- North/Central America /
- Mexico /
- Merida /
- IFSA: Merida - Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan
IFSA: Merida - Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan
- Hosted at: Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán
- Location(s): Merida, Mexico: Yucatan, Mexico
- Program Type(s): Study Abroad, Volunteer
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Study abroad in Merida, Mexico, with the Institute for Study Abroad at Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan!What UADY has to offer •Large student body that benefits from the university's 15 faculties, research institute and 19 libraries •A high quality... read more
I gained a sense of independence, improved my Spanish, got to go on lots of adventures, learn a lot about Mexico and myself (in a not corny way). I absolutely think the program was worthwhile and I think almost everyone should study abroad. Jacob B Keller - Brandeis University View Entire Review
My language abilities skyrocketed, thus opening my eyes to the amount of opportunities made available to me when I can speak a second language. I got to know a variety of types of people from mexico and all over the world, reminding me how many opportunities I can create for myself beyond college. Spending less time in the class... A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
My Spanish definitely improved a lot. I wouldn't say it was worthwhile necessarily. A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I gained language experience and cultural awareness. Yes very worthwhile. Abigail Howard - Wellesley College View Entire Review
A ton. I learned a ton of slang and normal vocabulary, I made many local friends that I will keep in touch with, I ate amazing food, saw amazing things, and had a blast. More worthwhile than anything I've done. Michael K - Wesleyan University View Entire Review
Merida allows you to shape your own experience. You can have a worthwhile experience should you be open to new ideas and experiences, while making the effort to shaping these experiences into what you want them to be. Adrian H - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Yeah it was! I learned to be more accepting and I also was able to step out of my comfort zone, learn new things about myself (both good and bad qualities) to improve upon or eradicate. Vince R - Trinity University View Entire Review
Understanding of Mexican people, Spanish language, life abroad, outlook on Americans, and experiences of a traveler. Patrick C - Trinity University View Entire Review
It is shocking to find that the revelations you initially expect to have are replaced by new epiphanies that come by surprise, as you arrive in a place that defies expectation and your preconceptions morph into a newfound understanding (or curiosity to learn more) of a land you had always wished to live for a time. Being a part... Bowman M - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
As someone who wants to have an international career, I learned that I definitely would love to work in Latin America in the future due its to warm and welcoming culture. It was worthwhile because I felt comfortable to make mistakes and grow, which might have not been possible in other locations. It was just enough to get me out... Erin Harris - Bowdoin College View Entire Review
I improved my Spanish so much that I would now consider myself to be fluent. I think in Spanish without trying and I use it regularly to communicate with the friends I made. I learned a lot about the political and economic structure of México from conversations with my peers and host family. I also learned about differences that... Nina R - Brandeis University View Entire Review
My Spanish skills have greatly improved, and with that my ability to have conversations with people from a variety of different backgrounds. Because many things were so new to me, from the climate to the Maya culture, it seemed like I learned something new in every conversation I had. Clare M - Grinnell College View Entire Review
I really improved my Spanish and learned about living in a different part of the world. I will definitely reflect on my experience in Mérida when I make future life decisions - I learned about myself and what I want my life to be like. Emily A - Brandeis University View Entire Review
How easy it is to make a change; how many problems Mexico has; the image that Mexico has of the US aleppin - Trinity University View Entire Review
I feel a lot more connected to the growing Hispanic population in the United States and now have the ability to help them with my ability to speek Spanish. I also am more open to different views and different cultures in general. Shannon M - Carleton College View Entire Review
It was amazing. I wouldn't trade it for anything Samantha S - Trinity University View Entire Review
I learned that I much prefer the spread-outness of a semester's workload as opposed to a summer's. I also learned that street vendors are extremely annoying, and that host families are composed of some of the kindest people on the PLANET! Courtney S - University of Houston View Entire Review
What UADY has to offer
•Large student body that benefits from the university's 15 faculties, research institute and 19 libraries
•A high quality, fulfilling academic environment located in the largest city of the Yucatán and one of the safest in Mexico
•Opportunity to study subjects such as anthropology, archaeology, business, Latin American studies, sociology and more alongside local UADY students •Volunteer opportunities available with local organizations or UADY's student volunteer group Hoy en tu Comunidad
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
- Academic Year
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Any student applying to an IFSA-Butler program can apply for our general scholarship awards, which are $500 for a summer program, $1,500 for semester study, and $2,000 for the full year. We also offer special opportunities such as First Generation College Student scholarships and a Fill the GAP study abroad savings program that matches contributions up to $1,000. Plus, any student attending a public institution or an MSI (minority serving institution) is automatically eligible for either the IFSA State School Grant or the IFSA MSI Grant. Both are worth $2,000 off the program price.