Language and Cultural Studies in the Yucatán
¡Bienvenido! We’re excited that you’re considering IFSA-Butler's Language and Cultural Studies in the Yucatán program at Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán for your summer abroad. Mérida is a cozy, colonial city located about 20 minutes from the coast. We’re sure you’re going to love studying there.
What the Language and Cultural Studies in the Yucatán program has to offer
What is the academic structure of the Language and Cultural Studies in the Yucatán Program?
What program courses does IFSA-Butler offer?
Please note that courses are subject to availability and enrollment minimums.
Intermediate Spanish and Culture or Advanced Spanish and Culture (Mandatory, 3 U.S. semester credit hours)
Contemporary Yucatán (Mandatory)
Please note that partcipants on this program may not cross-enroll in classes offered on the Medical Spanish and Public Health in the Yucatán program, which runs concurrently with this program.
What is the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán like?
Students on this program do not directly enroll at the Universidad Autónoma del Yucatán. All program classes are specially designed for IFSA-Butler students only. Program classes meet on the UADY campus and are taught by UADY faculty.
How will I register for courses?
What are the registration conditions?
All courses are graded on an A–F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. Students are not allowed to register for on-line, distance education or hybrid courses. See the “Academics” and “Program Fees and Financial Aid” sections in Preparing to Study Abroad for more information.
What do I need to know about exams?
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
What if I need academic help during the semester?
What are my housing options?
Is my housing included in the program fee?
When will I receive my housing assignment?
Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.
Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
Can I arrange my own housing?
Living and Studying Abroad in Mérida, Mexico
Dates & Fees
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Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.
Program housing is available only until the day shown on the calendar as “Program ends.”
Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed.
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Payment Due: May 15
Program Fee Bills
Personal Cost Estimates
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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs.
The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.
**Meals: The housing component of our program fee includes three meals per day.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
Commuting: Estimates are for transportation between housing and university. Transportation for personal or recreational purposes is not included in the above estimates.
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
Meet Your IFSA-Butler TeamIFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help prepare students for their program in Mérida:
Program Advisor Jennifer McKibben assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Jennifer studied abroad in Costa Rica for a year through an IFSA-Butler program. After completing her undergraduate degree in Spanish at Butler University, she moved to Costa Rica for three years to immerse herself in the culture and pursue a Master’s degree in Spanish-English Translation at Universidad Nacional. She is very passionate about helping students have impactful, enriching experiences abroad. Jennifer currently advises students planning to study abroad in Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru. She can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4264.
Student & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (one who has studied abroad too), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 4252.
Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office, including our resident director. Click here to read more about Resident Director Diana Arízaga.
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Field Work and Excursions
Students in the Introducation to Medical Spanish course will shadow medical professionals at a local clinic. Students will rotate among the the clinic's specialties (general medicine, orthopedics, nutrition, psychology, physical therapy and more) and write a journal of these experiences. At the clinic students will also put into practice their theoretical learning and will learn more about cultural differences in medicine.
In addition, numerous field excursions and cultural activities are included in the program fee:
A five-day excursion to Cuba is also included in the program fee. The excursion is subject to change.