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  • Locations: Antigua, Guatemala
  • Program Terms: Winter Short-Term
  • Restrictions: Illinois applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Study Tour
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
ImagineGuatemala Group Photo

Winter Break Study Tour
Home Building Project & Community Service
FRESHMEN ONLY Program!
Enrollment is currently full for Winterbreak 2019-20. To be added to a waitlist please email mblumtha@illinois.edu 


 
 
Program Overview
ImagininGUATEmala is a Non-Profit Organization headquartered in beautiful and historic Antigua, Guatemala. The organization is dedicated to bettering the lives of the less-fortunate in Guatemala; particularly in the areas of Safe and Affordable Housing, Food and Nutrition Needs, and Education. Students will build a house onsite, and participate in cultural activities that will expose engineering students to international projects, equip them with cross-cultural skills and develop the capability to analyze issues on a global level. 


Students will focus on building a house from the ground-up for one to three local families who are without housing.  This will be done within the local community focusing on the foundation, framing and electrical installation with close supervision by ImagininGuatemala staff.

In addition, students will have an opportunity to visit a local market and  take a trip to tour  Lake Atitlan.
Housing: Students will live in local homestays, with 2-3 students per family. All homes are within walking distance of each other.  


Lake Atitlan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    




  
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Program Specific Information
The City of Antigua
Academic Environment
Onsite Support
Accommodation
Credit
Eligibility/Selection/Participation
Additional Program Resources
Application Process
Who Can Apply
Contact Information
 
General Study Abroad Information
Program Cost and Advance Fees
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Health, Safety, Pre-Departure
Passport/Visa Information
Withdrawal, Change, and Cancellation Policy
 
The City of Antigua
 
Guatemala, Heart of the Mayan world, is an alive, magical, mystic, and ancestral country. Its history dates from four thousand years ago when the Mayan civilization emerged, and whose legacy is still evident in the traditions and culture of its habitants.
 
Guatemala counts with many natural resources, an extraordinary cultural richness as well as a privileged geographic location. The distances from place to place are so short that you can visit different regions during the same trip. Between its past and present, it is a unique country, full of adventure and diverse activities for every visitor.
 
Guatemala is known as the country of the eternal spring, its fair weather allows you to visit it in any time of the year. It also offers various accesses from any part of the world by its two international airports: La Aurora, located in the city and Mundo Maya, located in Petén.  [Read More]
 
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Academic Environment
 
Where you will study
Students will do hands-on training in the city of Antigua, Guatemala.
 
 
Language
This program will be conducted in English.
 
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Onsite Support
ImagininGuatemala will be in charge of all travel and project logistics while on the ground in Guatemala.  Students will be supervised 24 hours a day by the Guatemala team along with staff from UIUC.
 

Accommodation
 
Students will stay in local hotels upon arrival.  
 
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Credit
1 hour of ENG 177 credit will be provided for the project trip.
 

Eligibility/Selection/Participation
Students must be in good standing with the College of Engineering.  Students must be current freshmen in the College of Engineering.
 
Eligible applicants will be reviewed and accepted on a first-come, first serve basis of completion of all application materials in the pre-acceptance phase of the application.
 
 

Additional Program Resources
 
Before You Leave
 
The “preparing to go”  section on our website provides you with information on what to pack, money abroad, transportation, communicating with family members while abroad, and even what to do the day of your departure. (include website)
 
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Application Process
 
Dates and Deadlines
 
All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines posted on the brochure page – September 20: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date; paper materials are due by 4:45 PM the same business day.
 
Winter Break Programs
Deadlines: September 20
 
How to Apply
Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page) to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable $50 application fee by clicking Apply Now and logging in.
 
This program has a one-step application process:
 
Step 1.) The Study Abroad Application which includes:
  • Personal essay questions
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Online questionnaires
 
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Who Can Apply?
Engineering students who have met the basic eligibility requirements listed above may apply for this program.
 

Contact Information
 
International Programs in Engineering (IPENG)
1308 West Green St.
210 Engineering Hall
Urbana, IL 61801
217-244-0054
ipeng@illinois.edu
 
Hours of operation: Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.  

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Program Cost and Advance Fees
 
For an Unofficial Budget of this program, please scroll to the top of this page and find the box labeled “Budget Sheets,” and click on the semester during which you want to participate. Please read through the Unofficial Budget information, which also includes information on Financial Aid, and Scholarships.
 
All students should be aware that once they are accepted and commit to a program, they will be charged the non-refundable processing fee.
 
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Financial Aid and Scholarships
 
Because this program is sponsored by the University of Illinois, financial aid may be applied to the cost of the program. The amount of financial aid that is applicable to study abroad will depend on your financial aid package. Since there are many variables that determine how your financial aid package applies to study abroad, it is best that you consult with a financial aid advisor in the Office of Student Financial Aid to discuss your individual financial aid package. 
 
In addition to financial aid, there are other alternatives to funding your time abroad. Click here to learn more about our over $850,000 in scholarship opportunities. One scholarship that everyone is eligible for is the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Scholarship. For more information, click http://www.international.illinois.edu/students/student-funding.html 
 
Interested UIUC Engineering students may also want to receive the International Engineering Fellowship to help with airfare.  Check the IPENG website for further information on eligibility and guidelines for the fellowship.  (https://students.grainger.illinois.edu/ipeng/scholarships/ )  Application deadlines are very strict for this fellowship.  Only students planning to study abroad during a current application cycle may apply.
 
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Health, Safety, Pre-Departure
 
Pre-Departure Activities
 
All students are required to attend all Pre-Departure Activities the semester before their term abroad. The exact dates, times, and location will be given to students post-acceptance so that they can arrange for their attendance at the activity(ies). Topics such as Culture Shock, health and safety scenarios, and other helpful pre-departure information will be presented. This is also a really great opportunity to talk about packing, meet other classmates on a program, and talk to returnees who have already been to the host country.  Check the IPENG Calendar for upcoming dates. 
 
Health and Safety
 
The health and safety of students abroad is something that the University of Illinois takes very seriously, which is why the Study Abroad Office provides services that range from international insurance coverage to a 24-hour phone line to speak to an Advisor on Duty. These services can be found on our website: http://www.studyabroad.illinois.edu/resources/health_safety/index.aspx
Additionally, students are required to sign off on a Health and Safety Orientation http://www.studyabroad.illinois.edu/userfiles/file/Health_and_Safety_FA10.pdf , and are encouraged to read through the Safety and Security section of our website which includes topics from road safety and keeping your valuables and money safe, to nontraditional student identities while abroad.
 
http://www.studyabroad.illinois.edu/resources/health_safety/safety_security.aspx  This link includes information on our 24-hour Emergency service, Health Matters, Insurance, and Safety and Security
 
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Passport/Visa Information
 
You must have a valid passport to participate on this program. If you do not already have a passport, or if it needs to be renewed, you must begin that process now, even before program acceptance. 
 
You may also be required to get a visa for your program.  Please consult the host country’s consulate website or a visa agency to determine whether or not a visa is required to travel to your destination country or countries. (http://studyabroad.illinois.edu/resources/before/passports_visas.aspx)
 

Withdrawal, Change, and Cancellation Policy
 
To change to a different program during the application process, please visit this link (http://engineering.illinois.edu/studyabroad/Changing+Programs+After+Starting+Application

To withdraw from a program after committing to participation, please visit this link to view the Withdrawal and Refund Policy (http://engineering.illinois.edu/studyabroad/Withdrawal-Refund+Policy )
 
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Short-Term 2019-2020 09/20/2019
09/21/2019 01/05/2020 01/15/2020

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This program is currently not accepting applications.