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summer program: merida, yucatan

Language and Culture Immersion

Summer 2015 Dates and Fees
Dates: June 4 - July 2, 2016
Credits: 6 Spanish
Program Fee: $3,140

Dive into a Spanish language and culture immersion program in Merida, Yucatan. Students of all language levels are welcome on this four-week summer program, where you are immersed both culturally and linguistically through formal classes, home stays, numerous excursions and free time to explore this wonderful colonial city.

Merida is a city that boasts a rich history of the ancient Maya people. The surviving remnants of the Mayan culture can be seen today in the way people speak and dress. Mérida is also a prosperous modern city that features many museums, art galleries, restaurants, theatres and shops. From Mérida, it is possible to visit Yucatán´s most treasured Mayan ruins, a must for all visitors.

Plan to meet Monday through Thursday for instruction in intensive language instruction for 5 hours per day. The focus is on learning or improving both written and oral Spanish skills, and developing an understanding of and appreciation for the history, culture and customs of Mérida and of the Yucatan. To reinforce the practical use of Spanish, instruction will take place not only in the classroom but also in the local cafes, grocery stores, markets, theatrical and cultural events. Courses are taught by Central’s own locally appointed faculty.

Housing and Meals
Students live with Yucatecan families through Central College Abroad’s homestay program. Plan to learn or improve your Spanish, and experience traditional Yucatecan hospitality and meals throughout the week

Hit the road with excursions that make the classroom come alive. Your program fee includes a day trip as well as two weekend trips. Enjoy a visit to the ancient Maya city, Uxmal as well an excursion to the beautiful Caribbean including visits to Chichen Itza Tulum, as well as a working hacienda. Explore natural wonders such as cenotes and flamingo sanctuaries. Two weekend trips outside Merida to experience life on the Yucatan Peninsula and in the Caribbean. There will also be countless opportunities for cultural activities in historic downtown Merida.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition for 6 semester hours of credit (6 Spanish language)
  • Host family accommodations 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).