Mexico Study Abroad at Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán
Study Abroad at Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán
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 it's commitment to archaeology and anthropology.
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What UADY has to offer
What is the academic structure of the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán program?
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.
What program courses does IFSA-Butler offer?
Click here to download all program course syllabi or click on each course title for the individual syllabus.
Advanced Spanish (4 U.S. semester credit hours through Fall 2013) All students are required to enroll in this course. Students will be placed into sections following a placement test administered onsite.
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) 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.
Community Engagement (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.
What is the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán like?
What UADY courses are available to me?
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:
Where can I find a list of courses that UADY offers?
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?
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?
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?
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.
How will I register for courses?
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?
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?
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?
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.
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
What if I need academic help during the semester?
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*
* 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.
IFSA-Butler's Community Engagement Program (CEP) 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 CEP course is a complementary addition to your experience in Mérida. Reflective exercises and cultural discussions are part of the CEP and will help you process your cultural experiences in Mexico.
Click here to view the CEP course syllabus.
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.
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 the any commuting costs you may incur.
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 in Mérida
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 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.
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Academic Year and Fall Payments Due: July 1
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 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.
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 for Language-Based Programs Emily Beck assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural 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 language-based programs. She currently advises students on studying abroad in Latin America and England. Emily can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 4249.
Student 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.
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.
Upon 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.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Beginning Language, Culture and Medical Spanish
Medical Spanish and Public Health in the Yucatán
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.
Language and Cultural Studies
Language and Cultural Studies in the Yucatán
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.
Intermediate II curriculum includes:
Advanced I curriculum includes: