Mexico is close to home but a world away. As a student in our IFSA-Merida program, you will study in the capital of the state of Yucatan. You’ll visit amazing Mayan sites such as Chichen Itza and Uxmal – deepening your understanding of one of the main pre-Hispanic civilizations of the world and one of the most culturally diverse regions of Mexico. While Merida is home to the Mayans, one of the most important pre-hispanic civilizations, modern Merida is the result of the mixture of Spaniards and Mayans, combined with Eurpoean and Asian migrations.
The City Is Your Campus
You’ll find that the city is a living laboratory where you will encounter many cultures and peoples. Descendants from the pre-hispanic Maya, Mestizos and Spaniards have learned to coexist peacefully, sharing traditions, flavors, colors and perspectives. You’ll see this for yourself and become a part of it.
Be Completely Immersed
We have a fully staffed office that makes sure that all activities are geared toward providing you with the best experience. We work closely with two comprehensive universities, where you will be able to take a variety of courses with local students. You will live with warm, caring families and will participate in activities and excursions that expose you to a variety of contexts. All this helps you develop a sense of community and inclusion in the local city and society.
Add Directed Research to Your Resume
While studying in Merida, you will have the opportunity to take courses at two universities, and, if you choose, participate in a directed research project. You can learn contextually, develop research skills, and build a portfolio of work to highlight on your resume.
Experience Linguistic Diversity
Learning Spanish in Mexico will connect you, at the linguistic and cultural levels, with the large majority of Spanish speakers who live in the U.S. Learning Spanish in the Yucatan provides the Mayan cultural influence to the Spanish you are learning. In this program you also have the added benefit of taking Mayan language from native Mayan speakers, further broadening your linguistic horizons.
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