Study abroad in Mexico with IFSA
Merida
, Mexico

IFSA January in Mexico

Program Overview

TRACE MAYAN ACHIEVEMENTS IN SUNNY MÉRIDA

Why follow your interest in history, humanities, or social science to sunny, welcoming Mérida? Because learning about Mayan history in a classroom is one thing. Experiencing it on the tropical Yucatán peninsula, amidst contemporary Mayan communities and the echoes of ancient achievements, is quite another.

Highlight: A visit to the Mayan community of Yaxunah or Chichén Itzá, one of the world’s seven wonders.

Students attending select Australia universities are welcome to participate in this program.

Details at a Glance

Application deadline

January: Nov. 1

Minimum GPA

2.00

Credit load

3 U.S. Semester Credit Hours

Housing

Home Stay

Instruction language

English

Prerequisites

Class taught in English. No Spanish required.

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Academics

History of Mayan Culture and Civilization
This class provides a historical perspective of the main characteristics of the Pre-Hispanic Mayan Civilization, including detailed information about the level of development reached by the Mayans from a historical, ethnographic, and ethno-archeological perspective from pre-colonial times through contemporary Mayan groups. With emphasis on the main achievements, such as architecture, writing and art, tangible and intangible cultural manifestations, a wider framework of understanding and analysis will be developed. (3 U.S. semester credit hours)

Australia Outbound Program
Students enrolled at select Australia universities are invited to participate in this program. The program is open to students of all year levels and all fields. Students will earn 45 contact hours credit; the equivalent of one subject.

Please see the Australia Outbound term below in the Dates and Fees section for program fees and expected expenses in Australian dollars. For more information on the Australia Outbound program, please reach out to us at australiaoutbound@ifsa-butler.org.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Eligibility

  • You must be at least 18 years of age. Students under 18 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  • You must be currently attending or recently graduated from a U.S. or Canadian community college, technical college, two-year college, four-year college, or four-year university. Students attending select Australia universities are also eligible.
  • You must have completed at least one (1) semester of study at your home institution before the beginning of the term.

Recommendation Letter
Not required.

Visa Requirement
Not required for U.S., Canadian, or Australian citizens. A visa may be required if you are a citizen of another country.

TRANSCRIPT
Upon completion of your program, IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. semester credit hour system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost. See our Transcripts page for more information.

Excursions

Activities and excursions are designed to pull you into the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. There’s no extra fee to participate in these optional outings—everything is included in your program fee.

Below are examples from previous terms; outings may be different for your program. We’ll make every effort to run them all, but sometimes things we can’t our control, such as local regulations and health protocols, get in the way. As result, we cannot guarantee activities and excursions.

  • Mérida City Tour: Enjoy downtown Merida experiencing the Mérida en Domingo art festival in Plaza Grande, a music festival, and a beautiful bike ride along Paseo de Montejo Avenue.
  • Historic Landmarks Outing: Visit historical and cultural landmarks such as Catedral de San Ildefonso, Zocalo, Casa de Montejo, and the Governor’s Palace.
  • Market Visit: Your taste buds are in for a treat with this introduction to regional Yucatán food and how it differs from traditional Mexican fare.
  • Mayan World Museum and Biciruta (Mérida en Domingo) Tour: This visit is designed to set you up with the cultural and historic context you need to fully appreciate the excursion to Chichén Itzá.
  • Chichén Itzá and Yodkzonot Trip: Just an hour from Mérida is Chichén Itzá, one of the world’s seven wonders and one of the most visited places in all Mexico. This excursion includes a visit to the extraordinary Yodkzonot cenote, a community-based tourism project where you’ll learn to prepare a typical dish of Mexican cuisine.

Housing and Meals

Housing

Home Stay

Meals

All Included

Details

Your homestay will be arranged with a carefully selected host family and located within a typical commute of the IFSA program center. Only one student is placed with each family. Students with limited Spanish skills will be housed with families that speak English. You will have a single bedroom with a bed, shared bathroom, and desk or other designated place to study. Laundry and three meals per day are included. You may occasionally want to buy snacks and eat at restaurants beyond what is provided by your host family.

Dates and Fees

Term

Term begins

Term ends

Program costs

Application deadline

January 2024

Early Jan. 2024

Mid-Jan. 2024

$3,975

Nov. 1

January 2024 (Australia Outbound)

Early Jan. 2024

Mid-Jan. 2024

$5,375 AUD

Nov. 1

Term

January 2024

Term begins

Early Jan. 2024

Term ends

Mid-Jan. 2024

Program costs

$3,975

Application deadline

Nov. 1

Term

January 2024 (Australia Outbound)

Term begins

Early Jan. 2024

Term ends

Mid-Jan. 2024

Program costs

$5,375 AUD

Application deadline

Nov. 1

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Selena Rincon

Selena Rincon

Admissions Counselor

Eleni Katsarelas

Eleni Katsarelas

Prearrival Counselor

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