“Through my IFSA program, I volunteered at a travel startup where I initiated and developed a six-month lesson plan for the first English teaching program in a Mayan community, created a cost plan for program volunteers, and translated itineraries.”
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About Summer in Mexico
Experience a blend of Mayan and Spanish influences in Mérida, one of the most charming cities in the Yucatán, as you complete summer studies. Mérida shines not only as a place for learning, but also because they have more than 300 days of sunshine per year! It's the perfect place to enhance your Spanish language skills or further your health studies interests.
During your Summer in Mexico, customize your study abroad experience by taking a single class during the four-week Session 1, or Session 2, or Session 3. You can also extend your studies by enrolling in both Sessions 1 and 2, or Sessions 2 and 3. Combine study with an internship by enrolling in Summer in Mexico Session 1 followed by the eight-week Summer Internship in Mexico Session 2 program. Or enroll in Summer Internship in Mexico Session 1 followed by Summer in Mexico Session 3.
Please note that Summer in Mexico replaces our Language and Culture Studies in the Yucatán summer program and our Medical Spanish and Public Health in the Yucatán summer program.
Academics at Summer in Mexico
During your Summer in Mexico, customize your study abroad experience by taking a single class during the four-week Session 1 or take a single class during the four-week Session 2. You can also extend your studies by enrolling in both Session 1 and Session 2. Combine study with an internship by enrolling in Summer in Mexico Session 1 followed by the eight-week Summer Internship in Mexico program.
SESSION 1 CLASSES
Beginning Spanish I (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
Intermediate Spanish I (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
Ecology and Sustainable Development
One of today’s key challenges is raising awareness around the long-term conservation of natural resources and the urgent importance of local knowledge inventories to do so. Taught in English, this course addresses aspects of the history of ecology, as well as conceptual components of tropical ecosystems and the ways in which they interact in the environment. Approaching ecology as an interdisciplinary science enables a deeper understanding of its importance in the recovery, preservation, and protection of the environment. Students will examine theory in practice, through participation in multiple field visits, ecology’s relationship with sustainable development in the Yucatán. (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
SESSION 2 CLASSES
Beginning Spanish II (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
Intermediate Spanish II (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
Contemporary Issues in Public Health in the Yucatán
Increasing diversity in the socioeconomic, ethnic, and racial composition of our communities has presented healthcare providers with new challenges when responding effectively to patient health and wellbeing. Taught in English, this course examines the public and private healthcare systems of Mexico, mainstream and traditional care in urban and rural settings, and local prevailing health issues such as cervical cancer, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease in order to understand the patients’ expectations from their own cultural context. Students will participate in a series of field visits to rural communities, as well as medical facilities to conduct clinical observations. (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
Contemporary Yucatán: Selected Topics – Identity and Migration
Taught in Spanish, this course analyzes the contemporary dynamics of power and privilege in contemporary Yucatán. Students will develop an understanding of the current local political landscape, as well as the social and cultural perspectives. Featured topics include the Mayan indigenous population; identity and diversity in the Yucatán and Mexico; forms of political organization; violence, racism, and discrimination; and migration within the Yucatán and across Mexico into the U.S. As a general reference point for each of these themes will be the history of Yucatán and its relationships with the U.S. and the Caribbean. (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
SESSION 3 CLASS
Introduction to Medical Spanish
Medical terminology is the language used to describe components and processes of the human body, medical procedures, diseases, disorders, and pharmacology. Simply put, it is the vocabulary that medical professionals use to describe the body, what it does, and the treatments they prescribe. Students will learn functional usage of Spanish language by health professionals and explore relevant social, cultural, and behavioral frameworks that help establish more meaningful connections with Spanish-speaking patients. This course is appropriate for students with zero to two semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent. (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. credit 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.
- Mérida City Tour: Enjoy downtown Merida experiencing the Mérida in Domingo art and music festival and enjoy a beautiful bike ride along the 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 and Cooking Class: Prepare authentic local cuisine with host families as the expert chefs after visiting a local market to purchase fresh ingredients. Learn and experience the relationship between food, eating, and building relationships.
- Explore Mayan Civilization: Learn about Mayan civilization at the Mayan Word Museum and Yucatan’s cultural traits at the Museum of Music.
- Uxmal Archaeological Site Day Trip: Explore the second most important Mayan site in the Yucatan Peninsula that wonderfully showcases the ornamental Mayan architecture. Discover the importance of water collection methods by learning the varying techniques and cultural beliefs associated with this precious resource.
- Pueblo Mágico Day Trip: Enjoy the picturesque Village of Mani, also known as Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town), to visit the site where a prominent Spanish priest burned and destroyed thousands of Mayan statues, art, books, and historical artifacts. You will also visit a sustainable agroecology farm with flora and fauna typically native to remote areas, being maintained following traditional practices.
- Chichen Itzá and Izamal Day Trip: Enjoy this day trip to Chichen Itzá to visit the breathtakingly beautiful and intricate web of water collection sites called cenotes. Then to Izamal, an ancient Mayan city often referred to as Ciudad Amarilla (Yellow City), with the largest convent from the colonial era.
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