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MLI: Kaqchikel Maya

June 20 - July 29, 2022
Applications due March 11, 2022


A NOTE ON COVID-19: The Stone Center for Latin American Studies is closely monitoring the global health situation. While our preference is to conduct the program in-person as described below during Summer 2022, we are exploring alternative options (including online options) in case travel remains risky.

Covid-19 Protocols

Covid-19 Protocolos

Kaqchikel Orientation Manual

About Pan Q'an (Antigua)

Nestled between the Agua, Acatenango, and Fuego volcanoes in the department of Sacatepéquez, Pan Q’an, or Antigua, Guatemala is a quaint colonial city with a population of around 45,000 inhabitants, many of them native speakers of Kaqchikel. It was founded in the mid-sixteenth century as the capital of the Spanish colonial government; the strict grid of its cobblestone streets and the stunning baroque architecture of its churches and municipal buildings reflect the Spanish influence. Though the city was largely abandoned after a volcanic eruption provoked the relocation of the Spanish capital to Guatemala City in 1773, it began to grow again in the mid-1800s in response to increased investment in agricultural production, primarily coffee. Today the town, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is Guatemala’s most popular destination for foreign travelers looking to explore the city’s historic sites, climb the nearby volcanos, or study at one of the many Spanish-language schools. The temperate climate, with average temperatures ranging from lows in the 50s to highs in the 70s make the city an attractive destination year-round.


Students enroll in one language course and one culture course, each worth 3 Tulane credits. In general, classes meet daily Monday through Friday from 8 am to 12 pm and reconvene at 2 pm for lectures, guest talks, student presentations, etc. The schedule is subject to change to accommodate excursions, special events, speaker schedules, etc.

Courses Offered 

ANTH 6870: Kaqchikel Maya Culture (3 credits)
ANTH 6840: Beginning Kaqchikel Language (3 credits) OR
ANTH 7570: Intermediate Kaqchikel Language (3 credits) OR
ANTH 7580: Advanced Kaqchikel Language (3 credits)


In general, students enrolled in Kaqchikel Maya arrange their own housing in Pan Q‘an (Antigua) and its surrounding communities. They are encouraged to coordinate with the Faculty Director to organize homestays with Kaqchikel-speaking families, but the Program Manager can also provide guidance on alternative housing options. Students will be responsible for all meals, with the exception of those incorporated into group excursions and celebrations.

Due to the risks associated with Covid-19, housing may differ during the Summer 2022 program. More details forthcoming.


Each summer, students participate in multiple group excursions. These range from short local trips to the marketplace, a milpa (traditional farm), or a weaving co-op, to day trips to pre-Columbian ruins, local landmarks, and conferences. Students often have the opportunity to interact with local leaders and may be invited to participate in Mayan religious and cultural ceremonies. We encourage students come prepared with an open mind and spirit of generosity.

Cost: $6,100

Tuition: $5,000

Housing and Logistics Fee: $1,100

Tuition and fees include 6 Tulane credits.  Housing and logistics fees cover expenses for room and board (if provided), in-country excursions, and group activities and celebrations, and some group meals. Program costs do not include travel to/from Guatemala or personal expenses such as souvenirs, laundry, etc. 


All MLI registration will be processed by Stone Center staff. Students will initially be enrolled in one 3-credit Latin American Studies placeholder course, used for billing purposes only. After students’ language placement in Guatemala, they will be enrolled in their respective culture and language courses.

Medical and Global Rescue

The Stone Center enrolls MLI students in a comprehensive study abroad medical insurance policy provided through GeoBlue. This insurance is included in the cost of the program. Students are also covered by Global Rescue, an emergency travel assistance program offering medical, personal, and security advice and assistance, as well as emergency evacuation services. After enrollment, students will receive an email with instructions for setting up the GRID app on their phones. 


Tuition and fees are charged to student accounts in the late spring. Students are responsible for making sure that the bill is paid in full by the end of the billing cycle on the 15th of the following month. Students can access their account through the Gibson Portal.

For FLAS Students:

The Stone Center works closely with FLAS coordinators at other institutions to apply these grants to student accounts. However, every school has a different policy regarding the issue of funds: some pay the full bill directly to Tulane, some pay tuition directly to Tulane and issue the living stipend to individual students, and others issue the entire award to students to pay their own tuition and housing/logistics fees. Each student is responsible for making sure that his/her bill is paid in full and on time. If you have questions or foresee potential issues, please contact the Program Manager. 

Refund and Cancellation Policy

If a student withdraws from the program at any point between acceptance and departure, the student forfeits their deposit plus any additional expenses that the Stone Center cannot recover from program providers. Prior to 15 days before the program start date, a student may submit a written withdrawal request to be considered for a refund of up to 75% of the program fee (deposit excluded). Refund requests received less than 15 days before the program start date will only be eligible for a maximum of 25% refund of the program fees (deposit excluded). Students withdrawing after the program start date will not be eligible for any refund.

Accessibility and Accommodations

The MLI is a strenuous program that challenges its participants physically, emotionally, and academically. Nevertheless, the Stone Center is committed to making all its programs accessible to all students. Persons requiring special facilities or accommodations should notify the Program Manager as soon as possible. All effort will be made to accommodate their needs, but students should be aware that reasonable accommodation may be required.