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  • Locations: Antigua, Guatemala; Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2018 11/18/2017
Rolling Admission 03/09/2018 03/18/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Graduate, Undergraduate Academic Theme: Education and Human Services, Social Sciences
Credit Offered: UC Credit Registration Term: Spring
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No
Housing Options: Hotel, Residence Hall Program Lead Faculty: Nancy Rogers
Program Advisor: Thomas Shannon
Program Description:
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Program Overview

According to the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) “of the world’s estimated 1 billion poor, 70% are women ( ).” Many of these women are struggling with “machismo” attitudes and are suffering through poverty, neglect, and abuse “unable to gain economic, social or political power in their family’s coffee business, or in their communities (IWCA, 2012). As “the world’s second most valuable traded commodity” affecting more than 125 million and up to 500 million people globally in primarily rural and developing, this is an important source of livelihood and cultural impact.

The IWCA “is a global network of women in coffee that advocates for the reduction of barriers” for women and men in the coffee industry with the goal of “empowering them with the knowledge and monetary support that will help shift the role of women in coffee growing communities.” Los Andes ( ), a private nature reserve in Guatemala provides the setting for efforts supporting IWCA’s mission. Los Andes is dedicated to providing opportunities to the Reserves’ workers and volunteers have helped build walls, support educational facilities, and raised funds for these workers while learning about environmental preservation and interacting with the women and families working on this farm. Guatemala, ranked 112 out of 135 in the Global Gender Gap Report 2011, provides an interesting location for exploring women’s roles and leadership in a male dominated culture.

While the backdrop for the course is gender issues in the global economy, the real focus is the interaction of culture and leadership. The purpose of this study abroad course is to expose students to cultural and gender issues in the global economy, investigate and apply knowledge about leadership and culture/gender issues in a cultural setting different from our own, and to engage in service learning activities that will further the advancement of individuals working in the coffee industry.

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2015Culture Gender and Leadership

Beautiful Guatemala is a country rich in culture and topographical/geographical features from mountains and cloud forests to quaint villages and black lava sand beaches. We will be exploring these riches in our visits to Tikal (ancient Mayan pyramids), Antigua (the original Old Capital City of cobblestone and markets), Panajachel (fishing village), and the beach of Monterrico. We will also experience life on a coffee farm in Los Andes which sits in the valley of the volcano and cloud forest where we will work for the coffee farmers on their off season helping them with important carpentry projects that they have identified.

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Who Can Participate?

Team Work
  • Freshmen
  • Sophomores
  • Juniors
  • Seniors
  • Graduate Students
  • Others

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Academic Program and Course Information

Stage One: Review of Theoretical and Factual Research
Students will begin the course by researching leadership in various cultures, gender issues in the workplace, the influence of "machismo" on the culture and on women, and broadening their understanding of psychological and sociological impacting families in a leading global market. They will learn about the specific challenges of those working in the coffee industry and about programs targeted to addressing the challenges these families face.

Stage Two: Service Learning
After setting the stage for their service learning experience with theoretical and factual information, students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a culturally disparate environment where they work side-by-side with the community.

Participants in this program can earn UC credit for the following UC course(s):

All students in this program are required to enroll in OLHR3089C, Gender and Leadership, Section 001 or PSYC7090, Non-Thesis Research, Section 021 for the spring term.
Tuition and fees are assessed based on total enrolled hours for a term. This includes the hours associated with the study abroad class. Students who enroll for more than 18 hours for the term will be assessed additional per credit hour fees over and above the flat fees associated with being enrolled full-time (for most students full-time is 12-18 hours).
Co-op students selected to participate in this program are required to enroll in the course during the designated term, regardless of when the student may be on co-op.  If the course is during a term when the student is on co-op, tuition and fees will be charged per a student’s residency status and college, based on the part-time per credit hour rate.
A student can see his/her full and part time tuition rates and college fees here (use left-side navigation menu to click into the relevant academic year):

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Dr. Rogers, recipient of the University Barbour Award for Good Student Faculty Relations, combines her expertise in evaluation research in both educational and community settings and her interest in the scholarship of teaching and learning to create engaging classroom environments and stimulate critical thinking. Her findings have been presented at several conferences including the American Evaluation Association, American Educational Research Association, National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology, and International Leadership Association. Dr. Rogers is a Teaching Fellow and the President of the Academy for Teaching and Learning. She regularly conducts workshops about active learning for several organizations and is the author of a chapter in the International Handbook of Women and Small Business Entrepreneurship and the Instructors Manual for Psychology of Gender 4th Edition published by Pearson.

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Living Arrangements

Hotels, Dormitory-style accommodations in a renovated farm house. Some double, triple, and quadruple occupancy.

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Getting There

All flight information is included in the program cost. Tickets will be ordered upon course participation confirmation and group will travel together leaving from CVG.

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Program Costs

2018 Program Cost:  $2,600

Included in Program Cost:
  • Housing / accommodations
  • International airfare
  • Some meals (All breakfasts included)
  • In-country transportation for program-planned activities
  • Cultural excursions/entrance fees
  • International emergency and evacuation insurance
Not Included in Program Cost:
  • Tuition – (at your standard tuition rate)
  • Passport application/renewal fees (~$165)
  • Recommended/required immunization/vaccination fees (~$)
  • Some meals (~$)
  • Personal spending/souvenirs (~$)
This program has been awarded a $400 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only).  UC International scholarship requires a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Note that both program charges and UC International scholarship will be posted separately on a student’s OneStop bill on the semester in which the course for the study abroad experience is given.  Program charges are posted shortly after students commit to the program through the online application process.  Scholarships are posted after all students 1) register for the course connected to the study abroad experience, and 2) complete all study abroad online paperwork.

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UC Financial Aid and Scholarships

For full details on using your financial aid to help pay for your study abroad experience, you should contact UC Financial Aid.

UC International awarded over $800,000 in student scholarships last year. Please refer to the UC International webpage for more information.

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Passports and Visas

A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad, it's best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see for more information.

In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is via the US Department of State’s webpage at:

UC International is happy to guide UC faculty, staff and students to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual UC traveler. Entry requirements change frequently, and we advise you to pay close attention to consular updates. It is your responsibility to know and address the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

Applying for a visa can be a complicated process. Some UC travelers choose a third party to assist with this process, for example Travisa or A Briggs (mention UC for a possible discount).

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Health and Safety Abroad

UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. The US Department of State, Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and International SOS are excellent resources for country specific information.

UC partners with International SOS medical and security advice. UC code is 11BCAS000010

UC students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in the following ways:
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad

UC faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in case of an emergency abroad.

All UC students participating in a University of Cincinnati sanctioned or funded international travel program are required to purchase and maintain insurance while abroad. UC International partners with CISI to provide insurance for UC students.

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Contacts for More Information

Nancy Rogers
Professor A&S Psychology

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This program is currently not accepting applications.