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.
Location: Merida, Yucatan
Affiliated universities: Marista University, Modelo University
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, late 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.