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.

Faculty Biographies

Program Details

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

Program Cost

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Program Fee

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

Registration Fee

$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

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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


Course Materials

$125Estimated 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.

Payment Options

Personal Checks, Cashiers Checks, Money Order and Credit Cards* (3% transaction fee on credit card payments)

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Key Dates

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Informational Sessions

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

Mandatory Forms

Monday, May 8, 2017

Completed forms must be submitted at time of first deposit.

Online Study Abroad application

PDF FileOverseas Release Form

PDF FileMedical Release Form

Eligibility Requirements

  • 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