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My favorite academic experience was my internship that I completed in a small village outside of Merida. I met once a week with a woman who started a fair trade co-op. By the end of the experience, I had improved my knowledge of life in her small village, her co-op, improved my Spanish speaking abilities, and made a new friendship.
– Stephanie Heiken
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.