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  • Culturally, linguistically and environmentally diverse state in southern Mexico, famous for its rich indigenous heritage, arts, languages, and natural beauty
  • Home to 3.3 million people, 16 major ethnic groups, and speakers of two dozen distinct languages who live in 8 separate environmental zones
  • Colorful and historic state capital, Oaxaca City, with over 250,000 people, situated in the highland Valley of Oaxaca at 5,100 feet above sea level
Tentative Dates
  • May 17 to June 7, 2010
Program Organization
  • Summer Program
  • 12 IU students
  • 3-week program
    • 2 orientation sessions in Bloomington prior to departure
    • 22-day program in Oacaxa
  • IU resident faculty co-directors:
    • Stacie King, Assistant Professor of Anthropology
    • Anya Royce, Chancellor's Professor of Anthropology
    • Daniel Suslak, Assistant Professor of Anthropology
  • Lead faculty director for the May 2010 session is Dan Suslak
Academic Program
  • Heritage and Cultural Diversity in Oaxaca
    • 3 IU credit hours in ANTH-A 406
    • Course co-taught by three IU faculty; course segments each offered by faculty within their unique areas specialization, including
      • Archaeology and indigenous heritage
      • Linguistic change and diversity
      • Arts and identity
    • Oaxaca City will be home base for 10 days, with classroom sessions taught by IU co-directors, as well as as half day activities to local attractions, including archaeological sites, museums, markets, or cultural activities.
    • Remaining days will include travel to the Sierra Mixe, the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, and the Pacific coast. Students will visit the field sites where each program co-director conducts anthropological research.
    • Trips will include discussions with local activists, museum curators, and townspeople, and students will have the opportunity to take part in various ecotourism activities and cultural events.
    • Program concludes back in Oaxaca City.
  • Shared rooms in tourist hotels
Additional Program Information

You may apply if you

  • are a degree candidate at any Indiana University campus who is making normal academic progress,
  • are in at least your third full-time semester of college,
  • have completed or are enrolled in at least Spanish S150 or S105 this year,
  • have at least a "B" average in Spanish,
  • are able to engage in sustained physical activity in the heat, and
  • have approximately a cumulative 3.0 GPA.

Complete eligibility criteria and selection criteria are outlined within the Academic Policies and Procedures of the Office of Overseas Study. Selection is based on maturity, seriousness of purpose, and appropriateness of match between program and applicant. Students on disciplinary probation during program period are not eligible.

Financial Aid
How to Apply for this Program

Application Deadline

  • Summer 2010: February 1, 2010 

IU committee screens applications.

Notification of application status sent electronically within 4 weeks of application deadline.

Estimated Costs

Summer 2010

  • Fee paid to IU: (tuition, insurance, room, two meals daily, excursions)
    • Indiana resident:  $2,647  $1,628
    • Non-resident:  $2,947  $1,928
  • Evening meals and personal expenses: $200-350
  • Airfare: about $650
  • See IU Fee Sheet for additional cost and payment details.

Program costs for Indiana University undergraduate students have been reduced through a grant from the Edward L. Hutton Foundation.

Initial prepayment of $500 due March 1, 2010.