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Program Description

This program, sponsored by the Latin American and Latino Studies Program and the Honors College, will give students an opportunity to learn about Chiapas from the Colonial Period to the present, as well as acquire knowledge regarding indigenous cultures in Mexico. Students will have the unique opportunity to conduct an independent study project under the supervision of UIC Professor Joel Palka.


Students will take “Introduction to Mexican History and Cultures course” (3 credits) taught by a local instructor and enroll in an Independent Study Research Project course (3 credits) taught by Professor Joel Palka. Students will receive 6 credit hrs upon completion of the program.

Special Features

  • Led by UIC Professor Joel Palka
  • Field trips to Chincultiq, Museum of Anthropology and Zinacantan
  • Half day field trips in and around St. Cristobal

Housing / Meals

Students will be housed in a program house. All meals will be provided daily.


Students who have at least 12 hours of UIC credit; in good academic standing; Graduate students are also eligible to apply.


The program fee of $3,050 includes tuition, housing, most meals, airport pickup, study tours, and orientations. Additional expenses include airfare, international health insurance and personal expenses.

Informational Open Houses

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
10:30 - 11:00 am

Thursday, February 16, 2017
!2:00 - 12:30 pm

Both in the Latino Cultural Center (LCB-2)


Contact Irina Krymova at at the Study Abroad Office and/or Professor Joel Palka at Visit for more information.

Financial Aid may be applied. Scholarships available.

Deadline: March 17, 2017

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