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Guatemala Semester Abroad

FPU is partnering with Students International to enable our students to spend a semester in Guatemala. 

  • Earn credit for a semester of study
  • All costs covered through regular tuition plus room and board
  • Federal, state and FPU institutional grants and loans apply
  • Live with a Guatemalan family
  • Go on weekend excursions
  • Available to any FPU undergraduate student regardless of your major


One of the best parts of the Guatemala experience is cost. All costs of the program, including round trip airfare and weekend excursions, are covered by regular FPU tuition plus $1500. All student aid, including institutional aid, federal government aid and California state aid, may be used towards your Guatemala semester.

Credit and courses

Students may earn a maximum of 15 units of credit from the program—six units of Spanish credit, six units of focus series credit plus additional major units.

This program can be adapted for multiple majors: Spanish, intercultural studies, social work, liberal studies, business, environmental studies and art. With the addition of two or three classes at Fresno Pacific, this program can also be the basis of an intercultural studies minor.

Guatemala Credits and Courses

Courses (15 total units)

SPAN286 - Spanish (6 units)

Spanish classes at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels are offered through a highly respected Guatemalan language school. Additional Spanish language and literature classes are available for students who are already proficient in Spanish.

ICS320 - Introduction to Holistic Mission in Guatemala (3 units)

A survey and introduction of the biblical and theoretical basis for Holistic Christian mission with a special focus on the church’s ministry to the poor. In particular, this course will explore ministry responses to social, cultural, political and spiritual issues within a variety of ministry contexts. Where possible students will reflect on their own ministry experiences and consider the gospel’s impact on both individuals and society.

SOC338 - People & Cultures of Guatemala (3 units)

In this class, students will explore Guatemalan culture with special attention given to the history, politics and religion of this Central American nation along with issues of race, immigration, class and family relationships that are unique to the country. Course sessions will be led by Guatemalans with expertise in each of these areas and students will make visits to various sites of cultural significance.

SOC481 - International Internship (3 units)

An intensive semester-long experience in which the student is fully immersed in Guatemalan culture, involved in hands-on ministry and guided by a mentor. Goal setting and journaling activities will help students engage in self-reflection and mentor evaluations will provide them with constructive feedback about their ministry skills. Internships will be supervised by qualified North American instructors. Internships can be tailored to fit the needs in a variety of majors, including social work, psychology, intercultural studies, contemporary Christian ministries, sociology, liberal studies, business and others.

ICS300 - Orientation Study Abroad (1 unit)


Internships will provide students with 'real-world experience of living and working in another culture. Internships can be tailored to fit the needs of a variety of majors, including social work, psychology, intercultural studies, contemporary Christian ministries, sociology, liberal studies, business and others.



Students will stay with Guatemalan host families for the entire semester. Students will travel on several different weekends to various locations throughout Guatemala to experience the tremendous variety that Guatemala offers.

Application and Registration

If you would like to find out more information about the Guatemala program please contact one of there persons below. If you are interested in applying, program please complete this application.

Complete the application

For more information, contact Ken Martens Friesen at 559-453-7126 or or Angela Chapa at 559-453-2170 or