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  • Locations: Tikal, Guatemala
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Restrictions: SDSU applicants only
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Fact Sheet:
Credit Type: Resident Credit Program Type: Department-Led Program
SDSU Office: Sciences
Program Description:
College of Sciences Alternative Spring Break in Guatemala
Tikal, Guatemala
Nov 13 9-9:15 am, GMCS 310
Nov 14 9-9:15 am, SSW 3630
Nov 15 12-12:15 pm, EBA 345

COS Guatemala Flyer.pdf

March 23 – 31, 2018

The travel portion is embedded into the Spring 2018 Semester course at SDSU. Class will be held four times on the SDSU campus before and after travel for discussion and review. The location and time will be sent to students accepted into the program.
PAYMENT DEADLINE: January 12, 2018
COST:  $2,460 (see below)

This course will meet on campus during the spring semester travel to Guatemala over spring break 2018. This is an interdisciplinary course is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts of ecology and the relationship between environmental problems and biological systems in Guatemala. Using a holistic approach, students will study how the foundations of natural sciences are interconnected. Discussions will include biology, chemistry, geology, energy, natural resources, pollution and environmental protection.
COS 596 Interdisciplinary Sciences in Guatemala
Enrollment instructions will be sent to students upon acceptance into the program.
ACTIVITIES (subject to change)
  • Travel to Uaxactun Forest Community, forest conservation
  • Tour Tikal Park UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • See and climb (where permitted) Mayan pyramids
  • Sustainability Presentation: Gum collection in Mayan Jungle
  • Introduction to Mayan astronomy, and Mayan ceremony, at the Archeological Site
  • Cultural Exchange: agriculture discussion with local family
  • Evening observation at Astronomy complex
  • Community Service School Painting project
  • Artisanal Corn Husk Workshop
  • Movie night: Migration and Environmental Impact discussion
  • Student-led health workshop for school children: How to wash your hands and brush your teeth
  • Mayan ceremony and traditional dance
  • Mayan biosphere forestry site visit
  • Archaeology and Regional Geology Presentation
  • Visit Yaxhá Archeology Park & Lagoon
  • Visit a local Hospital
  • Visit Crocodile Reserve  
  • Visit the beautiful town of Flores 

Accommodation hotels throughout the program
Three meals per day including snacks and clean water while in Guatemala.
Photo of Dr. Estralita MartinDr. Estralita Martin, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, College of Sciences has led student programs to Guatemala in 2016 and 2017, and previously led programs to Ghana.
In her current position Dr. Martin's primary responsibilities are to "help students deal with the nonacademic issues that will interfere with their academic progress." She listens to students to assess what is hindering them from succeeding academically and then helps them find the assistance and resources they need to resolve issues. Dr. Martin is also the Director of the Center for the Advancement of Students in Academia (CASA) in the College of Sciences. In this position Dr. Martin is centralizing a network of programs designed to help enhance underrepresented students' college experiences. CASA programs help students find tutoring, improve their research skills and prepare for graduate level studies. Dr. Martin obtained her B.S. degree from Oberlin College in biology and physical education, her M.S. degree in biology from Atlanta University and her Ph.D. in biology with an emphasis in cell and developmental biology from the University of California at Berkeley.

  • Program fee: $2,450
  • SDSU Foreign Travel Insurance Plan: $60
  • Tuition: matriculated SDSU students pay regular semester fees to enroll in the class 
Payment Schedule
  • Program fee: January 12, 2018 (Cash or check paid to SDSU Cashier; payment voucher and instructions will be sent upon acceptance into the program)
  • Insurance: February 2018 (billed through SDSU student account) 
Included in the Program Cost
  • Housing and all in-country meals
  • Round trip airfare from Guatemala City to Tikal
  • Activities as listed above, subject to change
  • Transportation to group activities
  • Group airport pickup and drop off
  • 24/7 onsite emergency services and support
  • SDSU Foreign Travel Insurance ($60 billed by SDSU Student Account Services in February 2018)
Not Included in the Cost
  • Airfare to/from Guatemala
  • Passport fees
  • Personal expenses
Refund Policy
  • Program Fee Refund: non-refundable after January 12, 2018           
  • Withdrawals prior to January 12 are effective on the date that the SDSU Office of International Programs receives written notification from you, the student. Email notification is acceptable:
  • Course enrollment is subject to SDSU Add/Drop Deadline and other applicable policies
Funding and Scholarship Information 
Students may apply for a $500 scholarship from the Office of International Programs.
Apply here

A visa not required for citizens of United States for a stay up to 90 days.
Participants will need a passport valid for 6 months past the entry date.
SDSU Passport Office

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Open to undergraduate and graduate students
  • SDSU students cannot be on academic probation (less than 2.0 GPA) or disciplinary probation (expulsion, judicial, or suspension) at the time of application and/or at the time of course registration. 
  • Minimum age to participate is 18All participants must complete BOTH a mandatory online pre-departure orientation as well as a program-specific orientation(s) with their faculty leader(s) prior to departure. Details about both will be sent after acceptance into the program.
This online application must be completed by December 15, 2017
Students must be accepted into the program before adding the class to their schedule.

Maureen Crawford, International Coordinator in the College of Sciences

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.