Questions about these courses should be directed to the program instructor.
Please note: course descriptions are tentative and subject to change.
Students on this program are required to enroll in two courses and may take up to three, if desired.
Students must take one (or two) of:
ARKY 347: Regional Studies in Latin America (3 units)
ANTH 523: Human Ecology (3 units)
And one (or two) of:
ANTH 400: Independent Research Topic on Contemporary Maya (3 units)
ARKY 597: Independent Reading Course (3 units)
DEST 501: Directed Research in Development Studies, Sustainability in Mexico (3 units)
LAST 501: Directed Study in Latin American Studies, Advanced Mayan Studies (3 units)
The prerequisite for registration in all of the courses offered on this program is by consent of the instructor.
March (date TBD), Calgary: Mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UCalgary International
March (date TBD), Calgary: Mandatory Group First Aid training and Travel Clinic
April 26 – June 23, online: Lectures will be posted to complete at your own pace in preparation for ARKY 347 & ANTH 523. A short introductory meeting might also be scheduled in April (TBD).
May 1, Calgary: Mandatory coursework to be completed at the University of Calgary (lectures/discussion for ARKY 347 & ANTH 523; student meetings for LAST 303, ANTH 400 & ARKY 597). Full day, 9-12 am and 1-4 pm.
May 2, Calgary: Mandatory coursework to be completed at the University of Calgary (lectures/discussion for ARKY 347 & ANTH 523; student meetings for DEST 501 & LAST 501). Full day, 9-12 am and 1-4 pm.
May 3 – 4, Calgary/Cancun/Chetumal: Depart Calgary, arrive at Cancun airport; travel to Chetumal
May 5, Chetumal: Travel from Chetumal to field site location in Villahermosa; class discussion
May 6 – 11, Villahermosa: Field activities in Villahermosa biosphere
May 12, Xpujil: Depart Villahermosa, arrive at Chicanna Ecolodge in Xpujil; tour Calakmul; class discussion
May 13, Lake Bacalar: Travel to Lake Bacalar; tour Becan and Kohunlich; class discussion
May 14, Lake Bacalar: Tour Dzibanche; class discussion
May 15, Valladolid: Travel to Valladolid; tour historical Valladolid
May 16, Valladolid: Tour Chichén Itzá and Yaxuna cenote & interpretive community center
May 17, Cancun/Calgary: Travel to Cancun for departure flight to Calgary (or continue on independent travel)
Some final assignments may be due online following the program (TBD).
The estimated cost of the Maya Archaeology and Ecology Group Study Program includes tuition, airfare, field trips, local transportation, accommodations and meals. The program cost is $7,056.
For the full cost breakdown and payment deadlines, please see the Student Cost Summary (click here).
Important information regarding deposit payments: Deposits are non-refundable. Deposits secure your space in the program and allows payment for logistical arrangements to be made in advance.
International Study Travel Grant: Students studying abroad may be eligible for the University of Calgary's International Study Travel Grant. For more information on eligibility, application details and deadlines please click here.
Global Access Fund: The deadline to apply is October 28, 2022! Valued up to $5500, successful applicants will receive confirmation of funding in November 2022 so that it can be used towards any immediate program costs. For more information, please click here.
Faculty of Arts Group Study Program (GSP) Scholarships (for GSP participants) and Faculty of Arts Student Study Abroad Scholarships (for other international programs) - up to 10 awards of $1000 each! For more information, please click here.
IDEAS Funding: Students in the Faculty of Science are encouraged to apply for IDEAS funding. For more information, please click here.
Historically Underrepresented Groups Scholarships (HUGS): Awarded by the Society for American Archaeology. Scholarships of up to $3000 are offered to undergraduate students in Archaeology from historically underrepresented minority groups. The next application round opens October 1, 2022. For more information, please click here. Note that separate funding is also available for Native American students.
Student loans: If you qualify for student loans, your program should qualify. We are able to provide you with a letter confirming your participation in the program for funding purposes. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a letter. Please note that eligibility for student loans is determined by your loans provider.
Click here for more info on funding opportunities!
For the first week of the program, you will be camping (more like glamping!) at the Villahermosa Research Station. Two students are assigned to each 10' x 12' x 6' cabin tent. Air mattresses, sheets, and pillows are provided. There are showers, latrines, and a communal building with a full kitchen, dining room, and lab facilities. There's also a large volleyball court to de-stress! This is a remote area free from light pollution with excellent stargazing.
For the second week of the program, you will stay in hotels as you visit different villages and archaeological sites. Most hotels will have two or three students per room.
This program is open to undergraduate students in good academic standing from all faculties.
Applications will be considered after your online application and supplementary documents have been received in full.
Please read the sections below for information about what your application will include. The application is completed online. Because the online application will time out after 1 hour, we recommend writing out your answers to the application questions in a Word document and preparing any of the supplementary documents you may need in advance.
Once you are ready, click here to access the application system.
Announcements on whether you have been selected to the program will not be distributed until after the November 15 deadline.
Statement of Purpose
Please tell us why you want to study abroad, why you have selected this particular program (academic reasons, personal interest, career prospects, etc.), how this program will meet your academic objectives and/or complement your degree, how you plan to finance your program, and why you should be selected.
The word limit for this question is 500 words. Check for spelling, grammar, and word count before submitting your application.
Because this program offers multiple courses, you will be asked to list the courses you would like to take. You are required to take 2 courses and may take 3, if desired. Please review the "Academic information" section above to see the offered courses.
Note: After Dr. Reese-Taylor has reviewed your application, she may contact you to request a follow-up conversation regarding your course selection.
Download an unofficial transcript from your Student Centre. Click here for a step-by-step guide to access your unofficial transcript.
You will be asked to upload your transcript as a PDF in the online application.
Please ensure that you have read the Group Study Program General FAQs thoroughly before applying.
Q: Do I need to have an Archaeology background to qualify for this program?
A: No, this program welcomes students from all majors! Many of the topics covered (like cultural heritage and forestry surveys) have interest beyond archaeology, and your participation at the Yaxnohcah Archaeological Project will help you develop research skills valuable in any field. Having a different academic background will give you a unique perspective on this field program.
Q: Is there any required equipment I should be aware of?
A: Your work on this program will include using a digital imaging system and 3D modelling; it is recommended to bring a smartphone or digital camera with you, as well as a cable, for direct download of pictures to the computer. Other equipment will be discussed by the instructor at your predeparture meeting.