Summer 2017 Study Abroad Trip
As part of a college-wide initiative to encourage students to develop a broader and more global perspective, we would like to introduce students to the rich history and cultural diversity of Latin America.
Featuring a multidisciplinary approach, the Latin American Education Program strives to provide an intensive experience for students, encouraging them to better understand the people of cultures of Central America.
Spend three weeks in Belize and Guatemala exploring ancient Maya ruins, living among one of the most ethnically and culturally diversified regions of the world, and working together with national museums and environmental preserves. Your learning adventure will take you to the lush river valley of central Belize, the jungles of Guatemala, and the second largest barrier reef in the world! You will also enjoy excursions to archaeological sites such as Tikal, Cahal Pech, Xunantunich, and the amazing Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave! In addition, a key element that distinguishes the Latin American Education Program is its emphasis on Community and Service Learning and you will have the opportunity to work closely with local children and the elderly as part of our public outreach efforts.
Travel and Earn Credit
Anthropology 21: Peoples and Power in Latin America (3 Units)
Dr. Eric Minzenburg, IGETC Area 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences), Transfer: UC, CSU
This course will introduce students to the historical and cultural use of power by peoples and cultures in Latin America. We will investigate the use of power of Latin American peoples and cultures who lived prior to contact with Europeans, in colonial and post-colonial culture in Latin America, as well as in contemporary Latin American society. The investigation of the power of the US/Mexican border and of globalization within Latin America will also be covered in this course. A cross-cultural perspective will be employed drawing from examples in Mexico and Central America, the Caribbean, South America, and from the influence of countries outside of Latin America including the United States, England, France, Portugal, Spain, China, and Japan. Power relations included in the notions of race, class, gender and sexuality, immigration and migration, and indigenism (amongst others), as they are practiced in Latin America, are explored throughout the semester.
Botany 1: General Botany (4 Units)
Dr. Alexandra Tower, IGETC Area 5B (Biological Sciences + Lab), Transfer: UC, CSU
Botany 1 is an introductory course for non-science-majors that examines the world of photosynthetic organisms from an evolutionary perspective. We will discuss the origin of photosynthesis, and how it has shaped the evolution of life on Earth, and how life has, in turn, shaped the evolution of photosynthetic organisms. We will use classroom time to establish a foundation in the subject, and then emphasize many aspects of Plant Biology by visiting pristine and secondary tropical forest, herb and botanic gardens, and coastal and marine habitats. This course will complement what students are learning in Anthroplogy 3 as we examine how humans make use of tropical forests in the past, present and future. This unparalleled opportunity will provide first-hand experiences for understanding plants and their Ecology, with emphasis on tropical ecosystems.
Program Steps and Dates
Classes at SMC: June 19 – June 29; July 24 – July 27, 2017
Belize and Guatemala: June 30 – July 21, 2017
Application and First Deposit Deadline: Monday, May 8 , 2017 at 12 noon
Includes in-country ground transportation, accommodation, cultural excursions per itinerary, some meals, and mandatory iNext medical insurance.
First Deposit due: Monday, May 8, 2017 - noon
Final Deposit due: Friday, May 19, 2017 - noon
Program is non-refundable after
May 19, 2017
$322 Resident Tuition
$2485 Non-Resident Tuition
International Education Center will register you for class before program departure. You must pay tuition before departure.
Total Estimated Costs
Estimated Additional Costs
Round Trip Airfare
|Student must book own airfare.|
Do not book any airfare at this time. Faculty will supply instructions on booking airfare.
11 lunches/4 dinners are not included in program fee-all breakfasts included
TBD - U.S. Citizens do not need a visa to travel to Belize & Guatemala. Non-US citizens contact the Belize and Guatemala consulates for more information. See links below under "More Information"
Personal spending money
|$125||Estimated cost of r equired course materials to be selected by faculty|
Passport (new – if you do not have a current passport)
Please allow up to 6 weeks for processing of a new passport.
SMC Global Citizenship Scholarships available up to $1 ,000.
Personal Checks, Cashiers Checks, Money Order and Credit Cards* (3% transaction fee on credit card payments)
Thu. April 27, 11:15 a.m. LS 103
Mon. May 1, 4:45 p.m. HSS 103
Tue. May 2, 11:15 a.m. HSS 103
Application Deadlines and Payments
Late applications will be considered on a case by case basis.
Initial Deposit to reserve space – $500
Monday, May 8, 2017 - noon
Apply online. Bring deposit to Internation Education Center along with your passport, medical form, and Overseas Agreement form
SMC Global Citizenship Scholarship
Meet with Stacy Neal by
Friday, May 5, 2017
You will be notified of scholarship by Friday, May 12, 2017
Scholarship may not be used toward initial deposit
Monday, May 8, 2017
Completed forms must be submitted at time of first deposit.
Online Study Abroad application
Overseas Release Form
Medical Release Form
Be a current SMC student and take the offered courses. If you are not currently an SMC student, you may apply online
All participants must be 18 years old by May 8, 2017
Have a valid passport by May 8, 2017
Participants who are non-US passport holders are responsible for obtaining a visa to enter Belize and Guatemala if applicable
Pay all program fees and tuition by the deadline. If you are a financial aid recipient, check with the Financial Aid office about using financial aid to your tuition and fees.
Resources on Program Locations