Study Abroad: For Students Interested in Latin America


The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona and the Center for Mesoamerican Research (CIRMA) invite you to participate in a study abroad program in Antigua, Guatemala. This program is offered for six weeks every summer, as well as fall and spring semesters. Students receive a University of Arizona transcript. Most courses can be taken for honors credit, and some can be taken for graduate credit.

Program highlights include:

  • a variety of Latin American Studies, History, Anthropology, Politics, Environmental Studies and Spanish classes, taught by professors, scholars, and practitioners from Central America. Students can also study a Mayan language.
  • classes give an in-depth and on-the-ground view of the history of revolution in Central America and contemporary social justice, peace, development and environmental issues, and ethnic relations.
  • engaging field trips throughout Guatemala related to course material.
  • opportunities to travel on your own (Guatemala is incredibly beautiful, complex and fascinating!)
  • a home stay with a Guatemalan family.
  • for-credit internships at CIRMA and use of CIRMA’s extensive research library. CIRMA is located in a stunningly beautiful colonial mansion in the center of Antigua, Guatemala.
  • internships and volunteer opportunities in the surrounding community, organized according to student interests.
  • study abroad students are also doing internships at Safe Passage/Camino Seguro ( in Guatemala City. Safe Passage provides life-transforming aid to children of families who live in a barrio marginal. Study abroad students have found that lending a hand to this incredible organization not only makes a real difference in the world, but that it changes their own lives as well. This internship can be accompanied by a directed reading in Latin American urban history or urban anthropology.
  • a colloquium series that brings in renowned political, social and cultural leaders to dialogue with the study abroad students.

For photos and to read what a recent student has to say about her experience
in Guatemala, read the blog “A brief interlude of sensational experience”: (click on the GUATEMALA tab)

Deadline to apply for Summer 2013 is March 1. Deadline to apply for Fall 2013 is April 15.

For more information about the application process, contact Jill Calderon at the UA Study Abroad office:

For questions about CIRMA and Guatemala, contact Jennifer Casolo, CIRMA study abroad director:

For program information, including price, see: or visit