I stayed with a host mom and I am so happy I did. I dove deep into the culture, and made it a part of my everyday life. There were some times when I would get frustrated with the language barrier, but overall it was totally worth it. I grew in my Spanish, and grew as a person as well.
Location: Merida, Yucatan
Affiliated universities: Marista University, Modelo University, Autonomous University of Yucatan
Central College Abroad coursework: Yes
Language prerequisite: Two semesters of college Spanish for the Studies in Global Health program
Language of instruction: English and Spanish
Service-learning options: Yes
Recent excursions: Historical and cultural sites in Yucatan, including visits to Chichen Itza and surrounding colonial villages, and a five-day trip to the state of Chiapas.
Housing and meals: Live with other Central College Abroad students in Central’s house or choose a homestay option with a Mexican family. Most meals are provided.
Program dates: Fall semester, late August – early December. Spring semester, mid January – early May.
Average program size: 14 students
Staff to student ratio: 1:7
Safety: Central College Abroad’s program in Merida is located far from the areas that the U.S. Department of State has pinpointed as cities and regions where unnecessary travel should be avoided. We have no plans to cancel or suspend upcoming programs. Read more about travel safety in our safety in Yucatan page.