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In Merida there is always something fun to do around town, and all the great Mexican food you can eat! And the excursions were not only educational, but fun since we got a lot of down time to either explore the sites we were at or just relax with the people in our program.
– Tori Paris
Central College

academic affiliate universities

Advanced language students have a very unique immersion opportunity with the ability to enroll in up to two courses alongside Yucatecan students at local universities. Choose from Marista University and/or Modelo University based on your academic needs.

Marista University

Marista University is commited to an educational model based on a high level of academic integrity and a responsibility to serve the community. It is a popular choice for marketing, architecture and psychology students, among others. Coursework is available in the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Architecture
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Ecology
  • Engineering
  • Environmental studies
  • Graphic design
  • Interior Design
  • Law
  • Management
  • Marine biology
  • Marketing/Public relations
  • Nutrition
  • Tourism/Hospitality

Courses are generally offered for three credits. For course listings, visit our course catalog.


Modelo University

Modelo is a private university with an emphasis on the professional and personal development of each student. It is a popular choice for students with an interest in pursuing international studies and business. Students may choose up to two courses in the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Architecture
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Engineering
  • Exersice Science/Kinesiology
  • Fashion design
  • Graphic design
  • International studies
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Management
  • Marketing/Public relations
  • Nutrition
  • Political science
  • Psychology
  • Tourism/Hospitality

Courses are generally offered for three credits. For course listings, visit our course catalog.


Autonomous University of Yucatan

Autonomous University of Yucatan (UADY) is a public university in Merida where students with a demonstrated superior level of Spanish can take classes alongside local students. Fall option only. Academic areas include:

  • Anthropology
  • Communication
  • Latin American Studies
  • Marketing
  • Psychology

Courses are generally offered for three credits. For course listings, visit our course catalog.