Study Abroad in the Yucatán
College Study Abroad
Explore Yucatán, Mexico
Your home base is Mérida – a beautiful, historic, colonial city centrally located on the Yucatán Peninsula and just 20 minutes from the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The peninsula features biodiverse nature reserves, UNESCO archaeological sites, and historic towns where you can lunch alongside locals while working on your Spanish language proficiency. Researchers and students are in good company, as Mérida hosts more than a dozen universities and several national research facilities.
Every CIEE semester program has frequent cultural excursions uniquely designed to complement the program’s academics and enhance students’ cultural immersion. In Mérida, possible excursions include opportunities to:
- Explore the ruins of Chichén Itzá – perhaps the most famous pre-Columbian site built by the Maya and one of the Seven Wonders of the World!
- Tour the world-class science facilities of Mérida’s Technological and Scientific Park, home to seed banks, botanical gardens and more.
- Visit the most beautiful underground cenotes at Cuzama, experiencing a journey on a “truk”, a mine cart pulled by horses.
- Take a boat ride over pink waters at Ria Celestun, a biosphere reserve where you can explore mangroves, look for crocodiles, and visit enormous concentrations of flamingos!
WHERE STUDENTS STUDY
CIEE Yucatán is conveniently located in the heart of the city next to cultural attractions, transportation, shopping and dining.
INTERNSHIPS & VOLUNTEERING
There are internship opportunities at Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán (CICY). During the orientation, students will receive information about the local community resources and possibilities to give back. Volunteering while studying at CIEE Yucatán, will provide students a high value experience, strength their Spanish language and culture proficiency but also will help to cultivate a positive and mutually respectful relationship between CIEE and its community partners.