Mérida – Language & Culture

Mérida - Language & Culture

Open to all Spanish language levels, students are immersed culturally and linguistically in classes and homestays.  Classes meet Monday-Thursday for five hours of intensive language instruction.  The curriculum weaves topics such as immigration, health care, tourism, history and business practices into daily lessons.  Students develop an appreciation for the history, culture and customs of the Yucatán.

Improve your Spanish language skills and discover contemporary Mexico
  • May 26 - July 5, 2019
  • Program Fee: $3,464

Program Details



Courses in Mérida focus on learning or improving written and oral Spanish skills, and developing an understanding of and appreciation for the history, culture and customs of the Yucatán. To reinforce the practical use of Spanish, instruction will take place not only in the classroom but also in the local cafés, grocery stores, markets, theatres and at cultural events. Courses are taught by Central’s own locally appointed faculty.


Mérida is a city that boasts a rich history of the ancient Maya people, which 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 located only 20 minutes from the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico.

Housing and Meals

Students live with Yucatecan families through Central College’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 coast which includes visits to Chichen Itza, Tulum and a working hacienda. Explore natural wonders such as cenotes and flamingo sanctuaries. There will also be countless opportunities for cultural activities in historic downtown 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 (6 Spanish language)
  • Host family accommodations with full board
  • 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
  • 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.

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 – Language & Culture? Contact us to learn more about this program and other study abroad opportunities.