Merida, Mexico

Summer STEM + Society

Study in the Yucatan Peninsula
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Information for term Summer STEM + 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

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

  • 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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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, environment, as well as agricultural and Spanish language studies. 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.

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

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
  • 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*
$3,950
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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 = $2,733 **

Housing = $750 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $3,950

Estimated Costs

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

Meals not included in program fee = $550

International Airfare = $1,150

Local Transportation = $90

Books & Supplies = $75

Personal expenses = $625

Total Estimated Costs = $2,490

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 daily

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

Summer Session I and II 2019 8 weeks Apr 1, 2019 May 20, 2019* Jul 15, 2019*
$7,110
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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 = $5,143 **

Housing = $1,500 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $7,110

Estimated Costs

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

Meals not included in program fee = $1,100

International Airfare = $1,150

Local Transportation = $180

Books & Supplies = $150

Personal expenses = $1,250

Total Estimated Costs = $3,830

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 daily

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

Summer Session II 2019 4 weeks Apr 1, 2019 Jun 17, 2019* Jul 15, 2019*
$3,950
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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 = $2,733 **

Housing = $750 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $3,950

Estimated Costs

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

Meals not included in program fee = $550

International Airfare = $1,150

Local Transportation = $90

Books & Supplies = $75

Personal expenses = $625

Total Estimated Costs = $2,490

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 daily

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

*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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