IFSA Medical Spanish and Public Health in the Yucatán

Merida, Mexico


Language of Instruction

English, Spanish

Language Prerequisite

No Spanish required

Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Summer: April 1
Min. GPA for Consideration:
Typical Credit Load:

About Medical Spanish and Public Health in the Yucatán

Are you interested in health sciences? Would you like to learn Spanish to use in a healthcare setting? Clinical observations in urban and rural settings turn the Yucatán into a classroom as you study health care, politics, culture, community and medical Spanish. An excursion to Cuba explores health care systems in the region.

Medical Spanish and Public Health in the Yucatán Benefits

  • Live and learn in Mérida, a cozy, colonial city located about 20 minutes from the coast
  • Study the rich culture of the Yucatán and learn Spanish in one of Latin America's safest areas
  • No previous Spanish language study required
  • Courses taught by faculty from the renowned Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (UADY)
  • A medical Spanish course gives invaluable help to medical, social work and business majors
  • Improve your Spanish language medical vocabulary so you can help even more people as a health professional
  • An excursion to Cuba is offered as part of the program at no additional cost

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 Medical Spanish and Public Health in the Yucatán


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

The 5-week Medical Spanish and Public Health in the Yucatán program allows you to take two courses designed exclusively for IFSA students at the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán and provide you with an introduction to medical Spanish.



The following courses are specially designed for IFSA students on the Medical Spanish and Public Health in the Yucatán program and are mandatory. Please note that courses are subject to availability and enrollment minimums. If you have had two or more semesters of Spanish, please consider our six-week Language and Cultural Studies in the Yucatán program.

  • Introduction to Medical Spanish (3 U.S. semester credit hours) Medical Terminology is used to communicate information about illnesses and medical conditions in the health care system. It is a universal language based on Latin, Greek roots and etymologies utilized daily in the medical field. While this course will study the vocabulary used in the medical field, its emphasis is on applied Spanish language not only from a linguistic competence but also to learn how to interpret meanings of medical terminology according to the local cultural context. This is a theoretical course taught in Spanish and English. 
  • Contemporary Issues in Public Health in the Yucatán (3 U.S. semester credit hours) Increasing diversity in the socioeconomic, ethnic and racial composition of our communities has presented health care providers with many new challenges when responding effectively to patients healthcare and wellbeing. This course will expand on these topics, while providing basic knowledge about healthcare in the Yucatán. It will examine from a cross-cultural perspective the public and private health care systems of Mexico, mainstream and traditional care in urban and rural settings, as well as study local prevailing health issues such as cervical cancer, obesity, diabetes and heart disease in order to understand the patients' expectations from their own cultural context. This is a theoretical course taught in English. A series of visits to local rural communities are arranged, as well as visits to several medical facilities where students will conduct clinical observations.
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 Medical Spanish and Public Health in the Yucatán
Archaeology Cultural Studies Health Studies History Indigenous Studies Latin American Studies Linguistics Medicine, Pre-Medical Public/Global Health Spanish Translation

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
Host Family
Most meals included
The Merida Universities program includes three meals per day.

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
June 6, 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