Yucatan

Study Abroad in Yucatán

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yucatan study abroad Explore Yucatán, Mexico

Located in southeast Mexico on the Yucatán Peninsula, your home base is Mérida – a beautiful, historic, colonial city 20 minutes from the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Yucatán features biodiverse nature reserves, UNESCO archaeological sites, and historic towns where you can lunch alongside locals while working on your Spanish language proficiency. 

When you study abroad in Yucatán, you’ll experience the colonial city of Mérida, rich in Mayan culture, natural attractions, and a relaxing lifestyle. From exploring historic towns and ancient ruins to relaxing days at the beach and world-class museums, Yucatán offers something that every student can enjoy!

EXPLORE YUCATAN PROGRAMS

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Study Tours & Cultural Excursions in Yucatán

Every CIEE semester program has frequent cultural excursions uniquely designed to complement the program’s academics and enhance students’ cultural immersion. In Mérida, Yucatán, past tours and excursions have included:

  • 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
  • Visit beautiful underground cenotes at Cuzama and experience 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
  • Tour world-class science facilities at Mérida’s Technological and Scientific Park, home to seed banks, botanical gardens, and more

Whether you’re looking to study Spanish, learn about Mayan heritage, or want to explore the best places to visit in the Yucatán, CIEE’s tours and excursions allow you to do just that. The magnificent biodiversity of the Yucatán Peninsula, along with its architecture and landmarks, make Mérida an exciting study abroad destination for any student!

About the Center

Situated in Mexico's downtown Santa Ana Park area, CIEE Yucatán is conveniently located in one of the region's most beautiful neighborhoods. The Center sits inside a stunning colonial building, boasting five classrooms, a student lounge, a shared student life and academic advising office, and access to complimentary WiFi and printers.

CIEE Yucatán is surrounded by many cultural attractions and nearby plenty of shops, dining options, and public transportation. Students will feel comfortable inside the Center and enjoy their time in the Yucatán. 

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Where Students Study

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CIEE Yucatán is conveniently located in the Centro neighborhood, considered one of the city's largest historic districts. 

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Internships & Volunteering

Depending on their program of study and availability, students may be able to participate in an internship or volunteer in Yucatán. Students looking to intern in Yucatán may have opportunities to intern at Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán (CICY) and other similar organizations.

Students interested in volunteering in Yucatán may be able to participate in non-credit service-learning activities sponsored by CIEE Yucatán and a local NGO. Students studying abroad in Mexico may be able to volunteer at local schools or work on a social project, cultivating a positive and mutually respectful relationship between CIEE and its community partners.

Study Abroad Programs in Yucatán

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  • Yucatan, Mexico
  • Study Program

Spend your January immersing yourself in the Yucatán Peninsula’s magnificent biodiversity and Latin America’s largest indigenous culture.

Program Interests
  • Life by the Sea
  • Small City
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  • Yucatan, Mexico
  • Study Program

Against the backdrop of Mexico’s rich culture, biodiversity, and history – students explore science and society with interdisciplinary courses in the natural sciences.

Program Interests
  • Life by the Sea
  • Small City
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  • Yucatan, Mexico
  • Study Program
  • Multi-Location Offering
  • Part-Time Internship

Our Open Campus Block program allows you to start studying in Yucatán, then study in two other countries in one term.

Program Interests
  • Life by the Sea
  • Small City
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  • Yucatan, Mexico
  • Study Program

Merida is famous worldwide for its efforts to preserve and promote culture.

Program Interests
  • Life by the Sea
  • Small City
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  • Yucatan, Mexico
New for Spring '25
  • Study Program
  • Part-Time Internship

Spend a semester living and learning in Yucatán, a scenic peninsula ideally situated in the Gulf of Mexico.

Program Interests
  • Host Institution
  • Life by the Sea
  • Small City
Pocket Guide to Yucatán

Currency 
The peso

Spoken Languages In Yucatan 
Yucatec Maya, Spanish, English

Available Transportation 
Bus, taxi, car, bike

Famous Local 
Rommel Pacheco – Mexican diver and Olympic gold medalist

Climate 
Tropical climate with very warm summers averaging 94°F and warm, muggy winters averaging below 87°F

Places to Explore 
Chichén Itzá – a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with the ruins of an ancient Mayan city

Airport 
Mérida International Airport (MID)

Social Norms 
Greet strangers by saying “Buenos días!”

What to Pack 
Towel, comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses

Frequently Asked Questions

Yucatán is a good place to study abroad for students looking to live in a tropical climate filled with diverse wildlife, ancient Mayan sites, and fascinating cities. With a more relaxed lifestyle and friendly people, Yucatán is a great destination for students looking to study a variety of topics in Mexico, including biology, communication, literature, psychology, mathematics, and more.

The Yucatán Peninsula, with Mérida as the capital city, is one of the safest places in Mexico. As with any study abroad destination, we recommend that students travel in groups when possible, keep their belongings near them, and stay aware of their surroundings.

The Yucatán Peninsula has a wide variety of things to do, from visiting archeological sites like the Chichén Itzá and Tulum to exploring tourist attractions in downtown Mérida like the Mayan World Museum or the Quinta Montes Molina. For nature lovers, the Yucatán Peninsula offers students with multiple cenotes, pink waters at Ria Celestun, beautiful beaches, and diverse wildlife.

In order to ensure our students feel welcomed, supported, and empowered while studying abroad, CIEE staff completes comprehensive diversity equity and inclusion (DEI) training. Staff provide students with advice, resources, and ongoing support both before and during their study abroad program in Yucatán.
For more detailed information on diversity in Yucatán, visit our Diversity in Yucatán page.

Study Abroad Scholarships & Grants

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Apply in 1,2,3!

You may be wondering if there are any scholarships to study in Yucatán. CIEE offers scholarships and grants for study abroad programs in Yucatán to students with demonstrated financial need, proven academic merit, and for specific CIEE programs. Students can apply for scholarships through 3 simple steps:

  1. Search for and apply to your dream program
  2. Review all available funding opportunities
  3. Complete the Scholarship & Grants portion of your application 
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Study Abroad Scholarships

NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS

Based on students' Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and enrolled institution. Complete the Scholarships & Grants portion of your program application to be considered for all awards to which you are eligible.

MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS

Based on academic achievement. Complete the Scholarships & Grants portion of your program application, along with an essay, to be considered for all awards to which you are eligible.

OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS

Other scholarship awards are based on program or alumni status.

VIEW OUR SCHOLARSHIPS & GRANTS

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Yucatán Study Abroad Reviews

  • "It’s an amazing experience that expands your Spanish skills"

    Noel T., Wofford College

  • "The program is friendly all over, the staff are the best, and it's a very good program that motivates students to study abroad more."

    Kayla L., Central State University