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  • Locations: Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala; Chichicastenango, Guatemala; Chontala, Guatemala; Guatemala City, Guatemala; Iximche, Guatemala; Panajachel, Guatemala; Quetzaltenango, Guatemala; Sacatapequez, Guatemala; San Juan la Laguna, Guatemala; San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala; Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala; Tecpan, Guatemala
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.0
Housing Option: Homestay, Hotel/Hostel Areas of Study: Arts and Sciences, Comparative Studies, Education and Human Ecology (College of), International Studies, Nursing, Pharmacy, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish and Portuguese, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Rank/Class Status: 1-First-year Student, 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 5-Graduate Student Program Type: Faculty-Led
Summer Session: 4W1 Four Week Session 1 GE Requirements: GE: Open Options – Education Abroad
Academic Credit: Social Work Ohio State Program Contact: Jennifer Bickley
Program Description:
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This Ohio State education abroad program in Guatemala is designed to expose students to historical and cultural context for social issues and human rights in Guatemala.  Through this program, students will be exposed to health, education and human service systems different to those of the United States.  Students will be given the opportunity to visit social service agencies that support a variety of individuals, including children affected by HIV and indigenous populations.  

Participation in this program will (1) expose students to the realities of the Guatemalan economy, including poverty and employment patterns, (2) give students an understanding of globalization and trade policies and their impact on Guatemala, and (3) help students develop an understanding of local health issues and policies and healthcare programs.



The program takes place in Antigua, Chichicastenango, and Atitlan, Guatemala.


Students will be housed in double or triple rooms in moderate, centrally located hotels.

Resident Directors

Theresa Early
College of Social Work

Education Abroad Coordinator

Jenny Bickley
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Courses and Credit SW Guatemala Tab 2

Admitted participants are required to register for 3 hours of Social Work 5798.04 for summer term 2019. This course is pending approval to satisfy the Education Abroad Open Option GE.




Application Requirement SW Guatemala Tab 3

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students be of freshman, sophomore or junior rank and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. Graduate students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. An academic recommendation is required.

All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline. 


Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to




Program Costs SW Guatemala Tab 4

Students will be responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $3,365 program fee. The program fee includes international airfare, lodging, meals, in-country instruction and transportation. It does not cover personal expenses, visa fees (if needed), or baggage fees.

Please refer to the 2018 budget sheet for estimated costs.  

If a students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

The College of Social Work also has education abroad scholarships available.

Augsburg CGEE (our in-country service provider) offers scholarship opportunities for students participating on faculty-led, customized programs.  You can find more information here.





Information Sessions 

  • Wednesday, November 28, 11:30a-12:30p, Stillman 400SW Guatemala Tab 5


U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (pre-travel health guidance)

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.


Please review this information about the Zika Virus and other pre-travel health considerations.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 01/03/2019 02/03/2019 05/06/2019 05/20/2019