The Southern Connecticut State University Department of Public Health Presents: The 2015 International Field Study in

July 26 - August 9, 2015

Guatemala Badge 2015

Guatemala Brochure (PDF)
Guatemala Application (PDF)
(Please return filled out application to Mr. Brendan Walsh in EN B 129)

Thick jungles, mountain terrain and interior, lakeside Mayan villages provide an electrifying backdrop for this intensive public-health investigation in the developing country of Guatemala.  Over a 15-day period, this study will address such topics as social, cultural, political, and economic determinants; endemic diseases; environmental health; and organization, financing, and delivery of health care. While immersed in the rich culture of Guatemala, students will attend daily classes, tour selected health facilities, travel to remote Mayan villages and interact with local residents.  The tour also includes exceptional recreational and sight-seeing opportunities--highlighted by travel to the magnificent Mayan ruins at Tikal National Parque--and a visit to more-than-one-thousand-year-old altiplano market in Chichicastengo.

This six-credit field study takes students out of a traditional classroom setting and immerses them in the rich culture and vast beauty of the developing country of Guatemala. Daily lectures and discussions groups, along with visits to a variety of interesting health facilities, complement extensive fieldwork. This unique, hands-on curriculum is designed to give students a meaningful view of Guatemalan life through interaction with its peoples and social institutions.

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.

A unique academic quest makes this an unforgettable learning experience.


Graduate students register for 6 credits in:

PCH 570- International Field Studies in Health ($3,523)

Undergraduate students register for 6 credits in:

PCH 490- Health Studies Abroad ($2,797)


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: $2,250

Program Fee Includes:
• Airfare, accomodations, 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 $500 due with the application, a second payment of $875 due on April 30, and a final payment of $875 due on May 29, 2015.

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, 2014, 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, Interim 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.

Also, watch the 2011 Guatemala documentary and view students' experiences abroad.  Available at:

For additional information and application contact:

Dr. William G. Faraclas, Trip Director
Department of Public Health
(203) 392-6969