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2017 Mayan Language Institute

Intensive Summer Language & Culture Program in K'iche' and Kaqchikel

About the Summer Institute

The Mayan Language Institute is an intensive 6-week language immersion program in K'iche' Maya and Kaqchikel Maya. Students study with both U.S. faculty and native speakers. In addition to language study, students participate in cultural activities, lectures, discussions, and excursions.

With more than 1.5 million K'iche' and Kaqchikel speakers in Guatemala, the goal of the institute is to help students develop and advance proficiency in their chosen language and to gain a better understanding of the cultural and political contexts that have affected the historical development and preservation of the language. Efforts to protect these languages are playing a pivotal role in the Mayan struggle to regain control over their political and cultural destiny.

Students pursuing K'iche' Maya will spend one week in Antigua and five weeks in Nahualá. Students pursuing Kaqchikel Maya will spend six weeks in Antigua.

Program Dates

June 17 - July 29, 2017

For more information, see the program flyer


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