Global Citizenship Abroad - Guatemala

PHIL 335 and SOC 430 | 6 credits

About the program

Coursework: Philosophy 335 (3 credits) and Sociology 430 (3 credits)

This is an Arts Research Abroad (ARA) funded program. ARA is a generous funding body made of the Faculty of Arts – Dean’s Office, Anonymous Donors and Go Global that supports research intensive Global Seminars. ARA Funding provides eligible students 70% of funding for the Program Fee, and a budgeted flight. Please read the details in the Eligibility and Program Fees and Costs for greater detail.

Philosophy 335 and Sociology 430 begin by together examining classical theories of oppressive power and civil society offered by European theorists struggling to understand the complexities of emerging modern industrial society (De Las Casas, Hobbes, Rousseau, Marx and Mill, Arendt and Marcuse). Our encounter with the colonial experience as narrated from the perspective of the dominated resituates and problematizes this narrative; the impacts of globalization on a developing country highlight new questions about structural oppression and the potential for civil society resistance. More recent theorists of power, oppression and civil society complement and illuminate the particular instances we encounter in-country of groups confronting gender and ethnic oppression, systemic violence and the oppressive nature of extreme poverty. Students research topics of their choice relating the course themes to the local environment.

General timeline

Program Dates: 

Vancouver segment: May 14 - June 1, 2018
Guatemala segment: June 2 - 29, 2018

The first week in-country preserves a successful core of previous itineraries, a one-week immersion in a local initiative that combines Spanish language immersion, family home-stay, cultural orientation and experientiat­learning opportunities. Lectures by a local anthropologist on the colonial experience offer an important counter-narrative to the classical European theorists studied in both courses. A further ten days in-country centre in the indigenous highland village of Nebaj, an important location for the recent civil war, where students gain a perspective on the ravages of globalization as they play out in an impoverished community struggling to retain its cultural identity. Overnight visits to several other locations rich in history offer insights into other aspects of oppression and civil society organization: a peasant coffee cooperative; a project supporting survival sex-workers; urban extreme poverty among garbage collectors; women's weaving cooperatives; an indigenous 'university'; former guerillas.


  • Upper level standing in philosophy, sociology or related disciplines, some social theory background
  • Strong academic performance
  • Acceptance by Professors

ARA Eligibility:

  • Be enrolled in UBC Vancouver’s Faculty of Arts;
  • Be in their third, fourth, or final year of study;
  • Be within one of the following qualifying majors as above
  • Be enrolled in at least 24 credits in the academic year before the program
  • Must be registered in 24 credits in the current academic year, or sufficient to graduate
  • Have a minimum GPA of 70% with no fails or incompletes.

This is a highly competitive program that is generously funded through the Faculty of Arts – Dean’s Office, Anonymous Donors and Go Global. The funding provided for this program is limited to only UBC Vancouver students in the identified Arts Majors.

Program fees and costs

The program fee is between $2,450 - $2,700.  Students do not pay the Go Global fee when applying to a Global Seminar. The Go Global fee is built into the Program Fee and is payable upon acceptance to the program.

All qualifying students will receive ARA Funding. A separate application is not required. ARA Funding provides eligible students 70% of funding for the Program Fee, and a budgeted flight to Guatemala City of $1,400. Accepted students with demonstrated financial needs are eligible for 100% funding for Program Fee and Budgeted Flight. For greater details, please attend an info session, or e-mail



In country group accommodations

Program related travel (public transportation, group train tickets, etc.)

Entrance fees to program related activities (museums, site locations, etc)

On-site guest lecturers

Most meals


Go Global Fee




*UBC Tuition – Not included. Part of your costs.

This amount will differ for domestic and international students. This amount will be assigned to you on the Student Service Centre (SSC) according to normal UBC tuition timelines. Read about tuition fees.

This amount is not determined or applied by Go Global.

All students participating in a Global Seminar will have tuition applied to their SSC account.

*Flights - Not Included. Part of your costs

Travel to Guatemala City is a separate cost. However, 70 – 100% funding is provided for the flight at a budgeted cost of $1,430. You are responsible for arranging your own travel. You should not book your flight until you are notified to book. All Global Seminars only run if there is a minimum number of students enrolled.

*Incidentals - Not Included. Part of your costs

Some examples include: personal mobile communication, personal transportation that is not related to the learning outcomes of the program, additional meals that are not already identified as part of the Program Fee, immunizations, Visas, etc.

Global Seminars refund policy

Adjustment on deposits

Students are eligible for an adjustment of their deposit under the following circumstances:

Withdrawal after acceptance in program

  • You are eligible to have your Global Seminar deposit adjusted from $750 to $93.25 (ie: you receive a $656.75 credit)

Withdrawal within 7 days of deposit being posted on your SSC

  • You are eligible to have your Global Seminar deposit adjusted from $750 to $321.75 (ie: you receive a $428.25 credit)

Withdrawal after 7 days of deposit being posted on your SSC

  • The deposit and all remaining program fees are completely non-refundable. Exceptions may be determined at the discretion of Go Global. 

Any funds allocated to students through the ARA program must be returned in their entirety.

Students who decide to withdraw their application must submit a request in writing by email to the Global Seminar Advisor at


Global Seminars Advisor

Student Advising

Drop in advising - Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00-3:00pm

Please email with your student number in the subject line.

Global Seminars Advisor

Telephone: 604 822 0942

Fax: 604 822 9885

UBC Life Building
6138 Student Union Blvd
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1


Mon9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Tue9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Wed9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Thu9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Fri9:00 am - 4:15 pm