Please note: this program has been cancelled for Summer 2020
May 16- June 20, 2020
Enjoy five weeks of Spanish and cultural immersion in Mérida, Yucatán.
This program includes substantial cultural travel in the Mayan region, including Chichen Itza, Celestún, Chelem, Ruta Puuc with Uxmal and Loltun Caves.
To maximize your language immersion experience, students will reside with local host families and will take classes with ASU instructors, as well as local Mérida experts in Mayan culture.
To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.
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Mérida is a pleasant colonial city in the Yucatán Peninsula and features a tranquil lifestyle with all modern-day conveniences. Its cultural offerings, size and safe character make it a perfect place to study the Spanish language, Mexican and Latin American literature, as well as Pre-Hispanic and modern Mayan culture. Numerous archaeological sites will be visited and others are easily accessible by bus. This city is located a half hour bus trip from the beach town of Progreso.
It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies.
PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.
The program is open to all qualified students with:
a 2.0 GPA or higher
2 semesters (or equivalent) of Spanish language*
Students who are interested in Mexican/Mayan/Latin American culture and in learning or strengthening their Spanish language skills.
Non-ASU students are welcome to participate but must be admitted to ASU for the Summer term as non-degree seeking students first. (Online applications for ASU Admissions are available by clicking here.)
Classes are held Monday through Thursday in the morning. All students will enroll in a total of six (6) credit hours.
SPA 201 Intermediate Spanish (4 credits) SPA 202 Intermediate Spanish (4 credits) SPA 313 Spanish Conversation & Composition (3 credits) (G) SPA 314 Spanish Conversation & Composition (3 credits) (G) SPA 325 Introduction to Hispanic Literature (3 credits) (HU) SPA 400 Introduction to the Analysis of Spanish Language (3 credits) (SB, G) SPA 413 Spanish Grammar in Context (3 credits) SPA 394 Spanish for Business: Commercial and Cultural Practices (2-3 credits) SPA 494 ST: Ancient & Modern Mayan Culture (2-3 credits) ECN 211 Macroeconomic Principles (3 credits)* (SB)
* Students enrolling in the Economics course do not need to complete Spanish pre-requisites. This course will only be offered dependent upon final student enrollment numbers.
School of International Letters and Cultures-Spanish
Arizona State University
PO Box 870202
Tempe, AZ 85287-0202
Office: LL 402B
Leslie Del Carpio
School of International Letters and Cultures
Arizona State University
PO Box 870202
Tempe, AZ 85287-0202
Leslie del Carpio
In Mérida, students along with a roommate will reside with several host families, who are carefully chosen and have experience hosting American students. Students will use affordable public transportation to where courses are held.
A homestay provides a unique degree of cultural and linguistic immersion in the Mexican and Yucatecan society that can be invaluable in a globalized world. Millions of Americans travel abroad as tourists every year, and hundreds of thousands study Spanish abroad. However, living with a family in the Yucatán will offer you insights into aspects of the society that would be hidden if you stayed at a hotel. You will be in a situation where you will have to communicate with local families in Spanish, thus offering you daily practice into some basic aspects of communication. You will experience how family members interrelate and how their weekly routines are organized, and it will open up a world of contacts with people in the community (regarding social life, the economy, politics, music and nightlife) that cannot easily be experienced as a tourist. The degree of improvement in Spanish is very pronounced; you will just need to be ready to talk with the family from day one and not simply rely on your roommate! You are encouraged to make the most of your homestay experience, improve your Spanish, and learn invaluable cultural information from the local families.
Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.
Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.
Disability Accommodations Abroad
Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Mexico, most public buildings are inaccessible and inconsistent inspection results in construction of new facilities that are not accessible. Public transportation for persons with disabilities is very limited.
In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.
LGBTQIA Students Abroad
Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. For example, in Mexico, conservative cultural ideals influence societal norms, making LGBTQIA identity expression cause for possible discrimination. In general, the LGBTQIA community is acknowledged and is generally tolerated.
We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.
Gender Identity Abroad
When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. For example, in Mexico, some women travelers may experience harassment in the form of cat calling and other forms of objectification by local men. Students are encouraged to travel in groups and in mixed company whenever possible.
Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.
You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on ourRacial and Ethnic Minority Students page.
The Program Fee for Summer 2020 is $4,995.
Program Fee includes: 6 credits of ASU tuition, housing & all meals in Merida, international medical insurance, organized travel including most meals. Not included: Airfare, passport, books and personal expenses.
Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.
The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.
Funding Your Study Abroad Program
Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.
Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program
View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
The Dorothy Govekar Scholarship, administered through the School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC) for study abroad for Summer 2019, consists of grants of $500 to $1000 awarded to ASU degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate students participating in:
- ASU Study Abroad faculty- directed summer programs sponsored by the School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC)
- ASU Study Abroad GIE Programs (Global Intensive Programs) sponsored by SILC
Application opens November 22, 2019:https://clas-forms.asu.edu/silc/dorothy-govekar-endowed-scholarship
*The ASU Study Abroad Office does not officially endorse, administer or monitor the content of these links.
Rielee F, Summer 2018 Participant
"Becoming proficient in Spanish and knowledge of Mayan culture is a necessity for the line of work I wish to become involved in after I attain my BA in Anthropology. With my time in this program, I strengthened my Spanish skills and learned so much more than I could have imagined about Mayan culture). This classroom setting was much more personalized than a traditional class at ASU so it helped us to seek individualized attention when learning the language. My favorite memory is a tie between swimming in cenotes and simply spending time with my host family. Cenotes are these beautiful underground caves that contain natural swimming holes and they're absolutely gorgeous. My host family truly made me and my roommate feel at home and we bonded instantly, I'm actually visiting them on my own this spring break!"
Dates & Deadlines
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.