OSEA offers a traditional Six Week intensive Ethnography Field School
and an innovative Four Week Intensive Field School
Students Choose to partipate in one of three different kinds of ongoing ethnographic research projects
⇒ Sustainable Community Tourism Research
⇒ Contempoary Maya Cultures: Sexualities, Sociality, Subjectivities Research Project
⇒ Health, Healing and Belief Research Project
OSEA actively seeks grad student participants. Click here to learn about your options for how you can participate as as staff or student
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Participants learn how to conduct specific types of ethnographic research projects focused on specific topics and issues defined in the context of ongoing research. Participants select their areas of interest and focus, then design specific projects accordingly. The core seminar provides historical and ethnographic contexts on the research issues and problems that are investigated. The ethnographic field methods and practicum course is a series of workshops in which participants are trained in the methods and then conduct their own research. There is a student conference in which the participants present their research achievements and results.
OSEA Ethnography and Maya Coursework is Accredited through our Mexican University Partner,
the UIMQRoo — Universidad Intercultural Maya de Quintana Roo
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Traditional Six Week Field School
Summer: 6 week program. See OSEA calendar of activities
Dates: 2017 June 14 to July 29
Start: Start date is the day of Arrival on-site at OSEA in Pisté; Orientation Meeting 12pm.
End: End date is the earliest date of Departure from Piste after 12pm.
Location: Pisté and Chichén Itzá, Yucatán, México, and surrounding Maya Indian communities
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Credits: 8 credit hours, at undergraduate or graduate level.
3 credits “Seminar in Anthropology: Cultural Theory & Maya Peoples”
5 credits “Ethnographic Methods and Field Research Practicum”
Cost: 2017 $3700 Direct OSEA Enrollment*
2017 $3300 Early Decision Tuition Rate, Application Must be Submitted by Jan 20
Includes: Tuition, Program Fees, Homestay room & board, Group Trips/Events
Not Included: Airfare, Transportation to/from Pisté, Incidentals, Program Break
Intensive Four Week Field School :
Four week program See OSEA calendar of activities
Dates: 2017 Four Week Option: June 14 to July 15
Start Time: Start date is the day of Arrival on-site at OSEA in Pisté; Orientation Meeting 12pm.
End Time: Plan travel based on departure from Piste after 12pm noon on end date.
Location: Pisté and Chichén Itzé, Yucatán, México, and surrounding Maya Indian communities
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Credits: 6 credit hours, at undergraduate or graduate level.
Total Cost: Tuition plus Room & Board
Tuition & Fees: $2200
Early Decision: $2000 2017 click here for deadlines: All enrollment materials submitted by Jan 20
Room, Board Option A. $1150 Single Room in Posada Olalde, 3 meals (2 with Maya family)
& Activities: Option B. $950 Homestays with Maya family, includes meals
Program is open to: undergraduate majors and graduate students in any social science, art, culture, communications, and applied research fields; persons who have completed a BA, MA, or other higher degree but are not currently enrolled in a degree program.
Applicants who have completed a high school and are entering college, may be considered for participation in special cases, please contact OSEA Director
GPA of 2.2 for coursework taken to date
Completion of Freshman year of college, university, or equivalent institution
No prior coursework or knowledge in Maya language is necessary
Minimum Spanish Language Requirement is Advanced Novice proficiency in Speaking and Listening as defined by the ACTFL criteria
Home-stays provide linguistic and cultural immersion; options for lodging and food in family-run posadas are available at an additional cost. Families are carefully selected based on the Program Director’s 24 years of experience in the community of Pisté. Participants are required to purchase a hammock for sleeping in homestays; a special hammock shopping trip to a nearby town is organized during the first days of the program.
The program begins with intensive language training and a core seminar on heritage that provides participants the linguistic skills and conceptual tools to conduct fieldwork in Maya communities on heritage issues. Heritage is conceived as an inclusive domain that includes social processes and problems involving archaeological heritage development, tourism, sustainability, community participation and control of development, state policy and strategies of tourism, intangible cultural heritage such as handicrafts production and art markets, Maya medicine and systems of health and healing, urbanism and environmental heritage.
Tarifas Especiales para Mexicanos y Latinoamericanos
Mexican and other Latin American Nationals who are not Studying in the USA or Europe:
Special pricing for Mexican and other Latin American citizens is available. To be eligible you must (1) not have US citizenship or passport nor have a dual citizenship with the USA and an other country. (2) You must not have studied for or be currently enrolled in a high school, bachelors, masters, graduate certificate, or doctoral program in the USA or in any country of Europe. (3) You must be a citizen of and reside in Mexico, Latin America or other qualifying country with full time residency. (4) You must be able to provide proof of advanced levels of English proficiency of sufficient level to be able read and comprehend English language texts and successfully participate in the ethnography program.
Mexican, Latin American and other qualifying nationals can receive up to a 55% discount on OSEA programs. Each program rate is different. Discounted tuition rate for OSEA Heritage Ethnography Field School is $1650.
* Direct OSEA Enrollment allows students from any university with any residence status or nationality to enroll directly with OSEA. Payment is made directly to OSEA as per guidelines described in the application process and on the OSEA website. Upon completion of the program the student receives an OSEA transcript and a transcript from its accredited partner the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán or UADY. In order to facilate the transfer of credits, students receive two copies of each transcript in two separate sealed envelopes in September following the completion of summer program. One of these sealed and stamped envelopes should be stored among your important papers and the second envelope is then hand-delivered by the student to the registrar of their university in order to comply with their rules for accepting transfer credits. Please note that your university may have a policy that requires the registrar to reject transcripts delivered in envelopes that have been tampered with or broken.
OSEA Ethnography Field School Coursework is Accredited through a Partnership with the Universidad Intercultural Maya de Quintana Roo UIMQRoo. The UIMQRoo provides OSEA ethnography undergraduate participants with a fully accredited UIMQRoo transcript.