Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

International Programs

Information on the 2016 program will be added soon! Check back for updates.
Next Summer’s Program Dates will be June – July, 2016

Oxlajuj Iq’: Mayan Language Institute 2015
Intensive Summer Language & Culture Program in K’iche’ and Kaqchikel
Antigua, Guatemala

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. Undergraduate students may study one of the languages at the beginner, intermediate, or advanced level. Graduate students must be prepared to study at the intermediate or advanced level.

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. Efforts to protect these languages are playing a pivotal role in the Mayan struggle to regain control over their political and cultural destiny.

Students pursuing K’iche’ Maya will spend six weeks in Nahualá. Students pursuing Kaqchikel Maya will spend six weeks in Antigua. All students are placed with local families for home-stays. Students should be flexible and prepared for living conditions in Guatemala. 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.

Students will take one language course and one culture course.

  • Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced Kaqchikel or K’iche’ Maya language (3 credits)
  • Kaqchikel or K’iche’ Maya Culture (3 credits)

The cost of the six-week program is $6,300. It will include six Tulane credits (transferable to other universities), local family home stays and three meals per day (except Sundays), medical insurance, transportation from the airport upon arrival (GUA), and specialized group activities and excursions. Airfare to/from Antigua (GUA), extra meals, and incidental costs, such as laundry, passport/visa fees, vaccinations, et cetera, are not included in the program cost.

FLAS Summer Fellowships
This program qualifies as a FLAS-approved program with 140 contact hours of language instruction. For more information on application procedures, eligible students interested in applying should visit the following:
Graduate students, click here. (scroll down to “FLAS Summer Fellowships”)
Tulane Undergraduates, click here. (scroll down to “FLAS Summer Fellowships”)
The FLAS Fellowship application deadline is February 20, 2015. Note that the fellowship application and the program application are separate applications.

The application period for this program is now closed. Please check back next year!

This program is offered in partnership from:
• Tulane University Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies
• Vanderbilt University Center for Latin American Studies
• University of New Mexico Latin American and Iberian Institute
• University of Texas Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
• University of Chicago Center for Latin American Studies

Download a printable flyer for this program here.

For questions on this program, please call 504.862.8629, or email to

View photos from the 2014 program here!




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Upcoming Events

Racismo vs. socialismo: Un conflicto fuera de lugar (Guest Speaker Robert Zurbano)

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“Racism vs. Socialism: A conflict out of place. Mapping the Cuban Racial Debate, Internal Colonialism, and the New Racist Economy”

Roberto Zurbano Torres (1965) is a writer and essayist, cultural critic, and anti-racism activist. He is the author of the books Elogio del lector (1990), Ramón Rubiera: un astro ilusorio (1992), Poética de los noventa: Ganancias de la expresión (1994), Los estados nacientes: Literatura cubana y postmodernidad (1996), and essays such as Raza, literatura y nación: el triángulo invisible del siglo XX cubano, El rap cubano: un discurso hambriento de realidad and Cuba 2012: Doce dificultades para enfrentar los neo-racismos. He is a two-time winner of the DADOR, a Cultural Journalism award, and the Medal for National Culture. His works have appeared in Temas, La Gaceta, Universidad de La Habana, La Letra del Escriba, Casa de las Américas, Catauro, Movimiento, Afrohispanic Review, Meridional, and the New York Times.

Zurbano works at the Centro de Investigaciones Literarias at the Casa de las Américas. He has given lectures all around Latin America as well as Europe, specializing in popular culture, race, music, and black writers in Latin America and the Caribbean. Through his work in activism he recently founded the Proyecto Pichon Haitien, which promotes the contributions of Haitian immigrants to Cuban national culture. He is a member of the UNEAC, LASA, and Articulación Regional Afrodescendiente de América Latina y el Caribe, Capítulo Cubano (ARAAC).

This event is free and open to the public. The talk will be given in Spanish. Sponsored by the Cuban & Caribbean Studies Institute. For questions email

Day of the Dead Traditions of Guatemala K-16 Educator Workshop

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Algiers Regional Public Library
Day of the Dead is often perceived as a tradition symbolized by Katrina skeletons, pan de muertos, papel picado, and altars constructed during November 1 -3. This workshop is developed through a U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center grant to help celebrated the diversity of this tradition across Latin America. Specialists from Guatemala and Anthropologists from Tulane University will share the rich history of the tradition across the Americas highlighting the tradition in Guatemala. Scholars and artists from Guatemala will present the differences and similarities of this tradition with the one celebrated in Mexico. Participants will learn about the importance of kites and food during the celebration of the dead in Guatemala.

For more details and a schedule check out the institute website or download the schedule

Participants will receive:

  • Dinner
  • Teaching materials
  • Certificate of Completion

La Habana Vieja: Una ciudad viva (A Talk by Eusebio Leal)

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Eusebio Leal Spengler, (Havana, Cuba, 1942), is the historian of the city of Havana, director of the restoration program of Old Havana and its historical center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Deputy to the National Assembly of the Popular Power in the IV, V, and VI Legislature, and the Ambassador of Good Will of the United Nations. He holds a Master’s degree in Latin American, Caribbean, and Cuban Studies, and a doctorate in Historical Sciences, both from the University of Havana. He is President of the Commission of Monuments in the City of Havana, and a specialist in Archeological Sciences.

Dr. Leal’s talk, presented in Spanish, will outline the decades-long process of restoring the historic core of Old Havana and the challenges of maintaining a balance between historical preservation and social restoration.

This event is free and open to the public. The talk will be in Spanish and a translation to English will be provided. Reception to follow in Woodward Way.
Sponsored by the Cuban & Caribbean Studies Institute. For questions email


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The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans and the 2015 New Orleans Film Festival present an evening with LUIS HERNÁNDEZ DE LA PEÑA, the director of the film Gloria, on October 19th at 6 PM.

Gloria, a short film (17 minutes in length) features an unassuming family man who drives public transportation by day and sings the hits at a drag cabaret by night.

The film will be screened twice during the film festival, October 16 at 8:45 PM and October 19 at 12:00 PM. Visit the Film Festival website for more information and a schedule.

Populism & Pragmatism in Chavista Venezuela: The Pluses and Minuses of Social and Economic Programs

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Tulane Study Abroad Fair 2015

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The Office of Study Abroad at Tulane University is hosting its annual Study Abroad Fair in the LBC Qatar Ballroom on Wednesday, October 21, from 2:00-5:00PM.

Over 100 opportunities in more than 20 countries will be on display from Tulane and non-Tulane institutions. The Stone Center for Latin American Studies will be promoting its Summer in Latin America programs, including programs in Costa Rica, Argentina, Brazil, and Guatemala. The Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute will be promoting its Summer in Cuba program. Talk to past participants, professors, administrators, and program representatives, and come with any questions you may have.