IFSA January in Mexico

Merida, Mexico


Language of Instruction


Language Prerequisite

Class taught in English. No Spanish required.

Finance Options
Financial aid, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Summer: WINTER: November 1
Min. GPA for Consideration:
Typical Credit Load:
3 U.S. Semester Credit Hours

About January in Mexico

What could be better than exploring Mexico's Yucatán region in January? With temperatures hovering around 85 degrees during the day, you'll warm up quickly to the culture, and visit sites such as world-famous Chichén Itzá. In the three-week Multicultural Psychology class, perfect to fulfill an elective or social science requirement, you'll actively examine the ways psychology is socially constructed. With activities included, your stay in the Mérida will be even more valuable and memorable.

January in Mexico Benefits

  • Mérida's compact size makes it easy to explore the city's squares and market in this tranquil, yet cosmopolitan city.
  • Spanish architecture adds to Mérida's beauty and personifies the city's long history.
  • Enjoy free evening concerts and a thriving nightlife in a student-friendly atmosphere.
  • The three-week Multicultural Psychology class is a perfect elective or can be used to fulfill a major requirement, and you will earn 3 U.S. semester credit hours.
  • Take your learning into the field and examine how culture informs psychology and beliefs about mental health while engaging with local doctors and community advocates.
  • All activities, including meals and transportation, are included in the program fee. 

The IFSA Difference

Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.
You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.
More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.
Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.
You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at January in Mexico


Multicultural Psychology
(3 U.S. Semester Credit Hours)

Students in this class will place psychology from a global perspective, learn that cultural differences impact behavior, and explore through a cross-cultural approach those behaviors and mental processes that may be universal. In so doing, students will examine and critically analyze theories associated with multiculturalism and diversity.

The class will explore the ways in which psychology is socially constructed and will pay particular attention to the following factors as they influence human development: oppression, language, acculturation, economic concerns, racism and prejudice, sociopolitical factors, child-rearing practices, religious practices, family structure and dynamics, and cultural values and attitudes.

This will not be your average lecture course. It is an experiment, designed around learning experiences and opportunities instead of a textbook. The only way to learn is to participate and observe both the behavior of others and your own behavior and thoughts. This unique opportunity in Mexico will allow you to focus on your own culture in contrast to the cultures encountered in Mexico.

Experiential Learning
To make the most of your three weeks in Mérida, IFSA takes your learning outside the classroom with multiple co-curricular activities each week – designed to honor indigenous Mayan culture and engage with locals who champion increased visibility and resources for mental health challenges. These experiences may include:
  • A visit to archaeological sites including Chichén Itzá, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
  • A day trip to Yaxunah to learn about contemporary Mayan peoples and their cultural rituals.
  • A guest lecture on health promotion and consumer awareness in Mexico.
  • An interview with a social psychologist to learn about their applied community projects.
  • A meeting with an educational organization that promotes mental health awareness in public schools.
All activities, including meals and transportation, are included in the program fee. 
IFSA courses are taught by English-speaking faculty from various higher education and professional institutions throughout Merida, who combine theoretical and practical expertise in their chosen subject area.
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
Subjects offered at January in Mexico
Cultural Studies Latin American Studies Psychology

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
You will live near the IFSA program center in the northeast part of Mérida, in fully furnished apartments with single and shared bedroom options, and shared bathrooms. Apartments include a common dining area and kitchen with a microwave, refrigerator, and stovetop. There is no meal plan; you will purchase your meals or cook for yourself.

The IFSA Team

IFSA has a dedicated team who are here to help you prepare to achieve your goals. Feel free to reach out. We are happy to answer your questions!

Resident Director

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Diana Arizaga

Regional Director, Latin America and Resident Director Mexico

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Dates and Fees

Winter 2021

Program Dates

Program Start Date
December 28, 2020
Program End Date
January 16, 2021

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

Local Transportation
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs