Mexico Summer 2019 / June 10 – June 30 (tentative)

About Program

IThis program will provide students with hands-on experiences to learn about contemporary Mayan culture through its rich history, art, music, rituals, and food. This study abroad will explore the current social and environmental issues that threaten the livelihood of the Mayan communities with the rapid rise in tourism and other globalization changes. It bridges human development theories with theories that propose a stand against oppression, injustice, and discrimination, with a special focus on indigenous populations. The program integrates a service-learning component building on the general education requirements to foster students’ civic engagement as responsible citizens and members of the global society.

Program Highlights

  • Earn 6 upper division GE credits while studying for 3 weeks in Yucatan, Mexico.
  • Developmental Psychology (PSYC 361) explores theories of human development from a sociohistorical perspective. Contemporary Maya Life and Culture (HUM 350) introduces students to the challenges face by indigenous populations in Mexico and their struggle for human rights. Courses taught by Professor Lucia Alcalá
  • Predeparture online classes will prepare you to immerse yourself in in Maya culture and major theories of human development.
  • Visit Chichen-Itza, a pre-Columbian city built by the Maya people and one of the new seven wonders of the world, as well as other Maya archeological sites
  • Spend 3 days in the Maya community of Yuxana; homestay with local families
  • Visit sacred Cenotes – natural sinkholes – and other natural
  • Volunteer at an elementary school in the Maya community of Dzitnup or at a Human Rights Center in Valladolid, Yucatán
  • Meet with activists in Isla Holbox working to ensure Maya people have access to public beaches and other natural resources
  • Excursion along the Riviera Maya, and enjoy a private tour in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve.

Questions? Contact Jaycee Cover at (657)278-2070 or jcover@fullerton.edu

Why I Studied Abroad

"Only one percent of college students study abroad, and I'm so glad that I chose to be one of them. Studying abroad was a dream come true, and being able to support my expectations with some firsthand experience was both a challenge and a reward. If you're truly prepared to immerse yourself in another culture and ingest what it has to offer, it will change you - for the better. I highly recommend that you take the plunge!"

- Kirsten O'Brien, 2016

Program Courses

HUM 350: Contemporary Mayan Life and Culture (3 units) [GE C.3 & Z]

This course introduces students to the challenges face by indigenous populations in Mexico and their struggle for human rights, examining its people and culture. A special focus will be placed on the importance of natural resources to the regional economy and the political struggles to maintain their Maya culture and identity. Readings, guest lecturers, site visits and service-learning opportunities will examine the rich Maya culture and the challenges of preserving these practices in an increasingly urbanized and global context.

PSYC 361: Developmental Psychology (3 units) [GE - E]

This course examines human psychological development from the prenatal period through old age. In this class, human development theories are examined from an indigenous perspective using history and contemporary events to facilitate students’ understanding of the interdependence of biological and cultural aspects of human development.

Program Fee and Financial Aid

Program Fee


Scholarships and Financial Aid

Scholarships and financial aid opportunities are available to qualifying students. Follow these links to learn more!

Program Advising & Information

Location: Student Success Center, room H-112

Exploration Events and Information Sessions

For more information please contact Jaycee Cover to schedule an appointment at jcover@fullerton.edu or stop by the Student Success Center in room H-112, 8am-5pm M-F.

Questions? Contact Jaycee Cover at (657) 278-2070 or jcover@fullerton.edu

Photo Credits: Chichen Itza by jimmy baum, unsplash. Tulum, wikipedia, CC BY-SA 4.0. Merida Street by Lucy Nieto, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. Women in Traditional Dress by Comvaser, CC BY-SA 3.0. Ball court Goal, by Kåre Thor Olsen, CC BY-SA 2.5. Cenote-ik-kil by Dmadeo, CC BY-SA 3.0. Merida at Night by tizzle, CC BY 2.0. Observatorio at Chichen Itza by Diego Delso, CC BY-SA 4.0.

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