Study Abroad in the Yucatán

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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.

Study abroad students having fun in front of Yucatan landmark
Study abroad students in an underwater cave in Yucatan, Mexico
Study abroad students making a Yucatan dish

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!
Study abroad students exploring the city of Yucatan


CIEE Yucatán

CIEE Yucatán is conveniently located in the heart of the city next to cultural attractions, transportation, shopping and dining.

Study abroad students group tour to Yucatan pyramid


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.

Study Abroad Programs in Yucatán

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What People are Saying

  • "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