Oct 09 2013
The Mayan Language Institute is a FLAS-eligible summer immersion program in Guatemala for the study of K’iche’ Mayan and Kaqchikel Mayan. More than 1.5 million people speak K’iche’ and Kaqchikel, placing them among the most widely spoken indigenous languages in Latin America. The goal of the institute is to help students develop and advance proficiency in their chosen language and to gain a better understanding of the cultural and political contexts that have affected the historical development and preservation of the language. Efforts to protect these languages are playing a pivotal role in the Mayan struggle to regain control over their political and cultural destiny. The institute is an intensive six-week session in which students study with U.S. faculty and native speakers. In addition to language study, students participate in cultural activities and live with local host families. The first three weeks of both programs will take place in Antigua, with students of K’iche’ Mayan spending the latter three weeks in the town of Nahualá. Summer 2014 dates are June 14—July 27.
The institute is a collaboration between Vanderbilt University, Tulane University, University of New Mexico, University of Texas, and University of Chicago. The program is open to graduate and undergraduate students from all universities, with preference given to students from partner universities. For more information about applying to the program, visit vanderbilt.edu/clas/guatamala-mayan. CLAS offers FLAS funding to attend the program. The call for applications for FLAS awards goes out in December, with applications due in February. Find additional information at vanderbilt.edu/clas/funding-opportunities/summer-travel-and-research.