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  • Locations: Mérida, Mexico
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: IFSA-Butler 
  • Restrictions: Pomona applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: Spanish Housing options: Homestay
Areas of study: Anthropology, Economics, Education, History, Latin American Studies, Literature, Media Studies, Pre-Health, Psychology, Spanish Class standing: 1 - Second Semester Sophomore, 2 - Junior, 3 - First Semester Senior
Program type: Direct enrollment, Hybrid Language level: Spanish 44 or the equivalent
GPA: 7.5
Program Description:



   Study Abroad in MEXICO

Merida Universities Program


   About the Program
 In Mérida, Yucatán, explore how Mexico balances 21st century realities with the enduring influence of the pre-Hispanic Mayan empire. Through the Mérida Universities Program, which includes multi-day excursions to Mexico City and San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, you will interact with complexities of the local culture and learn how the Mayan influence is thread differently throughout Mexico.

About Merida

Merida is in the state of Yucatan on the far eastern edge of Mexico. The city enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year and is a tranquil yet cosmopolitan center of culture in southern Mexico. It's compact size makes it easy to explore the many squares and markets. Colonial Spanish architecture adds to Merida's beauty and personifies the city's long history. 

Program Benefits
  • Live and learn in Mérida, a cozy, colonial city located about 20 minutes from the coast where they experience 300 days of sunshine per year
  • Study the rich culture of the Yucatán and learn Spanish in one of Latin America's safest areas
  • Cultural events and excursions, including a multi-day excursion to archaeological sites, Mexico City and San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas
  • Enjoy free evening concerts and a thriving nightlife in a student-friendly atmosphere
  • Study alongside local students at two outstanding universities:
    • Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (UADY)—UADY offers a large student body that benefits from the university's 15 faculties, research institute and 19 libraries
    • Universidad Modelo—a private, smaller environment with great student facilities
  • Give back to the community by volunteering with local organizations or UADY's student volunteer group Hoy en tu Comunidad
  • Take part in a directed research project or public health concentration
  • Academic tutoring available upon request throughout the semester


IFSA scholarships are primarily need-based and factor in any additional cost your study abroad program might have over home school tuition. The awards are $500 for summer programs, $1,500 for semester programs and $2,500 for full year programs. These scholarships may apply to any IFSA program, with the exception of our custom programs.

Take the next Step!

 Visit our website for more information about our Merida Universities program. 
Contact your student Services manager at 800-858-0229 or
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Contact Us
6201 Corporate Drive Suite 200 
Indianapolis, IN 46278

Academic Program
All students are required to take one advanced Spanish course developed especially for IFSA-Butler students. Placement in this course will be determined by an oral and written exam upon arrival in Mexico. IFSA-Butler also requires one program course each semester: Exploring Yucatan: Community and Culture. Students take the remainder of their courses at the university. The program must total a minimum of 15 semester credits to equal 4.0 Pomona credits. A full course load is usually equivalent to five classes.

Public Health Concentration
Students on the Merida Universities Program have the option of doing a specialized academic concentration focusing on Public Health. Students complete course work on Public Health and life sciences at the university and engage with local health professionals and organizations in rural and urban settings focused on traditional and non-traditional approaches to health care. Students take Contemporary Issues in Public Health, Exploring Yucatán: Community and Culture, a mandatory Spanish course, one or two health-related courses at the UADY, and one or two additional courses at the UADY.

Students are not permitted to take any courses taught by the IFSA-Butler study center on a P/NC basis, however, students may take direct enrollment university courses on a P/NC basis.

Number of Students
IFSA-Butler enrolls approximately 20 - 25 students, selected from a national pool. Total university enrollment is 15,000.

Host Institutions
Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (UADY)  
Universidad Modelo

Faculty Liaison
Miguel Tinker Salas

  • Completion of advanced Spanish (Spanish 44), or the equivalent.
While the program requires four semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent, Pomona strongly recommends five semesters.

Country Guide and Student Experiences
Read more about student experiences and information from IFSA-Butler about study in Mexico here.

Travel Advisories

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline (Pacific Time) Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 09/19/2021 10/08/2021 01/01/2022 05/20/2022