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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

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MexicoLocation: Merida, Yucatan

Programs offered:

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

Internships: 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: 15 students

Staff to student ratio: 1:8

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.