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  • Locations: Belize City, Belize; Flores, Guatemala; San Ignacio, Belize
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Open to Non-MU Students: Yes Type of GO Program: Guided
Program Description:

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Join Drs. Ximena Catepillán and Alex Redcay on an exploration of ancient Maya mathematics and modern communities of Belize and Northern Guatemala this Summer 2018!

The focus of this service learning trip is to offer students cultural immersion, learning through service, and development of knowledge and skills related to diversity and cultural competence that fosters both professional and personal growth in past participants.  Specifically, the service learning trip will address the social work core competencies of ethical and professional behavior, engage diversity and difference, engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities and to use self-reflection to evaluation their knowledge, skills and abilities to do so.

This program especially geared toward non-math and science students that need a G2 mathematics course to fulfill their general education requirements but is open to all Millersville undergraduate & graduate students, faculty, and staff. Students minoring in African-American Studies and Latino Studies are strongly encouraged to apply. 

  • Boat trip in Lake Peten Itza
  • Petencito Zoo
  • Maya Mathematics Lecture
  • Service Learning Opportunities
    • Planting organic gardens
    • Mathematics projects with students
    • OR Clean-up projects
  • Picnic lunch at Yaxha
  • Tour Caracol and Tikal

*Academic Details

Course Title and Code: Mathematics in non-European Cultures (MATH 102)

Credits: 3 credit course (optional)

Course Description: A survey of mathematical ideas developed by non-European cultures, including, but not limited to, those of Africans, Asians and native North, Central and South Americans. Includes culture and specific examples from the following areas of mathematics: number theory, topology, probability, group theory and logic. No credit under block G2 for math or science majors.

Prerequisites: Math placement exam at the 100-level

*Note: Course registration is not mandatory. Participants taking part for the service-learning component exclusively need not register for academics courses or credits. 


Program Dates: May 19-25, 2018
Application Deadline: EXTENDED DEADLINE February 16, 2018

If going for academic credit, Math 102 is offered during Summer I.


The anticipated cost for this program is approximately $2,320

For a detailed cost breakdown, please review the following MU Guided: Belize - Cost Worksheet

This cost includes:
  • Airfare
  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • In-country activities/excursions
  • Most meals
This cost does not include:
  • International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
  • Transportation to/from US airport
  • Passport (How to apply for a passport)*
  • Personal expenses (souvenirs and other daily expenses)
  • Some meals (to/from US airport and dinners)
  • MU tuition and fees (if taking for credit) 
*If you do not have a passport, you must apply for one immediately. Keep in mind that it takes 4-6 weeks to receive a passport.

Payment Schedule

Amount Deadline
$400 (Non-refundable fee) December 11, 2017
$800 February 1, 2018
$800 March 11, 2018
$320 April 11, 2018

Review the detailed payment instructions in the application located on the Global Education Portal.

Financial Aid

You may apply financial aid to your study abroad program, if going for academic credit.

Read the following details regarding policies and details to consider as well as review the Financial Aid Office’s checklist of steps to use your aid. 

If you have questions, feel free to contact Global Education.


Participants will stay in rooms of 2 people. 



Study Abroad Eligibility Criteria

To review the full Millersville University study abroad policy, please view the Governance Manual webpage. 
  • Students must have completed a minimum of 24 college credits (individual programs may have higher requirements) prior to departure. Credit requirements for faculty/staff-led programs (Guided Programs) can be reduced. Students may submit their application for the upcoming study abroad term during the semester in which they complete the minimum credit requirements. 
  • Students must have a cumulative 2.0 GPA at time of application (individual programs may have higher requirements), and maintain their GPA prior to departure.
  • Students must be in good judicial standing. The opportunity to study abroad may be denied based on a student’s judicial standing with the University as defined in the Student Code of Conduct. Judicial standing will be evaluated at the time of the student’s initial application and monitored before his/her departure until the student returns from their experience abroad. A student is required to abide by MU’s Code of Conduct while abroad. Any incidents while abroad that violate MU’s Code of Conduct will be processed by Millersville’s Judicial Affairs Office. If a student is required to withdraw from a study abroad program for academic or conduct reasons, either before or after the program officially begins, no money will be refunded. Note: A suspension from MU encompasses all university activities, which includes study abroad.
  • Students must demonstrate the personal maturity, responsibility, cross-cultural understanding, and the stress management skills necessary for a successful study abroad experience.
  • Students must pay all applicable fees. This includes but is not limited to application fees, participation fees, and the fee for international health and travel insurance through MU’s insurance provider.
  • Students must successfully complete the pre-departure process after approval is granted by Global Education. For students who do not complete the pre-departure process, Global Education reserves the right to revoke their program approval.

To Apply

Complete an application using the Global Education Portal by clicking "Apply Now" at the top or bottom of this page.

The deadline for completing all application materials is EXTENDED DEADLINE February 16, 2018.

For specific questions about the program details, contact Dr. Ximena Catepillán for additional information at (717) 871-7307 or email

For specific questions about the study abroad process, contact Global Education at (717)-871-7506 or e-mail 

This program is currently not accepting applications.