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Spanish M.A. Travel Study, Summer 2011 - Peru - Graduate Academic and Cultural Tour - College of Continuing Education at Sacramento State

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Guatemala Summer Program (June 25 - August 4, 2013)

Sacramento State’s Master of Arts Spanish summer program offers participants a total Spanish immersion experience, featuring homestay accommodations with selected host families and an academic program of courses, educational tours and lectures by scholars and authors. The graduate program provides students with the opportunity to perfect their competence in the four language skills (comprehension, speaking, reading and writing) and the chance to gather anecdotes from their daily immersion in a country’s culture. Through both formal instruction and informal contacts with people, participants will gain a cultural and linguistic understanding of Spanish. The directors and teaching faculty are all experienced academic tour leaders who understand the importance of a solid but pleasant academic experience.

In response to requests from graduate students and Spanish teachers alike, Sacramento State’s Master of Arts in Spanish program was created to offer summer study abroad at the graduate level in the areas of Hispanic literatures, cultures and linguistics. Each summer, the Department of Foreign Languages offers an alternative pathway towards completion of the master’s degree in Spanish. This six-week graduate program in Mexico, Spain, Central or South America combines a cultural tour with a month of intensive classes. Participants fully immerse themselves in a specific Spanish-speaking country and its culture, customs and history so that can in turn share their knowledge and experiences with others.

Students can finish all 27 units of coursework in as little as three summers, and then complete the 3-unit culminating requirement the following fall or spring semester (comprehensive exam) to earn their master’s degree. Some students may elect to take courses over four summers or even skip one summer during that time.

The Summer 2013 program will take place in Guatemala, cradle of Mayan civilization. Unknown to most Americans and misunderstood by some, it is not the country you read about in the papers. In fact, many people consider it to be the true Central American experience, with its varied geography, unique flora and fauna, and enigmatic peoples and cultures. After a brief stay in the capital, Guatemala City, we will head to glorious Lake Atitlan, one of the most stunningly beautiful lakes in the world and home to more than a dozen surrounding Mayan villages. After this, we will head to Chichicastenango to see its world-famous textile market.

The homestay and classes will be held in the picturesque colonial city of Antigua, nestled among three volcanoes in the Western Highlands. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, Antigua will delight you with its cobblestone streets, baroque churches, and pastel-colored facades. At the conclusion of the homestay, we will resume our cultural tour of the country and head east toward Guatemala’s Caribbean coast to visit the rambunctious port town of Livingston, home to the Garifuna people. The program will then culminate with a visit to the majestic Mayan ruins of Tikal, which many say rival the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu. In addition, midway through the academic session we will take an overnight trip to the charming Pacific beaches of Monterrico.

Application Process

If you are interested in applying to the Sacramento State M.A. in Spanish program, please send a photocopy of your Spanish and linguistic coursework to the graduate coordinator in the Department of Foreign Languages for an evaluation of your prerequisites prior to officially applying. At a later date, you will have to officially apply to Sacramento State as a graduate student and enroll in the summer graduate program.
If program prerequisites are met, then a formal application must be sent to the graduate coordinator and must include the following in a large envelope:

• A brief cover letter followed by a 1-page statement of purpose written in English or Spanish
• A five-page writing sample in Spanish (from any previous coursework) graded by an instructor
• Two letters of recommendation if you did not complete your B.A. at Sacramento State
• One sealed copy of your official transcripts

Send to:

Dr. Joseph Klucas
Graduate Coordinator in Spanish
Mariposa Hall 2033
Sacramento State
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6087

For more admissions information and application deadlines please visit

Please be advised, you will have to officially apply to Sacramento State as a graduate student to enroll in the Master of Arts in Spanish Summer program.

If you are a returning student or have just been accepted into the master’s program, you may fill out and mail the Travel Study application and deposit to:

CCE Credit Registration
College of Continuing Education
3000 State University Drive East
Sacramento, CA 95819-6103

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For questions regarding the Master of Arts in Spanish Program, contact:

Dr. Joseph Klucas
Coordinator, Spanish Master’s Program
(916) 278-6652

For questions regarding the Guatemala 2013 Program, contact:

Dr. Edward Baranowski
Coordinator, Spanish Master’s Program
(916) 278-6336

Summer Program Cost

The total cost of the program is $6,995. This includes the 10-day cultural tour (double occupancy in all hotels plus two daily meals), 0-6 units of academic credit, homestay in Antigua (double occupancy), all transportation and excursions within Guatemala, fees, and tour guides.

Students arrange and pay for their own airline reservations, which are not included in the cost of the program. They should plan on arriving in Guatemala City in the afternoon or early evening of Tuesday, June 25, and schedule their departure for any time on Sunday, August 4. If you book well in advance, you will get the best rates. We advise against connecting flights that pass through Miami and Atlanta due to the potential for summer storms and hurricanes.

Application Deadlines and Financial Commitment

In order to reserve a place in a program, a payment of $1,000 payable to Sacramento State should accompany each participant’s application, to be postmarked no later than April 15, 2013. After these dates, applications will be processed on a space-available basis only.  See payment schedule below:
Through April 15, 2013: $1,000 deposit + application due (make checks payable to Sacramento State).

April 16, 2013: Second payment of $2,000 due.

May 3, 2013: Final payment of $3,995 due (for a total of $6,995*)
*tentative cost, subject to change

The College of Continuing Education at Sacramento State will not permit any logistical or financial deviations to the fee structure or travel schedule for the Guatemala graduate program. All participants will pay the same program costs, except when additional units (beyond the six units) are earned. Participants must travel to and from the destinations on the scheduled dates and participate in the homestay as well as all official tour activities.

Personal Conduct
Participants will be held to the same level of conduct as stipulated in Sacramento State’s Student Conduct Code. At the director’s discretion, participants who are disruptive or dangerous to the group will be asked to leave at their own expense.

Cancellation up to May 3, 2013: All but $150 of amount received will be refunded.
Cancellation after May 3, 2013: All but $500 of amount received will be refunded.
Cancellation after June 3, 2013: No refund (unless a replacement for the participant can be found).

There will be no refund for unused portions of the program. Sacramento State is only responsible for providing instruction and academic support, and the program director reserves the right to cancel or substitute program sites should the necessity arise. Participants will be given the option to participate at the substitute site, though if they choose not to, all payments will be refunded in full.

Academic Credit
Program fees include up to six units of academic credit transferable to most accredited universities. Participants may enroll in an additional three units for an additional fee of $450 per unit (for a total of $1,350).

All payments and paperwork from students who have already been accepted to the program should be submitted to:

Lori May
Travel Study Programs
College of Continuing Education
3000 State University Drive East
Sacramento, CA 95819-6103



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