Merida, Mexico

STEM + Society

Study in the Yucatan Peninsula!
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Information for term STEM + Society

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

May 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Aug 12 – Sep 21, 2019 (6 weeks)*
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Sep 23 – Nov 2, 2019 (6 weeks)*
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

June 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Nov 4 – Dec 14, 2019 (6 weeks)*
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

December 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Aug 12 – Nov 2, 2019 (12 weeks)*
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Sep 23 – Dec 14, 2019 (12 weeks)*
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Aug 12 – Dec 14, 2019 (18 weeks)*
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2019
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days
hours

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2019
weeks
days
hours

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2019
weeks
days
hours

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2019
weeks
days
hours

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Study Abroad in the Yucatan Peninsula

The STEM + Society program invites students to enroll in courses taught in English in the natural sciences:  earth sciences, life sciences, physical sciences, and chemistry as well as six levels of Spanish language classes. 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. In less than a two-hour drive one can discover biodiverse nature reserves, UNESCO archaeological sites, and historic towns where you 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.

Unique Experiences

  • Celestún National Park

    is home to mangroves and thousands of pink flamingos that flock there during the winter months

  • Chichen Itza

    Marvel at the centerpiece of Mayan civilization and the astronomical precision of El Castillo’s – “the Castle’s” – design

  • Gran Museo del Mundo Maya

    Mérida’s new world-class museum explores Yucatan’s past, from its geological origin to the present

  • days of sunshine

    287
  • age of Mérida Cathedral

    429
  • cenotes to discover

    100+

Location & Culture

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From its hundreds of Mayan ruins and colonial architecture to its exceptional food and bustling city life, the Yucatán is a complex hub of ancient and modern culture. In fact, the city of Mérida hosts one of the largest intact indigenous populations (60%) of any Latin American city. Look for Mayan culture as part of daily in the modern city – its regional foods, music, textiles and traditions are all rooted in centuries of tradition. Above all, Mérida is a safe, modern city filled with wonderful people among its shops, restaurants, universities and museums.

The Yucatan is ideal for studies in natural sciences including ecology, the environment, astronomy and cosmology and even physics! Much of the region sits within the Chicxulub crater, formed by the impact of a large asteroid that hit earth 66 million years ago, causing the fifth great extinction that included dinosaurs. Geologically, the Yucatán’s karst topography of limestone creates caves and cenotes rich in beauty and cultural significance. Additionally, zoos, botanical garden, Museum of Natural History, and science institutes are all within easy reach.

The Culture

Excursions & Activities

  • 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.
  • Attend a Maya purification ritual in the Sacamucuy cenote
  • Drive to colorful Campeche, just two hours southwest of Mérida. The historic fortified town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where one can stroll the colorful streets in this old port city. Imagine the attacks by pirates and conquistadors from atop Fort San Miguel then savor the fresh seafood in any of the dozens of restaurants within the old city walls.

Projects, Volunteer Opportunities, or Internships

  • Volunteer with the Science and Research Center of Yucatán (CICY)

Daily Life

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  • Housing

    Homestay: students stay with local families to fully immerse themselves in the local culture. 

  • Meals

    Homestay: two meals per day.

Merida, Mexico

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE Mérida

    CIEE Mérida

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    Parque Cientifico

    Science and Technology Park in Yucatán has various research units contributing to the scientific, technological and human resources of the region and Republic development.

  • C

    Botanical garden and historic center

    Botanical garden and historic center

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What you need to know

The program details

CIEE Mérida offers STEM study at all levels, including basic and interdisciplinary field and laboratory options across a wide breadth of the natural sciences. Classes are held on a 6-week block-based schedule, aligning with CIEE Open Campus programs and CIEE Monteverde Science + Society, so students can take advantage of comparative learning across countries.

The STEM + Society program invites students to enroll in courses taught in English in the natural sciences:  earth sciences, life sciences, physical sciences, and chemistry as well as six levels of Spanish language classes. There are no required courses and no prerequisites to participate, although upper level courses require previous coursework in related topics.

