Mérida – Global Health

Mérida - Global Health

Open to students who have completed two semesters or more of college-level Spanish.  Learn about a variety of health care settings in the Yucatán, which may include government-run social service hospitals, private hospitals and clinics and rural and urban healthcare programs.  Explore the impact of cultural expectations and complex health issues as they relate to health care professions.  Students’ professional development is enhanced by two weeks of shadowing local health professionals in their area of interest.  Examples include nursing, medicine, nutrition, physical therapy, speech therapy, mental health and health education.

Examine the complexities of global healthcare through cultural immersion
  • May 26 - July 5, 2019
  • Program Fee: $3,692

Program Details



Plan for each course to meet two and a half hours a day, Monday-Thursday. Spanish for Health Professionals will focus improving written and oral Spanish skills - especially those specific to health care. Health care in Yucatán will introduce you to Mexican expectations and styles of health care. Students can also expect to visit NGO's, government run social service hospitals, large private hospitals and clinics, as well as rural and urban health care.


Mérida , a city of nearly a million people, is a city of both new and old.  The modern urban areas in the northern part of the city stand in contrast to the historic downtown and bustling markets where you can hear the call of the elote (corn on the cob) lady and the clack of horse-drawn carts.

Housing and Meals

Located in a residential neighborhood, the Central College house was once the home of a former governor.  The household arrangements include two-to-four person bedrooms, classrooms, dining room, living room and kitchen.  Meals are served family style and combine Yucatecan, Mexican and international cuisine.  Meals are included Monday-Friday.

If you prefer a more authentic immersive Yucatecan experience, live with a host family carefully chosen by Central College staff.  The homestay immerses you in language, cuisine and lifestyle of the Yucatán.


Recent excursions include:

  • Visits to both private and public clinics, as well as hospitals in Mérida
  • Archeological sites such as Uxmal, Chichen Itza and Tulum, and natural wonders like cenotes
  • In addition to the health care focus, experience life on the Yucatán Peninsula and in the Caribbean through two weekend trips outside of Mérida

What's Included

Program Fee Includes

See program pricing information for Central students or for visiting students.

  • Tuition for 6 semester hours of credit (3 Spanish language; 3 cross-cultural)
  • Accommodation with full board Monday-Friday
  • On-site orientation and oversight by Mérida program director
  • Pre-departure support
  • Pre-departure course (online option available for visiting students)
  • Cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Welcome and Farewell receptions
  • Transcript

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

Application Details

Deadline for Applications: March 1. 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).

Learn More

Want to find out more about Mérida – Global Health? Contact us to learn more about this program and other study abroad opportunities.