Merida, Mexico

Summer Science + Society

Study in the Yucatan Peninsula
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Information for term Summer Science + Society

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: May 20 – Jun 17, 2019 (4 weeks)*
  • Credit: 3 per Session semester hours / 4.5 per Session quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

April 1, 2019
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days
hours

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jun 17 – Jul 15, 2019 (4 weeks)*
  • Credit: 3 per Session semester hours / 4.5 per Session quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

April 1, 2019
weeks
days
hours

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: May 20 – Jul 15, 2019 (8 weeks)*
  • Credit: 3 per Session semester hours / 4.5 per Session quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Study in the Yucatan Peninsula

Mérida is historic colonial city of 900,000 with modern amenities and the highest percentage of indigenous people (60%) of any city in Mexico. It is an international tourism hub for the Yucatán peninsula and boasts world-class museums, monuments, historic buildings, cultural centers, theaters, and sports facilities. It has 16 universities and other institutes of higher learning.

Mérida provides fertile context for a study abroad program in the natural sciences. It has several national research centers, including those with biological study, conservation, soil science, and sustainability foci. Mérida has a tropical climate and is just 22 miles from the Gulf of Mexico.

Unique Experiences

  • Study

    Environmental Chemistry and Sustainable Agriculture in the classroom and in the field.

  • Live

    in one of the safest and most beautiful cities in Mexico and immerse yourself in a living Mayan culture.

  • Explore

    the scientific and engineering legacy of the ancient Mayan civilization and see firsthand how science impacts contemporary Mayan and Mexican society.

  • days of sunshine per year

    287
  • the year the oldest cathedral on the American continent was completed

    1598
  • city of Mérida is founded

    1542

Location & Culture

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Mérida is the capital of Yucatán state and the largest city in the Yucatán Peninsula, known for its Mayan ruins, art, and colonial architecture. It hosts one of the largest intact indigenous populations (60%) of any Latin American city.  Mayan culture is still reflected in modern Mérida, from its regional foods and music, to its textiles and traditions. Mérida is also a safe and modern city filled with shops, hotels, restaurants, universities, and museums.

The region is the perfect setting for studies in agricultural, marine, and natural sciences as well ecology, environment, and Spanish language.  Mérida sits within the Chicxulub crater, formed by the impact of a large asteroid that fell to earth 66 million years ago, causing the fifth great extinction that included dinosaurs. Geologically, the Yucatán has karst topography of limestone, leading to many fascinating caves and cenotes rich in cultural significance. In addition, zoos, botanical garden, Museum of Natural History, and science institutes are all within easy reach.

Excursions & Activities

  • Explore Chichén Itzá and nearby Cenote Sagrado, the Sacred Cenote where humans were sacrificed to the rain god, Chaac. 
  • Birdwatch in Celestún Wildlife Refuge, home to countless pink flamingos. 
  • Tour the world-class science facilities of Mérida’s Technological and Scientific Park, home to seed banks, botanical gardens, centers for sustainable conservation of natural resources, and more.   
  • Fall in love with colonial architecture in Mérida’s historic center and nearby Valladolid.

Daily Life

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  • Housing

    Homestay: students stay with local families for full immersion in the local culture. For students with little or no Spanish language proficiency, English-speaking families are an option. 

  • Meals

     Homestay: Two meals per day: breakfast and dinner. Students can use CIEE’s kitchen to prepare meals, and there are many grocery stores, street food vendors, and restaurants nearby.

Merida, Mexico

Where You'll Study

  • A

    Parque de Santa Ana

    nearby art galleries

  • B

    Market Lucas de Galvez

    the main fresh fruit and vegetable market in Mérida

  • C

    Mayan World Museum

    Mérida

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What you need to know

The program details

CIEE Summer Science and Society in Mérida offers STEM study in two four-week sessions:  Environmental Chemistry, and Agricultural Ethics and the Developing World.  In addition, each session offers optional not-for-credit Conversational Spanish.  There are no required courses and no prerequisites to participate.

All courses are taught by academics and local CIEE-contracted and trained experts. All instructors have a minimum of a master’s degree. Students may 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. Throughout, students will explore connections between culture, science, and society.

Academics

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Academics

  • Class Format

    ○ Four-week sessions ○ Credit: 3 university semester credits ○ Prerequisites: None

  • Grading

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

  • Academic Culture

    Classes are scheduled Monday through Friday with possible weekend work and excursions. Regular class attendance and participation is expected and required. Students are also expected to play an active role in their own education by participating in group projects and interacting with fellow students and professors. The grading system is comprised of classroom participation, projects, oral and written presentations, research reports, and essays.

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

Last year, we awarded more than 1,000 scholarships per term for a total of $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization.

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

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • 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
  • Orientation – an introduction to Mexican culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host country and city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

 

No Hidden Fees

Program

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Summer Session I 2019 4 weeks Apr 1, 2019 May 20, 2019* Jun 17, 2019*
Summer Session I and II 2019 8 weeks Apr 1, 2019 May 20, 2019* Jul 15, 2019*
Summer Session II 2019 4 weeks Apr 1, 2019 Jun 17, 2019* Jul 15, 2019*

*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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