IFSA Language and Cultural Studies in the Yucatán

Merida, Mexico


Language of Instruction


Language Prerequisite

2 semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent
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Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Summer: April 1
Min. GPA for Consideration:
Typical Credit Load:

About Language and Cultural Studies in the Yucatán

Experience Mérida, one of the most charming cities in Latin America, through its language and culture! Whether on campus, with your host family, or out and about, you'll put Spanish skills to work through daily interactions with the local Yucatecan community. 

Language and Cultural Studies in the Yucatán Benefits

  • Live and learn in a tranquil yet cosmopolitan center of culture in southern Mexico where they experience 300 days of sunshine per year
  • Compact size makes it easy to explore the city's squares and markets
  • 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
  • Learn about Mayan history and visit many archeological sites

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.
Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.
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 Language and Cultural Studies in the Yucatán


Looking for specific classes? Explore CHART, our exclusive class database — if the Language and Cultural Studies Program is pre-approved at your institution, you’ll find classes recently taken by other IFSA students.

The Language and Cultural Studies in the Yucatán program allows you to enroll in two classes exclusively designed for IFSA students at the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán. These classes, taught in Spanish by local university professors, are intended to provide you with an understanding of the events and issues that make Mexico what it is today. There are two tracks-- intermediate and advanced-- and your placement will be determined upon arrival in Mexico.



  • Intermediate Spanish and Culture or Advanced Spanish and Culture (3 Butler University credits) This is an intensive intermediate- or advanced-level language course conducted in Spanish by Mexican professors. It meets for 45 contact hours over the course of the summer.
  • Contemporary Yucatán: Selected Topics (3 Butler University credits) This topics course is based on current events in the Yucatan and Mexico. Standard topics include History of the 19th and 20th Centuries as well as Yucatan and the Caribbean, which help to prepare students for the program excursion to Cuba. Please note that partcipants on this program may not cross-enroll in classes offered on the Medical Spanish and Public Health in the Yucatán program, which runs concurrently with this program.
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

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
Host Family
Most meals included
Three meals per day are included.

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!

Program Advisor

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Jennifer McKibben

Assistant Director of Student Services. Program Advisor for IFSAOnline, Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, England, Mexico, Peru, and Scotland

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Resident Director

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Diana Arizaga

Regional Director, Latin America and Resident Director Mexico

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Academic Affairs Director

Dates and Fees

Summer 2020

Program Dates

Program Start Date
May 31, 2020
Program End Date
July 11, 2020

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

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