Study Abroad in Guatemala

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Studying Abroad in Guatemala


26 Study Abroad Programs in Guatemala


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Maximo Nivel offers Service Learning, Spanish immersion, Internships, TEFL Certification, and more at our institute in Antigua, Guatemala. University credit is available for most programs. Learn how Maximo Nivel best meets your personal, academic and financial needs. Prepare yourself for a global future—No Limits!

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Study abroad in Guatemala through the Center for Global Education, Augsburg College. Offered during the Spring and Fall, programs are available in Quetzaltenango and Xela. Students spend three weeks with an urban family and one week with an indigenous Mayan family. Participants take one-on-one Spanish language courses and experience Guatemala's culture by attending a Mayan-Catholic mass and tra...


Experience the best archaeological expedition of a lifetime with Boston University Study Abroad Guatemala Archaeology Program. Experience the beautiful colonial town of Antigua while trekking the premier archaeological sites in Guatemala. This study abroad program offers a 12-week stay in Guatemala participating alongside the world's foremost authorities in the ongoing discovery of the Pre-cla...


Delve into the unique culture and history of Guatemala with Enforex. Students have the chance to explore the Spanish language and partake in some cultural activities including fiestas, salsa classes, and tour of Antigua. This program is offered throughout the year.


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Join Pacific Discovery on the adventure of a lifetime on its newest program offering – The Cuba and Central America Semester. This amazing 10-week group journey explores and adventures through six amazing and diverse countries – Mexico, Cuba, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. Participants will get to practice their Spanish, explore ancient ruins, get their PADI Diving Certification,...


Discover the fascinating country of Guatemala with AmeriSpan Study Abroad. This international learning program allows students to live and study in the city of Antigua. Participants fully-immerse themselves into the country's language and culture on a daily basis. Learning is expanded through cultural activities and home stay accommodation.


Spanish Abroad, Inc. offers Spanish language studies in key locations in Guatemala. Students benefit from the academic credit, weekend excursions, and cultural activities included in the program.


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Broadreach offers experiential summer adventures for middle school, high school and college students, including scuba, sailing, multi-sport, marine biology, language immersion and community service programs that span the globe. Over the years, we've taken thousands of teenagers to some of the world's most incredible destinations -- the islands of the Caribbean, Australia, Fiji, the Solomon Isla...


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Where There Be Dragons offers semester and summer study programs in Guatemala designed to give participants a deeper understanding and appreciation of Mesoamerican culture. Participants live with indigenous Mayan families, work the fields, and learn Spanish in the western highlands of Guatemala. The next few weeks are spent exploring the Mayan heartland, hiking Tajumulco, Central America's tall...


Join a program that offers an opportunity for students to study and experience the intersection between environmental health, human health, and animal health while traversing the coasts, mountain forests, and vibrant cities of Guatemala. This fast paced experience starts in Guatemala city where students explore the legacy of Guatemala's civil war and of Guatemala's Disappeared and the impact of...

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Studying Abroad in Guatemala

Guatemala is a place like no other. While not the most common destination for study abroad in Central America, it probably should be. The nation hasn't attracted as many international students as its neighbor to the south, Costa Rica, or to the north, Mexico. Guatemala has suffered from decades of civil war, military coups, and bad press. Still, despite the competition for students and a history of safety questions, Guatemala remains one of the world's biggest destinations for private Spanish language schools.

Food & Culture

Guatemala is a place with geographical and cultural diversity like no other: The western highlands are known as the land of eternal spring, with a mild climate year-round. The Atlantic coast has a strong Rasta culture. Tikal, in the northeast, is one of the largest pre-Columbian indigenous cities uncovered in the Americas.

Home to one of the most elaborate Semana Santa (Easter week) processions in Latin America, Antigua is a picturesque place where the streets are painted with artwork comprised of flower petals, the city is dotted with Colonial architectural treasures, and the market is full of indigenous women selling their goods from the mountain villages. The Volcano Agua gazes over Antigua and offers amazing trekking trails (as do several other dormant and active volcanoes in the area).

Studying in Guatemala

Spanish schools in Guatemala vary widely in their quality, so it's important to ensure academic quality before committing to a school. Look at accreditation and university affiliations; don't rely on reviews here. If you decide to take individual instruction (an intensive, but extremely effective option), request in advance that your instructor be changed each week. Because the quality of one-on-one instruction relies heavily on the teacher, it's important to learn from different teachers without hurting anyone's feelings. If you get a teacher you especially like, you can request to retain him or her. 

Antigua, a small beautiful colonial town in the highlands, boasts over 30 language schools where teenagers through senior citizens take highly affordable language classes privately or in groups. Beyond Antigua are other smaller language meccas including Quezaltenango, Chichicastenango, and the beautiful lakeside Panajachel. Guatemala City houses the local universities and is a great starting point, but many student travelers try to get out of the city as quickly as possible to spend most of their time in the beautiful countryside.

Students in Guatemala almost exclusively live with homestays. Homestays as an industry is quite large in Guatemala. Travelers arriving in small towns can inquire and find homestay accommodations for a couple nights or a couple months. Homestays are with families who are, of course, motivated by the income but also generally very interested in sharing their culture with international travelers. Typically the meals are great and local, the Spanish practice is priceless, and the networking to the community is enriching.

Branch Out! Spanish acquisition is not the only reason to study in Guatemala. Augsburg College offers an acclaimed program in Social Change. Boston University offers a hands-on Archeology program in Guatemala. Maybe you are looking to learn a language, but not the traditional Spanish 101? Tulane University has a program for those interested in Kaqchikel (Mayan). Several schools have Spanish for health care workers or Spanish for business classes specializing in conversational language classes. If it's pure language learning, fast and effective, consider Maximo Nivel, which has a solid reputation for teaching Spanish in Guatemala and internationally.

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