars Juan Julian Caballero, and
Marcos Cruz Bautista through the Welte Institute in Oaxaca, City. The course offers 140 hours of instruction
plus local weekend field trips over a six-week period. Intermediate Spanish proficiency is required to

Application & Deadline:
See for instructions.
Tuition & Fees:
$4,500 includes SDSU tuition, some course materials, and program ground transportation. Airfare, food,
health insurance, and lodging are not included.

Ricardo Betancourt,
Study Abroad Coordinator:

Yucatec Maya Institute
Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University
FLAS Eligible

Level 1: Chapel Hill, NC and Valladolid, Mexico
Levels 2 and 3: Merida and Valladolid, Mexico
Dates: June 24 – August 2, 2019

Program Summary:
The Yucatec Maya Summer Institute offers three courses (Levels 1-3) in modern Yucatec Maya, a living language spoken by one million people living in the Yucatán Peninsula and northern Belize.
Students in the Intensive Yucatec Maya Courses will have the unique opportunity to take a comprehensive look at the Yucatán through a combination of classroom and field activities. Students visit a range of important historic and cultural locations. Trips to archeological and colonial sites as well as other Mayan villages are led by Mayan scholars, who will introduce them to the cultural importance of each site. Mérida, the beautiful capital of the Mexican state of Yucatán, offers its visitors both modern and historic aspects of city life. Valladolid is home to an innovative Maya culture and language program that promotes intercultural learning and trains a new generation of Maya-speaking students. Xocen, situated 12 kilometers southeast of Valladolid, is located in the milpa area of the Mexican state of Yucatán. Xocen is an ancient town that played a key role in the Caste War and was the original home of the Talking Cross. Basic knowledge of Spanish is required.
The program is eligible for FLAS funding. Students who are not eligible for FLAS are considered for alternative funding opportunities.

Tuition and Fees:
Approximately $5000; living expenses are approximately $2500.
Beatriz Riefkohl Muñiz