Information for term January in Yucatan
Application deadline, and cost information.
Application DeadlineNovember 1, 2019
Program Deadlines and Pricing Info
- Deadline: November 1, 2019
- Dates: Dec 30, 2019 – Jan 20, 2020
- Credit: 3 semester hours / 4.5 quarter hours
- Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA
OverviewClick to Open
Immerse yourself in the Yucatán Peninsula’s magnificent biodiversity and Latin America’s largest indigenous culture. January in Yucatán is the perfect place to begin your Spanish language proficiency and discover the ancient Mayan culture. Your home base is Mérida - a pretty city filled with brightly colored buildings and clean, tree-lined streets. Its Spanish colonial architecture and world-renowned Mayan landmarks are a draw for visitors from around the world.
with a host family, committed to making your stay unforgettable.
in a program that combines academics with cultural activities for a dramatic beginning to your Spanish language skills.
the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya: a new world class museum covering the Yucatán from its geological origins to the present.
DAYS OF SUNSHINE PER YEAR287
COMPLETION DATE OF THE OLDEST CATHEDRAL ON THE AMERICAN CONTINENT1598
1542 YEAR MÉRIDA IS FOUNDED1542
Location & CultureClick to Open
Mérida is the capital of the Yucátan state and the largest city on the Yucátan Peninsula with a population just under 900,000 people. It is known for its Mayan ruins, art, and architecture and has the largest intact indigenous population (60%) of any city reflected in its regional foods and music. But Mérida is a modern city, as well, with shops, a youth symphony, public and private hospitals, and dozens of public and private institutes of higher learning. In addition, Mérida is a hub for travel in the Yucátan Peninsula and beyond, with connections to Mexico City, Belize, and Guatemala.
Popular tourist attractions are its Mayan museum, provincial palace, Uxmal architectural ruins and nearby cenotes, important archaeological UNESCO World Heritage sites, as well as its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and Celestún National Park.
Mérida is tropical with a distinct dry and wet season. Rainy season is June through October. The average daytime high temperature is 33°C (91°F) with nighttime temperatures around 18°C (64°F). Geologically, the Yucátan has karst topography of limestone, leading to many underground caves and cenotes. Two zoos, a botanical garden, the Museum of Natural History, and several science institutes also make Mérida a regional STEM center. It sits within the Chicxulub crater, formed by a large asteroid impact 66 million years ago. The asteroid impact is responsible for the fifth great extinction, including dinosaurs, among others.
Excursions & Activities
On the January in Yucatán program, you may:
- Explore Chichén Itzá and nearby Cenote Sagrado where humans were sacrificed to the rain god Chaac.
- Birdwatch in Celestún Wildlife Refuge, home to countless pink flamingos.
- Explore Merida´s magnificent Botanical Garden.
- Fall in love with colonial architecture in Mérida’s historic center.
Daily LifeClick to Open
Homestay – an excellent opportunity for immersion into the local language and culture. Homestays with some English are an option for students with little or no Spanish language background.
Homestay – Two meals per day: breakfast and dinner. Students can use the kitchen at CIEE to prepare meals, and there are many grocery stores, street food vendors, and restaurants nearby.
Where You'll Study
Parque de Santa Ana
and its nearby art galleries
Market Lucas de Galvez
the main fresh fruit and vegetable market in Mérida
Mayan World Museum
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Program DetailsClick to Open
What you need to knowThe program details
Courses taught at the Global Institute - Yucatán are typically for CIEE students only. Classes are scheduled Monday-Friday and meet three to five times per week, and attendance is strictly enforced both for classes and required co-curricular excursions. Students should expect an average of two hours of preparation required for each hour in class. Instruction is supported and augmented online with our learning management system, Canvas.
AcademicsClick to Open
Overall GPA Requirements
Required GPA: 2.5
Total credit: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits
CIEE course: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits, 45 contact hours
Language of Instruction
All students take the required CIEE course.
This course is designed for students with no Spanish language skills. The primary objective of this beginner course is to allow students to achieve communicative competence in the Spanish language and immersion in Yucatán life.
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.
Dates & FeesClick to Open
Dates & Fees
Deadline: November 15, 2018
Dates: arrival January 2 and departure January 20, 2020
No Hidden Fees
Fees & Housing
|January 2020||Nov 1, 2019||Dec 30, 2019||Jan 20, 2020||
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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 = $303 **
Housing = $300
Insurance = $47Total Fees = $950
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 = $300
International Airfare = $700 †
Local Transportation = $100
Books & Supplies = $150
Personal expenses = $200Total Estimated Costs = $1,450
CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.
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.
** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students
† round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure
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:
- Housing with a local Host family
- Three meals per day
- Intensive Spanish course
- Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
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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