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  • Locations: Chetumal, Mexico
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: AppState applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
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Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Direct Enrollment Minimum Language Requirement: None
Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Apartment (shared), Home-stay, Student housing Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5 or by Professor Permission Click here for a definition of this term Program Strength: Anthropology
College: College of Arts & Science Credits: 6 credits
Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:
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Summer Anthropology Field School in Quintana Roo!


Founded in 1991, Universidad de Quintana Roo (UQROO) is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the large town of Chetumal, Quintana Roo. 


The Yucatán Peninsula is a region of southeastern Mexico, consisting of the Mexican states of Yucatán, Campeche, and Quintana Roo. The Yucatán was the home of the Maya civilization before it was conquered by the Spanish Conquistadors in the 16th century. Chetumal is a city on the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. It is the capital of the state of Quintana Roo and has a population of over 151,243 people.

Academic Calendar

  • Summer 2020: June 20, 2020 to July 19, 2020 


For the language portion of the program students will stay in accommodation near UQROO (either home stays or shared accommodation depending on the number of participants).  During the field research portion of the course students will stay in basic home stays in the Mayan community. Students will be expected to bring hammocks with them for the home stays.


Program Costs

The final cost of the UQROO Summer Anthropology program will vary by the number of students enrolled.  Listed below is the cost estimate for 10 students. 

Paid to Appalachian State
Summer 2020  
1UQROO Program Fee $1620
3OIED Program Development Fee $100
International Health Insurance $43.5
Intl Health Dev Fee $60
1The UQROO program fee includes program related in-country transportation, accommodation, most meals, UQROO tuition, and program excursions.  
3The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.

Additional Costs
Summer 2020  
1Airfare $500 - $900
Meals $200 - $400
3Personal Expenses $200 - $400
Hammock $20
Passport $150
1Students will fly to Cancun on the same flight. The final flight cost will be determined once the tickets are purchased. 
3Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, clothing, utilities, local transportation, basic travel and entertainment, etc.

Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.


Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources.  When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates. To see a total of the estimated costs for this program please visit the program budget sheet.

Financial Aid

The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.


OIED Scholarships
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000. 

Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.

For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.


On the UQROO Summer Anthropology program students will spend the first weeks in Chetumal taking an intensive Mayan language course and a Methods course.  The Mayan course will meet 5 days a week for 5 hours per day and the Methods course will meet 5 days a week for 3 hours per day.  On the weekend students will have a program related excursion or free time.  For the 3rd and 4th weeks students will be engaging in fieldwork in a local Mayan community. During this period students will also participate in a weekend tour of the Maya Costa region.

Mayan Language course: 3 credits (ANT 3530 Mayan Language and Culture) 
Methods: 3 credits (ANT 3940 Ethnographic Field School)

For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.

For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.