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The Southern Connecticut State University
Department of Public Health & Department of Special Education and Reading present:
The 2017 International Field Study in


Guatemala Application--Special Education (PDF)


(Please return filled out application to the OIE in EN A-220)

Special Education Course

The special education field study in Guatemala provides students with a unique opportunity to learn about special education in a developing country through interactions with children, teachers and families; discussions with in-country experts; community observations; and visits to schools, residential facilities and other agencies serving children with disabilities.  Students will examine special education policies and services with attention to availability, accessibility, assessment, professional preparation, and resources.  Topics such as cultural and linguistic diversity, literacy, school attendance and completion, and successful post-school transitions will be explored. 

Participants will enjoy the gracious hospitality of the Guatemalan people,while traveling in a country of immense beauty.Knows as the land of eternal spring,Guatemala offers dramatic mountains, gorgeous lakes,encompassing rainforest and 33 volcanoes.

Colorful markets,lyrical subtropical birds,majestic Mayan temples,vibrant traditional dress,the bold aroma of roasting coffee and the ever -popular,never-forgotten yawp of the howler monkey are among the many sights,sounds and smells that awaken the senses in Guatemala.

This study abroad experience fosters cultural understanding and the development of culturally responsive practices for educators instructing an increasingly diverse student body, including a growing number of students who are English learners with disabilities from a variety of cultures.

Lodging for Both Courses

Students take lodging in four charming hotels. Guestrooms in the Aurora Hotel in Antigua Guatemala surround a beautifully landscaped courtyard. At the magnificent Hotel Santo Tomas in Chichicastenango, students reside in a veritable Colonial museum. The Posada de Santiago in Santiago Atitlan boasts a magnificent view of Lake Atitlan and San Pedro Volcano, and sleeping quarters in unique bungalows, set among a delightful sub-tropical garden. Inside the rainforest of Tikal National Parque, the Tikal Inn's thatched-roof cabañas offer lullabies of howler monkeys and jungle insects beneath a dreamy, star-drenched sky.  Along the way, students buy their own meals at restaurants of their choosing, with some continental breakfasts provided.

COURSES (Special Education and reading)

Graduate Students:
SED 599 - International Field Studies in Special Education($3,991)

Undergraduate Students:
SED 498 - Global Studies in Special Education ($3,169)


A major strength of this program is its appeal to students of many varied disciplines.

* Completion of risk management packets in the OIE, including release of liability, health report, and proof of health insurance (more information available in the brochure, attached above, or in the OIE).

* Records free of disciplinary problems

*Permission of the instructor

*In addition, students must be capable of mild strenuous exercise.

Program Fee: TBD

Program Fee Includes:
• Airfare, accommodations, transportation to and from the airport, travel within Guatemala, entrance to all course attractions, and some continental breakfasts.

Fee Does Not Include:
SCSU's tuition and summer registration fee, meals, the cost of obtaining a valid passport, textbooks, and any health preparations. Medical care needed in Guatemala is the responsibility of the student, as are the costs of laundry, snacks,personal items, recreational activities, souvenirs, and additional expenses of altered itinerary or arrangement.

There is a deposit of $950 due with the application, a second payment ($800) due on May 1, 2017, and a final payment ($800) due on June 30, 2017.

Please Note:
All participants in the program are required to have supplemental travel insurance. Students must either purchase Aetna Student Health Plan, which includes OnCall emergency coverage, or OnCall stand-alone emergency coverage for $36.00. This policy can be purchased in the OIE).For more information, contact the

Office of International Education at 203-392-7257.

Participants are responsible for their own meal costs, as well as the cost of obtaining a valid passport, textbooks, and any health preparations. Medical care needed in Guatemala is the responsibility of the student, as are the costs of laundry, snacks, personal items, recreational activities, souvenirs, and any additional expenses of altered itinerary or arrangements.

Program fees are based upon historical program costs and current rates of exchange. Extreme fluctuation in exchange rates or boarding costs may result in additional fees being charged. The University reserves the right to change the itinerary of proposed trips if needed to control the cost of the overall trip.  In the event that additional fees exceed the current costs by more than 20%, the student may choose to drop the course and receive a refund of all funds recoverable by the university. Fees will be frozen on May 1, 2016, and after this date there will be no refunds. The program does not accept responsibility for personal property, which must be insured separately if desired, and reserves the right to make changes required by circumstances. In particular, students are urged not to bring valuables with them.

*The deposit will be returned if application is not accepted by the Program Director.
For information regarding financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at
(203) 392-5222 or

Office of international Education Cancellation Policy

Currently, all courses abroad for the academic year are expected to operate. Southern Connecticut State University's Office of International Education (SCSU-OIE) will monitor world events and make any change to this decision on an individual course basis any time between now and the departure dates.

If Southern Connecticut State University cancels an off-campus course, students will be refunded their deposits and all monies the university is able to recover from program providers. The SCSU-OIE office will  negotiate with providers for the refunds.

If a student withdraws from an off-campus course at any time between now and the departure date, the student will forfeit his/her deposit but will be refunded all other recoverable amounts. In the event the price of the trip rises more than 20%, the student may withdraw and receive both recoverable funds and deposit.

Students who must cancel their participation in a course abroad program must do so in writing to Dr. Erin Heidkamp, Director of the Office of International Education.

The Office of International Education will work to delay payment to providers on costs for course abroad programs as long as possible and request clearly-stated refund policies from all providers for all programs prior to payments. Students who wish to purchase cancellation insurance should contact their insurance provider.

If Southern Connecticut State University cancels an off-campus course, the staff of SCSU-OIE will work with individual course abroad faculty members in adapting their course, when possible, for the Southern Connecticut State University campus. This is understood to be an emergency procedure in place as a result of unusual or unforeseen world events. If an off-campus course cannot be adapted to the on-campus

setting, the faculty member will work to develop an alternative on-campus course for the students enrolled. If this is possible, efforts will be made to enroll students in existing on-campus courses.


 For additional information and application contact:

 Dr. Kara Faraclas
Department of Special Education and Reading
(203) 392-7239