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Winter & Spring Break LC in Guatemala

Travel to Guatemala as you study

Childhood in the Developing World.

The 2015-2016 program remains open to new applicants.

To enquire about a late application contact the IOP Director.

This annual program includes a pair of Winter Term Pscyhology courses which focus on Childhood Development and a Spring Break immersion experience in Guatemala.  Students on this program will be able to visit several sites in Guatemala related to childhood development and well-being, including educational facilities. 

Eligibility: This program is open to all majors, but is particularly recommended for students with an interest in Psychology and Education.  The courses involved require permission of the program instructors and the program is limited to a maximum of 20 participants.

Faculty Contacts:Dr. Jayne Rose and Dr. Jessica Schultz

Program Dates:  Travel occurs during Spring Break of 2017:  Feb. 17 - March 5.  Exact dates TBD.

Academics:  This program is a 4 credit Learning Community, consisting of 2 courses in Psychology. It includes coursework during the Winter and Spring trimesters, with the in-country program offered during Augustana's 2 week spring break. Courses include:

       Pschology 305: Childhood in the Developing World (3 credits--Winter Term)

       Psychology 306: Serving Children at Risk (1 credit--Spring Term)


Cost:  For 2016: $1,850 (Tentative.  Will be finalized by November 2015.) 

Cost includes: Ground transportation, accomodations, excursions, some group meals, and medical insurance.

Cost does not include: Group flight (arranged separately and at additional cost TBD), individual meals and discretionary spending.

Financial Aid:  As this program does not include tuition charges, only travel expenses, financial aid for the Spring Term cannot be applied to the program costs.  These costs are in addition to the tuition and room/board charges for the term of the program.  This program is Augie Choice and IOP Grant eligible.  The $1,000 IOP Grants are competitive and limited in number.

Augie Choice: This program is Augie Choice eligible for all students who have completed 6 terms or 60 credits (junior status) or higher at the time of departure.  Transfer students who have also completed 3 terms or 30 credits at Augustana are also eligible for the Augie Choice grant.

Application process:  Students are encouraged to attend the Study Away Fair on campus this October 4th.  Each program will also hold informational meetings in October and early November.  The online application for this and all 2016-2017 programs will go live in November 2015.   Online applications and a $300 deposit are required by January 15, 2016 in order for full consideration.   If the program is overenrolled a selection process based on academic year and GPA will be utilized to select the participants and a short alternate list.  If a program has vacancies after the January deadline, late applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis.