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Mexico Study Abroad at Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán

Study Abroad at Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán

  • Location: Mérida
  • Required GPA: 3.0 (4.0 scale)
  • Spanish requirement: 4 semesters of university level or equivalent
  • Application deadlines: October 15 for spring semester (Jan-May)
    April 1 for fall semester (Aug-Dec)
    April 1 for academic year (Aug-May)
  • Program advisor: Emily Beck
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Program Snapshot

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Ranked as the top public university in Mexico, the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (UADY) is a high quality, fulfilling academic environment located in the beautiful city of Mérida. Because of its location among some of the most fascinating archaeological sites in Mexico, UADY is proud of its commitment to archaeology and anthropology.

New for 2014: Study Public Health at UADY
IFSA-Butler is now offering a Public Health concentration through the UADY’s medical and nursing schools. Through a combination of specialized course work, university classes and field work, students will be able to compare health care systems in the U.S. and Mexico and learn about traditional medicinal practices in local Mayan communities.

What UADY has to offer

  • Large student body that benefits from the university's 15 faculties, research institute and 19 libraries
  • A high quality, fulfilling academic environment located in the largest city of the Yucatán and one of the safest in Mexico
  • Opportunity to study subjects such as anthropology, archaeology, business, public health, Latin American studies, sociology, tourism and more alongside local UADY students
  • Participate in IFSA-Butler's Exploring Community & Culture program
  • Volunteer opportunities available with local organizations or UADY's student volunteer group Hoy en tu Comunidad

Housing

  • IFSA-Butler arranges housing with a carefully selected host family
  • Only one IFSA-Butler student lives with a host family for maximum cultural immersion and language acquisition
  • The program fee includes three meals a day

Academics

  • A full range of course work is available in the social sciences, humanities, health, education, business and sciences
  • Classes at UADY generally earn 3 U.S. semester credit hours
  • Program includes a mandatory advanced Spanish course
  • Students may choose to take one of two program courses: History of Mayan Culture and Civilization or History of Mexico-U.S. Relations
  • Academic tutoring available upon request throughout the semester

 


Video: Watch IFSA-Butler alum Eleanor Stevens talk about her experience in Mérida.

 

Academics

Academic Structure

What is the academic structure of the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán program?
IFSA-Butler offers a semester and full-year study abroad program at the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (UADY) in Mérida, Mexico. The program allows you to enroll directly in classes at UADY with local students in the following colleges:

College of Social Sciences and Humanities (anthropology, archaeology, social communication, history, Latin American literature and tourism)
Architecture (architecture, studio art, visual arts)
Accounting and Business (accounting, marketing, international business, information technology administration)
Economics (economics, international business)
Law
Medicine (nutrition, public health, rehabilitation)
Nursing (nursing, social work)
Psychology

In addition, the program offers three program classes designed specifically for IFSA-Butler participants. These classes, taught in Spanish by local professors, are intended to provide you with an understanding of the events and issues that make Mexico what it is today.

Program Courses

What program courses does IFSA-Butler offer?
The following courses are specially designed for IFSA-Butler students on the UADY program. You are required to enroll in a mandatory Spanish language class; your placement level will be determined by an oral and written exam after your arrival in Mérida. Additionally, you can choose to enroll in one additional program course.

Click here to download all program course syllabi or click on each course title for the individual syllabus.

Advanced Spanish (3 U.S. semester credit hours beginning Spring 2014) All students are required to enroll in this course.  Students will be placed into sections following a placement test administered onsite.

History of Mexico-U.S. Relations (3 U.S. semester credit hours, fall semester only) This optional course examines the history of international relations between the U.S. and Mexico.

History of Mayan Culture and Civilization (3 U.S. semester credit hours) This optional course examines the history and evolution of the Mayan civilization. It is taught during spring semester only.

Directed Research Project (3 U.S. semester credit hours) This option offers the chance to do field research in a contemporary issue of your interest. Students who choose to do the research project must take this course.

Exploring Yucatán: Community and Culture (2 U.S. semester credit hours) This course is designed to assist students in getting the most out of their study abroad experience through thoughtful and meaningful reflections, analysis and discussion of contemporary Mexico through key concepts such as community and interculturality.

University Info

What is the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán like?
The Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán is one of the top universities in Mexico. It is especially renowned for archaeology and anthropology, thanks to its location among many of Mexico's most fascinating archaeological sites. Many other courses are also available, including social sciences, humanities, education and business.

University Courses

What UADY courses are available to me?
Most IFSA-Butler students take classes at the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. Although students can enroll in science courses, the science department campus is located two hours outside Mérida, so it may not be practical to consider taking courses there. If you would like to investigate offerings in other facultades, please follow the directions below. Unless otherwise indicated, all UADY courses are worth 3 U.S. semester credit hours.

As an IFSA-Butler student, you may enroll in undergraduate courses for which you are qualified and space is available. Additionally, you may enroll in open courses as long as you meet any prerequisites and have the adequate level of Spanish. You can enroll in any major except for médico cirujano, derecho, enfermería and químico farmaceútico biológico. While many course descriptions may be found online, course syllabi may not be available until the beginning of your semester.

Keep in mind the following:

  • Yearlong courses are open only to students who plan on taking both semesters of the course.
  • Classes included in any of the even-numbered semesters are offered only during the spring semester, and classes available in odd-numbered semesters are offered only during the fall.
  • Students considering business and psychology may have to stay past the official program end date to finish exams.

Where can I find a list of courses that UADY offers?
Follow these steps to obtain an online list of courses offered by UADY:

  1. From the following list, select the department you are interested in taking classes:

    College of Social Sciences and Humanities
    Architecture
    Accounting and Business
    Economics
    Law
    Medicine
    Nursing
    Psychology

  2. Look for a link to licenciaturas (majors) on the homepage of that department
  3. After clicking on licenciaturas, look for a link to "plan de estudio," "asignaturas," "mapa curricular" or "temarios." These are the lists of classes offered in that particular major. In some licenciaturas, you can click on the course title to see a course description or syllabus. This is not available for all departments.
  4. Click here for course syllabi from the College of Social Sciences and Humanities department. 

If a particular course you are looking for is not listed, contact your program advisor for more information. Course availability changes every semester.

Are there any restrictions or additional requirements for courses I can take?
The only licenciaturas in which students are not allowed to take classes are: médico cirujano and químico farmaceútico biológico.

While students can technically enroll in biology, veterinary medicine, and zoology, the science campus is located two hours outside of Mérida, so it may not be practical to consider taking classes there.

How are UADY courses different from the courses at my U.S. university?
The system of higher education in Mexico is more specialized than the U.S. liberal arts curriculum, which means that Mexican students enter university with some background in the subjects they wish to study. Therefore, local students take most of, if not all, their courses in one faculty and receive a degree in one field. In the U.S. system, students take a little of everything and don't specialize until a couple of years into their studies.

Additionally, you might notice that your Mexican classmates know each other very well. This is because students enroll in carreras rather than majors. Carreras are similar to majors in the United States but with a more structured program of study and fewer elective courses. Students from the same carrera enroll in the same courses together during their entire undergraduate career.

I need to provide course descriptions and/or syllabi to my home university advisor. Where can I find those?
If course descriptions or syllabi are not available online, contact your program advisor for assistance. Please provide the following information in your request:

  • University department/facultad
  • Course title
  • Course number (if available)

Please limit your request to 10 courses at a time. Keep in mind that it may take a few days to a month to obtain this information.

Registration

How will I register for courses?
Course registration will not take place until you are in Mérida. You, along with the help of the IFSA-Butler staff, will plan your course schedule during orientation. Before leaving for Mérida, it is a good idea to start thinking about the courses you want to take while you are abroad. Be sure to discuss the courses you may want to take with your U.S. university academic advisor.

While we are sure that your time abroad will be rewarding, you must be aware of some of the challenges inherent in dealing with the Mexican educational system. The resident director will not only discuss these at orientation, but will also be available to help you with any problems that may arise during the semester. Keep in mind that the educational system in Mexico is different from the system in the U.S. For example, universities do not usually publish course schedules until just before the start of the semester. In many cases, current course listings are not available until you arrive on site. You will have one week to try out your classes before you finalize your schedule.

What if I need to take a required course?
Because of the UADY's schedule, it is difficult to confirm course availability before you depart. If you are flexible in your course choices, you will probably be able to find a course that fits your needs. Keep in mind that if you need a specific course to fulfill your home institution's requirements, we may not be able to confirm the availability of that course or enroll you in it even if it is available. Both academic flexibility and patience are requirements for studying in Latin America.

Science and engineering courses everywhere require a high level of expertise, and students should be prepared for the increased challenge of studying these disciplines in Spanish. As these are fields in which there are generally few international students, visiting students may feel that the support system is not readily apparent. However, previous visiting students at UADY have found science and engineering course professors to be helpful.

What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full university course load as determined by IFSA-Butler, which is 15-16 U.S. semester credit hours per semester. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. Please be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home university or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.

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.

Exams

What do I need to know about exams?

Due to the difference in academic systems, your exam schedule will not be available until after you register for courses at UADY. Be sure to confirm exam dates with your professor at the beginning of the semester. You are not permitted to reschedule exams, request alternate assessment or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler will not be able to assist you in conducting an academic record query on the class in which you made this arrangement. Additionally, all academic obligations, including final exams, must be complete before leaving Mexico.

Transcripts

How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
After you return to the U.S., IFSA-Butler will send a Butler University transcript to your home university. The transcript reflects the courses taken, credits attempted and grades earned at the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán during your study abroad semester or year. We will also send an official transcript to your permanent home address.

Academic Tutors

What if I need academic help during the semester?
In addition to the formal Spanish class, our program organizes tutoring sessions for students throughout the semester or year. These may be scheduled at various times during the week, when students meet with the tutor on an individual basis. Please meet with the IFSA-Butler resident staff if you would like the assistance of a tutor.

Areas of Study

One the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán program, you are able to take university courses in a wide range of subject areas. See the "University Courses" tab for more information on departmental and course restrictions.

Following is a sample list of courses that previous IFSA-Butler students have taken in Mérida during recent semesters. Please keep in mind that this is not a complete list. There are many courses in Mérida from which you can choose. To see full course listings that may be available during your study abroad semester, click on the "University Courses" tab to access the online course catalog.

Popular Subjects and Courses*

Anthropology:

  • Anthropology of Caves
  • Ethnography of the Yucatán Peninsula
  • Latin American Anthropology
  • Mexican Anthropology
  • Rural Anthropology
  • Urban Anthropology

Archaeology:

  • Advanced Techniques of Subaquatic Archaeology
  • Experimental Archaeology
  • Introducation to Underwater Archaeology
  • Preclassic Mayan Archaeology
  • Subaquatic Archaeology Methods and Techniques

Communication:

  • Communication and Art
  • Image, Representation and Communication
  • Interpersonal and Group Communication
  • Latin American Focus for the Study of Communication

Foreign Language:

  • Colloquial Yucatean Mayan Course
  • Mayan Language

History:

  • 19th Century Latin American Culture and Thought
  • Church and State Relations in Centuries XIX-XXI
  • Cultural History of the Mayan Area
  • Hispanic American Boom in Spain 1962-1975
  • Mesoamerica
  • Philosophy of History

Sociology:

  • Gender and Society
  • Social Theory of Systems
  • Sociology of Art
  • Theory of Social Movements

Spanish:

  • 20th Century Mexican Literature
  • Fantastic Literature
  • Latin American Literature of the 20th Century
  • Novel of the Mexican Revolution
  • Spanish Literature of the Golden Century
  • Urban Literature

* All courses listed on this page were available to IFSA-Butler students during previous semesters on the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán program. IFSA-Butler cannot guarantee that a course listed here or on the university's online course catalog will be available or open to IFSA-Butler students during future study abroad semesters. Please contact your IFSA-Butler program advisor if you have questions about course availability.

Concentrations

Public Health Concentration
IFSA-Butler students participating on the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán program have the option of doing a specialized academic concentration focusing on Public Health. This is a great opportunity for students to gain in-depth knowledge about the subject by completing course work on Public Health and life sciences at the university and by working with local health professionals and organizations in rural and urban settings that will expose you to traditional and non-traditional approaches to health care.

Academics
A specialized program course just for participants on the concentration: Contemporary Public Health in the Yucatán (3 U.S. semester credit hours). As part of the course, students will participate in all Hoy En Tu Comunidad (UADY student organization with public health focus) projects or do a service project at UADY’S Unidad de Inserción Social. Students will also visit a Mayan community to meet a mid-wife, a bonesetter and an herbal doctor, among other related activities.

  • Students choose one or two health-related courses at the UADY (3 U.S. semester credits each); topics, which vary by semester, could include:
    • Nursing
    • Medical anthropology
    • Nutrition
    • Tropical diseases
    • Clinical psychology
    • Sports medicine
  • Mandatory Spanish courses (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
  • Students take one or two additional courses at the UADY (3 U.S. semester credit hours each)
  • Option to participate in IFSA-Butler’s Exploring Community and Culture program (2 U.S. semester credit hours)

Students who complete the concentration will receive a special mention from the UADY’s Facultad de Medicina.

Exploring Community & Culture

IFSA-Butler's Exploring Community & Culture program (C&C) at UADY is designed to take students' study abroad experiences to another level. It encourages them to get the most out of their time abroad by blending intercultural learning with an exploration of the local community and local community groups. Selected activities will foster your intercultural learning through a series of on-site discussions and self-reflection. Through this program you will be encouraged to engage with the community in which you are living and question your own perspective of the world, while learning to appreciate similarities and differences between cultures and communities.

A 2-credit C&C seminar is a complementary addition to your experience in Mérida. Reflective exercises and cultural discussions are part of the C&C and will help you process your cultural experiences in Mexico.

Click here to view the C&C course syllabus.

Housing

Housing Options

What are my housing options?

Study abroad is much more than academics. Learning takes place not only during class, but 24 hours a day. One of the best out-of-class experiences is the homestay, which is a vital, required component of the IFSA-Butler program.  One IFSA-Butler student is placed with a carefully selected, program approved host family for the duration of the study abroad semester or year.

In addition to the program application, be sure to click on the "Forms" tab to download and complete your Family Placement Form.  Once finished, submit your Family Placement Form to IFSA-Butler via email, fax or regular mail.

Meals

The Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán program includes three meals per day.

Housing FAQs

Is my housing included in the program fee?

Yes. Your program fee includes accommodation with your host family while classes are in session and during short university breaks. If you are studying abroad for an entire year, you will need to find alternate housing during the semester breaks.  You will be responsible for any commuting costs you may incur.

When will I receive my housing assignment?
You will most likely receive your housing assignment one to two weeks before your departure. However, you may not receive your housing assignment until you arrive in Mérida for orientation. Your program advisor will notify you of your housing assignment via email when it is ready.

Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.

Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
The UADY program does not require a housing deposit.

Can I arrange my own housing?
All students who participate on the UADY program must live with a program approved host family for the duration of the program.

Location Info

Living and Studying in Mérida
Population:800,000
Location: State of Yucatán on the far eastern edge of Mexico

City features

  • The capital and largest city of Yucatán
  • A tranquil yet cosmopolitan center of culture in southern Mexico
  • Compact size makes it easy to explore the city's squares and markets
  • Relaxed attitude and student-friendly atmosphere
  • Colonial Spanish architecture adds to Mérida's beauty and personifies the city's long history
  • A Mayan influence that shows in the local language and dress
  • Free evening concerts and a thriving nightlife
  • 300 days of sunshine each year!

Do more!

  • Explore nearby Mayan ruins of Uxmal and Chichén Itzá
  • Take a day trip to the beach port of Progreso or a weekend getaway to Cancún and Cozumel
  • Commune with nature at the bioreserve 60 miles west of Mérida

Links
Travelyucatan.com
Official site of the State of Yucatán
Yucatán Today
Mérida Insider

Dates & Fees

UADY Dates

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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 date listed as “Program ends” on the calendar.

Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed. In Mexico exams are taken under formal examination conditions, and changes cannot be made for individuals. 

UADY Fees

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What's included in our Mérida program fees
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Academic Year and Fall Payments Due: July 1
Spring Payment Due:
November 15

Program Fee Bills
IFSA-Butler will send a single bill for the entire program fee, which includes tuition, services, housing and some meals.

Housing
Each student lives with a carefully selected host family. The program fee includes three meals per day.

 

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 Mexico 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.

Forms

To apply to the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán program, use our easy online application.

Applicants to the UADY must complete additional forms as part of the application process:

Please submit these forms with the remainder of your program application. They can be sent to IFSA-Butler via email, fax or regular mail.

If you have already started an application to the UADY program, you can check the status of your application using the Student Portal.

Meet Your IFSA Team

IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in Mérida:

Assistant Director of Student Services Emily Beck assists with the application process and is here to answer program, culturemily beckal and academic questions before departure. Emily studied abroad in Mexico, worked in Chile, has traveled through Latin America, Europe and Australia, and is fluent in Spanish. She has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2005, as program advisor, interim resident director, and most recently assistant director for student services. She currently advises students on studying abroad in Latin America. Emily can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 4249.

 

 

martiStudent Accounts Coordinator Marty Weinbrecht assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Marty can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 4218.

 



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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.

 

saraUpon return from your study abroad program, Senior Academic Affairs Coordinator Sara Bell processes your Butler University transcript and assists with any academic record queries. Sara can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 4261.

Get Connected

Connect with IFSA-Butler Students

If you really want to know what it's like to study abroad, connect with IFSA-Butler alumni and students who are currently abroad on an IFSA-Butler program. Check out the following:

Student Network
Student Blogs
Experiences Abroad Videos
For Students

Volunteer

Volunteering while studying abroad in Mérida is an enriching experience, both personally and academically. Students report that even volunteering a few hours per week enhanced their study abroad experience by providing them with access to the local culture and a deeper understanding of problems that face Mérida's inhabitants on a daily basis.

Several volunteering opportunities exist in Mérida. Placements are made after you arrive onsite and are contingent upon a personal interview, your language level and available time commitment.

IFSA-Butler has prepared a list of places where you, as a visiting student, can volunteer to do social service. While this is purely optional, a commitment on your part is needed in order to arrange a placement. Upon completion of your period of volunteerism, you will be issued a certificate indicating the number of hours you dedicated and the type of work you completed. Volunteering does not earn academic credit and will not appear on your Butler University transcript.

Examples of places where students can be placed:

Ayuntamiento: Government-sponsored program providing English classes to disadvantaged communities in and around Mérida.  Activities include: Working with an English teacher to prepare materials for class, engaging in linguistic exchanges and helping students improve their pronunciation and grammar.

Time commitment: 4 hours per week
Placements available: 4

Centro de Cultura del Niño Yucateco (CECUNY): Government agency that provides creative programming and workshops in dance, art, literature, chess, choir and music for children between the ages of four and 12. Activities include: Helping prepare materials for workshops and culture events; students who can play instruments, dance or sing might also be able to teach classes.

Time commitment: 4 hours per week
Placements available: 4

Colegio Americano: Private school with kindergarten through high school grades and an excellent English program. Activities include: Working with an English teacher to prepare materials for class, engaging in linguistic exchanges and helping students' improve their pronunciation and grammar.

Time commitment: 4 hours per week
Placements available: 4

Colegio Renacimiento Primaria: School with preschool through middle school grades, including special education and a bilingual program; curriculum also focuses on science, technology and culture. Activities include: Working with an English teacher to prepare materials for class, engaging in linguistic exchanges and helping students' improve their pronunciation and grammar.

Time commitment: 4 hours per week
Placements available: 5

Hoy en tu comunidad: A private organization supported by the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán organized for students from different colleges to provide medical care and public health eduction to communities in and around Mérida. 

Time commitment: Every Saturday
Placements available: 10

Instituto para el Desarrollo de la Cultura Maya del Estado de Yucatán (INDEMAYA): Government agency designed to provide training and support for the Mayan communities in and around Mérida, as well as maintain and promote Mayan culture and language. Activities include: Helping to organize cultural events, creating projects relating to Mayan language and culture and distributing them via mass media, and educating citizens on their rights and directing them to the appropriate government agency based on their social or economic need.

