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Cultures and Histories in San Cristobal, Chiapas, Mexico [UIC]
San Cristobal, Mexico (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer
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Country: Mexico City: San Cristobal
Mininum GPA: Good standing Class Status: 02-Sophomore, 03-Junior, 04-Senior
Internships: No
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Academic Areas:
Anthropology, Archaeology, History, Latin American and Latino Studies
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Language of Instruction:
English Academic Standing: Undergraduate
Program Description:
Program Description:
Cultures & Histories  in San Cristobal,
Chiapas, Mexico

June 24 - July 19, 2018

Deadline: March 16, 2018

San cristobal

Application Instructions
Attend a First Step session, download application materials to get started. 

Program Description
This program, sponsored by the Latin American and Latino Studies Department and the Honors College, will give students an opportunity to learn about Chiapas from the Colonial Period to the present, as well as inquire knowledge regarding indigenous cultures in Mexico. Students will have unique opportunity to conduct independent study project under supervision of UIC Professor Joel Palka. 

Students will take “Introduction to Mexican History and Culture” course (3 credits) taught by a local instructor and enroll in an Independent Study Research Project course (3 credits) taught by UIC Professor Joel Palka. Students will receive 6 credit hrs upon completion of the program. LALS students can satisfy LALS105 and LALS110 by taking the "Introduction to Mexican History and Cultures" course. 

Possible research projects:
  • Economics at the Central Market (English or Spanish): Students will carry out a research project on either public market organization, product availability, or resource durability by visiting the large public market on peak shopping days in San Cristobal.
  • Maya Culture at Na Bolom (English or Spanish): Projects for students will focus on their interests in archaeology, museum studies, history, or cultural anthropology by utilizing the collections, library, and visiting Maya at this indigenous cultural center. 

Special Features
*Led by UIC Professor Joel Palka
*Field trips to Chincultiq, Museum of Anthropology and Zinacantan
*Half day field trips in and around St. Cristobal 

Housing / Meals
Students will be housed in a program house.  All meals will be provided daily.
Students who have at least 12 hours of UIC credit; in good academic standing; Graduate students are also eligible to apply. 
The program fee $3,260 includes tuition, housing, all meals, airport pickup, all program related study tours, and orientations. Additional expenses include airfare, international health insurance and personal expenses. Financial aid may be applied. General and program specific scholarships are available.  

More information
For curriculum related questions, please contact Professor Joel Palka. For questions related to the application process, please contact Irina Krymova at the Study Abroad office. 

***Final acceptance is determined by faculty leading the program***

This program may be cancelled if minimum enrollment is not met

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