Latin American Indigenous Language Summer Programs 2017

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Intensive Summer Language & Culture Program in K’iche’ and Kaqchikel
Mayan Language Institute 2017
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 17 – July 29, 2017

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 24, 2017. 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
(P) 504.862.8629 (F) 504.865.6719

Andes and Amazon Field School 2017: Ecuadorian Quichua
Andes Field School
University of Pittsburgh
University of Georgia
FLAS Eligible

Location: Ecuador, Andes & Amazon

Dates: June 5 – July 27, 2017

Program Summary:
• Includes 1 week in Ecuador’s pristine Yasuni National Park.
• Professors Tod Swanson, Janis Nuckolls, Armando Muyulmena, Michael Severino with guest lectures by Prof. Pieter Muysken, University Nijmegen, Netherlands.
• Program offers 140 contact hours of Ecuadorian Quichua.
• 146 FLAS Fellows from 38 universities have attended to date.
• Prices include 6 credits of tuition, lodging, 3 meals per day, and in country travel.
• More information at

Application & Deadline:
For Quichua Apply to: Applications accepted through February 24, 2017. (Students who are not from a FLAS granting institution can enroll through the University of Georgia, contact Steven Lownes: Email 706-542-0121).
Apply for Sumer a FLAS fellowship through your university’s Center for Latin American Studies. Students who are not from a FLAS granting institution can enroll through the University of Georgia.
List of FLAS granting institutions:

Tuition & Fees:
$7,200 ($5,000 institutional, $2,200 room & board)
Cost $7,200: (Covered by FLAS Fellowship broken down as $5,000 institutional payment; $2,000 room and board).
To be eligible for FLAS applicants must be US citizens or residents enrolled in a graduate program in any field.

Tod Swanson, Program Director
T: (480) 361-9289

Summer Quechua Language Study in Cusco
University of Michigan
FLAS Eligible

Location: Cusco, Peru

Dates: June 19 – August 4, 2017

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: $2,680.00
Optional Room & Board in Homestay: $1,560.00

Howard Tsai,
Centro Tinku,

Miskitu Summer Program
University of Kansas
FLAS Eligible

Location: Granada and Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua

Dates: July 1 – August 13, 2017

Program Summary:
This Miskitu language program, offered through the University of Kansas-Office of Study Abroad, is a DOE FLAS-eligible program that provides students with a rich anthropological experience while studying the Miskitu language (spoken by about 200,000 people in Honduras and Nicaragua). Students experience three distinct culture areas of Nicaragua: the Pacific highlands, the rain forested lowlands, and the Circum-Caribbean. Students stay for two weeks on the Pacific coast in the colonial city of Granada, living in home-stays with Spanish-speaking families and taking field trips to diverse locales. Students then travel to the Atlantic or Caribbean coast, and live for five weeks in a family-owned Bed and Breakfast in Puerto Cabezas, the capital of the North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region. Puerto Cabezas is home to mestizo nationals and various indigenous and Afro-descendant peoples, including the Miskitu, Mayangna, Garífuna, and Creole peoples. Students take field trips, meet with village leaders, are cleansed by a shaman, and have other unique cultural activities.
The intensive six-week program provides 140 consecutive hours of classroom instruction at the beginner and intermediate level and 120 consecutive hours at the advanced level. In Granada, Miskitu classes are taught by native Miskitu-speaker Reynaldo Palacios Green (3 hours per day, taught in Spanish); and in Puerto Cabezas, Miskitu classes are taught in English by both the program director (3 hours per day) and native Miskitu-speaker Marlon Casanova Dalvéz (2 and 1/2 hours per day).

Application & Deadline:
Deadline: March 1, 2017 (Early application is strongly encouraged.)

2016 Tuition & Fees:
KU students – $2,435 (2016)
Non-KU students – $2,645 (2016)
Program Fee: $4,325 (KU and non-KU, including housing and most meals) (2016)

Laura H. Herlihy
Lecturer, Latin American Studies
University of Kansas
785-727-5986; 785-864-4213