Time commitment: 4 hours per week
Placements available: 2

Pronatura: Private organization that works to conserve the ecosystem of the Yucatán peninsula and promote a healthy relationship between society and nature. Activities include: Working with the organizations' directors on various ecological projects already underway.

Time commitment: 4 hours per week
Placements available: 2

Secretaria de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT): Governmental organization that Works with Mayan cooperatives to create and manage tourist sites in their communities. Activities include: Helping develop and implement community projects at tourist sites, including Ek-Balam and Punta Laguna.

Time commitment: 4 hours per week
Placements available: 15

Unidad de Atención Sicológica, Sexológica y Educativa para el Crecimiento Personal (UNASSE): Human rights organization founded in 1987 with the goal of providing free support for a variety of legal and public health issues, including sexual abuse, violations of workers' rights, prevention and/or treatment of cancer and HIV/AIDS. Activities include: Organizing workshops, creating brochures and conducting interviews.

Time commitment: 5 hours per week
Placements available: 3

Vida Familia A.C. (VIFAC): A not-for-profit organization that provides workshops for pregnant women which aim to teach them the skills they need to be self sufficient and provide a better quality of life for their children. Activities include: Helping prepare workshops and training sessions, fundraising and working on publicity campaigns to spread the word about the organization.

Time commitment: 3 to 5 hours per week
Placements available: 2

This is just a sample of the volunteer opportunities available to our students, and these may change from semester to semester. If you have specific interests, please discuss them with your program advisor, who can research other opportunities that may be available in your area of interest. Your program advisor can help you determine opportunities that fit your interests (if they are not listed above), but you will not formalize your volunteer placement until orientation.

Summer

Medical Spanish and Public Health in the Yucatán

Medical Spanish and Public Health in the Yucatán
Mérida, México
4 weeks

Study the rich culture of the Yucatán and learn Spanish in one of Latin America's safest areas. No previous Spanish language study required for this 4-week summer program located at the renowned Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (UADY). A mandatory Spanish course provides a solid foundation of written and spoken Spanish. Additionally,a medical terminology course gives invaluable help to medical, social work and business majors. Cultural events and excursions led by IFSA-Butler staff, along with housing and meals, are all included in the program fee.

Academics

  • Curriculum includes two required courses.
  • Introduction to Medical Spanish
  • Contemporary Issues in Public Health in the Yucatán
  • All courses are taught by UADY faculty
  • Students will earn 6 U.S. semester credit hours

Click here for more information about the Medical Spanish and Public Health in the Yucatán summer program, or contact the program advisor.

Language and Cultural Studies in the Yucatán

Language and Cultural Studies in the Yucatán
Mérida, Mexico
6 weeks

An intense social science experience in a beautiful, historic area of Mexico, this 6-week summer program offers students the opportunity to explore the rich history of the prehispanic Mayan civilization and its influence in Mexican culture. Two levels of language study are available (intermediate and advanced) on the Language and Cultural Studies program along with top-notch courses listed below. Additionally, students will visit archaeological sites throughout the Yucatán, participate on cultural events, field work and excursions led by IFSA-Butler staff which may include visits to historic towns, nature preserves, local museums, beaches, theaters and cooking lessons.

Academics

  • Students can earn 7-10 U.S. semester credit hours on the program
  • At the end of the three field work excursions, all students are required to write a one-page paper that will be evaluated and counted as part of all three courses

Intermediate II curriculum includes:

  • Intermediate Spanish
  • Intro to Medical Spanish
  • History of Mayan Culture and Civilization
  • Subaquatic Archaeology of Cenotes and Caves

Advanced I curriculum includes:

  • Advanced Spanish
  • Intro to Medical Spanish
  • History of Mayan Culture and Civilization
  • Subaquatic Archaeology of Cenotes and Caves
  • Mexican Anthropology

Click here for more information about the Language and Cultural Studies in the Yucatán summer program or contact the program advisor.

 
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