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I have always looked at study abroad as a chance to be challenged, both academically and socially, in the best way possible. I couldn’t wait to experience all the wonderful opportunities Paris had to offer.
– Sarah Pattison
Villanova University

summer program: merida, yucatan

Studies in Global Health

Summer 2014 Dates and Fees
Dates: May 24 - July 5, 2014
Credits: 6; 3 Spanish, 3 cross-cultural
Program Fee: $3,225

Health professionals in the United States are working with an increasingly diverse population.  Learn about a variety of health care settings in the Yucatan, which may include government-run social service hospitals, private hospitals and clinics, as well as rural and urban health care programs.  Explore the impact of cultural expectations and complex health issues as they relate to your profession in health care, social or public service. Students' professional development is enhanced by two week of shadowing local professionals in their area of interest. Examples include nursing, medicine, nutrition, physical therapy, mental health and health education. Students enroll in the following courses: Healthcare in Yucatan (taught in English) or Spanish for Health Professionals (minimum of two semesters of college Spanish required).

Location
Merida is an ideal location for global health studies because of its own diverse populations. Boasting a rich history of the ancient Maya people, Merida is also a prosperous modern city featuring many museums, art galleries, restaurants, theatres and shops located only 20 minutes from the Gulf of Mexico.

Courses
Plan for each course to meet two and a half hours a day, Monday through Thursday. Spanish for Health Professionals will focus on learning or improving both written and oral Spanish skills - especially those specific to health care. Healthcare in Yucatan will introduce you to Mexican expectations and styles of health care. Students can also expect to visits to NGOs, government run social service hospitals, large private hospitals and clinics as well as rural and urban health care.

Housing and Meals
Students live in the Central College Abroad house where students learn about Yucatecan customs and traditions through daily interaction with the on-site staff. Located in a residential area of Mérida, once the private residence of a former governor. Living arrangements include:

  • Two-to-four person bedrooms
  • Living area
  • Dining area
  • Reference library
  • Classroom
  • Computer space and wireless network

Most meals are served. The kitchen is open for student use at other times.

Excursions
Your program fee includes visits to both private and public clinics as well as hospitals in Merida. Also included are trips to Archaeological sites such as Uxmal, Chichen Itza, Tulum and natural wonders such as cenotes. In addition to the healthcare focus,
experience life on the Yucatan Peninsula and the Caribbean through two weekend
trips outside Merida.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition for 6 semester hours of credit (3 Spanish language; 3 cross-cultural)
  • Accommodation with full board
  • On-site orientation and oversight by Merida program director
  • Personal Central College Abroad Advisor for pre-departure support
  • Optional online pre-departure course
  • Cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • International Student Card
  • Welcome and Farewell receptions
  • Transcript

*Airfare is not included. Dates subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until you receive your official program calendar.

Deadline for Applications: March 1, 2014. A completed application file must include: application, essay, transcript, two faculty evaluation forms, and study abroad approval form. Apply now
Program deposit: $500 (due within two weeks of acceptance).