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  • Locations: Antigua, Guatemala; Chimaltenango, Guatemala; Guatemala City, Guatemala; Ixtahuacan, Guatemala; Parramos, Guatemala; Solola, Guatemala
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Cost Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description


Vet Clinic



Quick Facts

  • July 8 - July 28, 2021

  • Participate in Medical or Veterinary field clinics

  • Work with local doctors (English speaking)

  • Work and stay in Ixtahuacan, Sololá, Parramos, Sacatepéquez, and Antigua.

  • Academic and cultural visits

  • 3 credits of Internship or Independent Study

  • Space is limited. Apply early!

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


City View


Location Details

Known locally as Guatemala or Guate, the city serves as the capital of Guatemala--a Central American country south of Mexico, home to volcanoes, rainforests, and ancient Maya sites. With an estimated population of around 15.8 million, Guatemala the most populated country in Central America. The territory of modern Guatemala once formed the core of the Maya civilization. 

Ixtahuacan is located at about 7,500 ft above sea level in the steep mountains of the Sierra Madre range. (Santa Catarina Ixtahuacan)

Long before the Spanish showed up, the Kaqchiquel town of Sololá held importance due to its location on trade routes between the tierra caliente (hot lands of the Pacific Slope) and tierra fría (the chilly highlands). All the traders still meet here, and Sololá's market is one of the most vivid in the highlands. (Lonely Planet)

Come down from the mountains to Parramos, where you will spend a week working in clinics and engaging with the community in various service projects. Take a coffee tour and get to know the locals!

Antigua's beguiling beauty starts to seduce the moment you arrive. Once capital of Guatemala, its streetscapes of pastel facades unfold beneath the gaze of three volcanoes, and beautifully restored colonial buildings sit next to picturesque ruins in park-like surroundings. Outside the city, Maya communities, coffee plantations and volcanoes offer ample opportunities for exploration. It's no wonder Antigua remains Guatemala's most visited destination. (Lonely Planet)

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

This program is open to all majors. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 to apply.


Students will take one of the following courses for a total of 3 credits:  
  • ABS 484: Internship (3)
  • BIO 394: Internship (3)
  • IDS 499: Independent Study (3)



Faculty Directors

Dr. Bruce Oberstein
Professor of Practice
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Phone: 480-965-1293

Catherine Hart
Lecturer Sr. and Faculty Head
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Phone: 480-727-1467


Dr. Catherine Hart



Program Housing

Students will experience Guatemalan culture by living in a combination of homestays and hotels.  During the homestays, meals will be provided.  Some meals will also be provided during hotel stays.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Guatemala, public transportation and most public as well as private buildings lack accessible facilities for students with mobility disabilities. Sidewalks and ramps are often in disrepair.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. For example, in Guatemala, discrimination towards LGBTQIA individuals can and does occur and students may find local police to lack meaningful response to incidents. Public displays of affection between same-sex individuals can evoke stereotyping and comments from passersby.  

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. For example, in Guatemala, some women travelers may experience harassment in the form of cat calling and other forms of objectification by local men. Students are encouraged to travel in groups and in mixed company whenever possible.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2021 is TBD.

Program Fee includes: ASU tuition for three credits, housing in homestays and hotels, orientation activities, site visits and cultural events, internship placement services, ASU faculty support, in-country transportation, some meals, and international health insurance. 

Program fee does not include:
ASU student fees, airfare, passport, meals, independent travel, and personal expenses.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Program-Specific Funding Options

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.


Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/03/2020
Rolling Admission 07/07/2020 07/27/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

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

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.