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  • Locations: La Paz, Bolivia; Santa Cruz, Bolivia
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: SJU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: No minimum Class Eligibility: Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Language of Instruction: English Service Learning: Yes
Program Type: Faculty-led, Study Tour Academic Areas: Faith-Justice, Latin American Studies, Religious Studies, Theology
Scholarships: Center for International Programs, Latin American Studies Scholarship Visa Required for U.S. Citizens: Yes
Program Description:
Indigenous Religions, Economic Globalization & Human Rights (REL 272) – Study Tour in Bolivia 
March 9-18th, 2018
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Course Information

Course: Indigenous Religions, Economic Globalization & Human Rights (REL 272) with Dr. Shawn KrahmerShawn Krahmer

  • Religious Difference GEP -- OR -- DGNW Overlay GEP
  • Ethics Intensive Overlay GEP
  • Latin American Studies Minor 
  • Faith-Justice Studies Minor
  • IBU International Exposure
Course Description: Emil Durkheim has described a religion as a unified system of beliefs and practices relative to the sacred that unite into a single moral community those who adhere to them.  This course will apply the methods of the History of Religions to discover those religious beliefs and practices shared by indigenous populations of Bolivia that, in some senses, unite them into a “single moral community.” The class will first examine central religious beliefs of indigenous Bolivian religions (e.g., cosmology, communal origin myths, spirits and divine figures, rituals and ritual spaces, and the relationship of natural and supernatural). Along the way, the class will wrestle with broader questions in the study of religion, such as interpreting the archaeological record, inducing religious experience, and relationship between religious authority and social or political power. The class will then explore the moral implications of these beliefs. The course will pay particular attention to the economic sphere, using case studies to explore how indigenous beliefs and practices are shaping distinctive economic forms that contrast those typically promoted by global capitalism. 

Eligible students:Fe y Alegria
  • Students who are in good financial standing and who are not on academic or disciplinary probation

Credit: Upon acceptance, students will be registered for REL272, for 3 credits, as part of their Spring 2018 Semester course load. Students will not be able to register themselves for the course.

Class Meeting Time: TBD

Tentative Itinerary

Program & Cost Information
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 Your Program Includes: 
  • Transportation: Round-trip, international airfare; Round-trip, domestic airfare; Airport transfers; Ground transportation
  • Accommodation: for duration of program
  • Meals: All included
  • Logistics: Premium for HTH Emergency Medical, Natural Disaster, and Political Evacuation Insurance; 24/7 Assistance of on-site coordinator and CIP staff (based in U.S.)
1) Estimated* Program Fee: $3,200
  • Deposit: Non-refundable $300 check due to the CIP office (183 Bala Place) as part of application by November 15th
  • Payment 1: $1,450 due to Hawk Central (can be paid online) by January 6th, 2018
  • Payment 2: $1,450 due to Hawk Central (can be paid online) by February 3rd, 2018
*Based on enrollment of 8 or more students. If the number of participants change, the program fee will also change.  

2) Estimated Undergraduate Tuition: If this course is part of your normal course load (5 classes), there is no extra tuition fee. If this course is an overload course (a 6th course), students must pay overload tuition for the 3 credits.

The program fee does not include:
  • U.S. Passport ($135) or Renewal ($110), see below.
  • Personal expenses & souvenirs (Consider the Cost of Living Index)
  • Trip Cancellation & Interruption Insurance (Recommended but Optional; Students will learn more about how to purchase post-acceptance into the study tour)

Passport Information 
Although a copy of your passport is not needed in order to apply for a Study Tour, it can take 6 weeks or more to obtain a passport. Upon acceptance, the CIP will need a copy of your passport. If your passport is expired or will expire in September 2018 or earlier, please renew your passport right away. Passport information can be found on the State Department Website.
Country Information 

Review the following information for Bolivia: State Department & CDC information.
Information Sessions
Thursday, October 12th
11am | Barbellin


How to Apply
  1. Click 'Apply Now' on this brochure and begin with your SJU login
  2. COMPLETE All elements of your application before the application deadline*
    • Applications are accepted first come, first served.
  3. Submit the $300 confirmation deposit to the CIP office to hold your spot on the tour. (Refundable if the tour does not run; non-refundable if you change your plans.)
*To access a previously started application, please click SJU login/register at the top right and login to view your application. Do not click Apply Now again.
Related Scholarships

CIP Study Tour Grant
Please apply for the Study Tour before applying for the Grant. CIP grant application due by 11:59pm October 15th. 

LAS Scholarship
The Charles F. Shreiner '50 Fund for Latin American Studies is the gift of several generous alumni of Latin American Studies at Saint Joseph's University. To be eligible, a student must have already taken or be currently enrolled in one or more Latin American Studies courses at Saint Joseph’s. This course can be in any of the supporting disciplines. All Saint Joseph's University students, regardless of major are invited to apply, though preference will be given to students who have declared a minor in Latin American Studies and who demonstrate financial need. Applications must be completed online here. | Deadline: October 15th, 2016 11:59PM. 

In addition to our office scholarship, you can check with your Academic Department for scholarships or review our website information on Scholarships

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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.