Courses are taught by academics and trained experts. Students have the option of independent research and internships and can also participate in a range of complementary co-curricular, personal, and professional development activities to promote integration into their host community as active global learners. The goals of the curriculum are to promote cultural self-awareness, scientific and cultural literacy, and the ability to bridge cultural gaps. Through interactive activities and exercises, students are encouraged to consider issues of culture, identity, values, beliefs and assumptions. Ultimately, students develop discipline-specific competencies so they can effectively incorporate new experiences into their general understanding of the natural environment, as well as local human culture. 

Academics

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Academics

  • Class Format

    Students take classes with other CIEE students only.

  • Grading

    Grades are based on a combination of classroom participation, attendance, projects, and essays. Final grade is composed of exams, papers, homework assignments, projects, attendance, and final exam.

  • Academic Culture

    Classes are scheduled Monday through Friday with possible weekend work and excursions. Regular class attendance and participation is expected and required. Students play an active role in their own education, with group projects and interaction with fellow students and professors expected.

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA

    Students need to have an overall GPA of at least 2.5.

  • Program Requirements

    Students enroll in at least two courses per 6-week block.

Curriculum

Program Credit

  • Students can earn up to 7 credits per 6-week block. Students staying for three blocks earn 15-18 credits.
  • Non-lab course: 3 credits/45 contact hours
  • Lab course: 4 credits/60 contact hours (45 classroom hours and 30-45 contact hours of lab/field depending upon discipline)
  • Language course: 3 credits/60 contact hours

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Two-week orientation – an introduction to Mexican culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

No Hidden Fees

Program

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End Date

Fees & Housing

Fall Block I 2019 6 weeks May 1, 2019 Aug 12, 2019* Sep 21, 2019*
$4,950
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $2,853 **

Housing = $1,630 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $4,950

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

International Airfare = $650

Local Transportation = $100

Books & Supplies = $100

Personal expenses = $400

Total Estimated Costs = $1,250

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

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This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes two meals per day

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

Fall Blocks I, II 2019 12 weeks May 1, 2019 Aug 12, 2019* Nov 2, 2019*
$9,900
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $6,173 **

Housing = $3,260 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $9,900

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

International Airfare = $650

Local Transportation = $195

Books & Supplies = $200

Personal expenses = $800

Total Estimated Costs = $1,845

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes two meals per day

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

Fall Blocks I, II, III 2019 18 weeks May 1, 2019 Aug 12, 2019* Dec 14, 2019*
$14,850
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $9,493 **

Housing = $4,890 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $14,850

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

International Airfare = $650

Local Transportation = $295

Books & Supplies = $300

Personal expenses = $1,200

Total Estimated Costs = $2,445

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes two meals per day

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

Fall Block II 2019 6 weeks May 1, 2019 Sep 23, 2019* Nov 2, 2019*
$4,950
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $2,853 **

Housing = $1,630 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $4,950

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

International Airfare = $650

Local Transportation = $100

Books & Supplies = $100

Personal expenses = $400

Total Estimated Costs = $1,250

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes two meals per day

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

Fall Blocks II, III 2019 12 weeks May 1, 2019 Sep 23, 2019* Dec 14, 2019*
$9,900
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $6,173 **

Housing = $3,260 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $9,900

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

International Airfare = $650

Local Transportation = $200

Books & Supplies = $200

Personal expenses = $800

Total Estimated Costs = $1,850

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes two meals per day

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

Fall Block III 2019 6 weeks Jun 1, 2019 Nov 4, 2019* Dec 14, 2019*
$4,950
Click to Close

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $2,853 **

Housing = $1,630 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $4,950

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

International Airfare = $650

Local Transportation = $100

Books & Supplies = $100

Personal expenses = $400

Total Estimated Costs = $1,250

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes two meals per day

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

Spring Block I 2020 6 weeks Nov 1, 2019 TBD* TBD*
Spring Blocks I, II 2020 6 weeks Nov 1, 2019 TBD* TBD*
Spring Blocks I, II, III 2020 6 weeks Nov 1, 2019 TBD* TBD*
Spring Block II 2020 6 weeks Nov 1, 2019 TBD* TBD*
Spring Blocks II, III 2020 6 weeks Nov 1, 2019 TBD* TBD*
Spring Block III 2020 6 weeks Dec 1, 2019 TBD* TBD*
OC Academic Year 2019-2020 6 weeks May 1, 2019 Aug 12, 2019* TBD*

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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