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Merida Mexico

Dates

May 27 – June 26, 2019

Cost

$3,425 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Intermediate Spanish, Medical Spanish

Deadlines

Dec. 1, 2018: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15, 2019: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

Merida, Mexico is an ideal location for students to experience a fusion of Mexican, Mayan and European culture and to explore the wonders of the Yucatán. The region boasts Chichén Itzá, named as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World; Uxmal, a designation UNESCO World Heritage site; pristine beaches; and beautiful nature preserves. Students often cite the unique homestay experience as one of the hallmarks of the KIIS Merida summer program as they learn firsthand about daily life in Mexico, its institutions, social customs and cultural practices.

Language Requirement: Yes. All courses are taught in Spanish. 

Accommodations: Homestay, 2 people per home. 

OrientationMandatory orientation on Saturday, April 13 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Director: Dr. Itza Zavala-Garretti.zavala-ga@moreheadstate.edu

Courses

All courses are taught in Spanish and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses.

SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II

Dr. Iliana Rosales Figueroa

This course will further develop Spanish grammar, speaking, writing, reading and listening comprehension of the students benefiting from the immersion aspect of a study abroad.

SPAN 230 Spanish for Medical Professionals

Dr. Itza Zavala-Garrett

Course designed to develop the specific vocabulary and oral communication skills essential for a student who is intending to pursue a career in medicine, nursing or public health.  The course will take advantage of the local setting in Merida, Mexico to enhance instruction of medical Spanish.

SPAN 372 Latin American Civilization and Culture

Dr. Itza Zavala-Garrett

This course is a survey of the historical and cultural background of Latin America and its people from the Discovery to the present centering on the influence of Mayan cultural heritage in southern Mexico and Central America.

SPAN 376: Literature and Culture of Latin America

Dr. Iliana Rosales Figueroa

A survey of Latin American literature from pre-Conquest poetry to the 21st-century novel. We explore the connection between literature, culture and the contributions of Native American civilizations, especially the Mayans.

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Prior to your KIIS program, please speak with your home campus academic advisor and/or study abroad office to determine course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in mid-August after the completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions

Merida Museums

Merida summer program offers additional activities and excursions such as the visit of several local museums: Museo de la canción yucateca, Museo de arte popular, Museo de la ciudad, language exchange in the English Library, Cementerio General, and many more fabulous places and free cultural events.

Chichén Itzá & Cenote Ik Kil

Chichén Itzá, named as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Students love swimming in the cenote, a beautiful underground swimming hole rich with lush green vines. Cenotes were spiritually important to the Maya, and there are many theories about their significance to death rituals, fertility offerings, and a connection to the underworld.

Izamal

The most important landmarks to see here is the Franciscan convent that was built over one of the Maya pyramids. This convent is also famous for the monk Fray Diego de Landa, its founder, who burned all the Indian scripts, and then, feeling remorse for what he had done, tried to rewrite all he could remember of the ways of the Maya (Yucatan Today Magazine).

Uxmal Hacienda & Yaxcopoil

Uxmal is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site where students will appreciate Mayan culture, art and architecture. After visiting Uxmal and the Chocolate Museum, we will visit an authentic elegant countryside house. Haciendas are Mexico’s equivalent to American southern plantations or mid-western ranches. Dating from the late 1600s to the early 1900s, haciendas were built by the wealthy throughout Mexico in the areas where their products were produced or developed (Yucatan Today Magazine).

Mercado Lucas de Gálvez

This marvelous local traditional market is the only place where you can buy all the ingredients for the delights of Yucatecan food. Mayan and mestizo people come to town to sell these goods, as well as fruits and vegetables that are grown fresh and locally. You can also find sections where they’re selling Yucatecan jewelry and affordable beautiful clothes, hand-embroidered and dyed by hand by the Maya of today.

Playa Progreso

We visit this beach by public bus in order to familiarize ourselves with the public transportation system in Yucatán. Playa Progeso is a well-known local beach and has long been a crucial link to the world. Its foundation came about due to necessity. During the height of the henequen (sisal) export era, the port town of Sisal (west of Progreso) was the main cargo departure point (Yucatan Today Magazine).

Mérida, Mexico Neighborhood Walk

We visit the historic downtown of Mérida to experience the market, colonial architecture, and amazing local food.  One of the highlights is a visit to the Palacio del Gobierno, which houses murals depicting the regional history of the Maya and Spanish, painted by local artist Fernando Castro Pacheco.

What's Included

Program Cost: $3,425 + airfare

Earn up to 6 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Optional)

Airport Transfers in Cancun

Accommodations

Three Meals per Day

Groups Excursions & Transport

Security Evacuation Protection

Medical Insurance

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of your textbooks & materials, Vaccinations ($250), passport fees ($135), Merida city bus transportation ($75), personal expenses (approx. $500 minimum) and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

Group Flight

Estimated Cost: $725 – $825

The KIIS Merida Mexico program offers a group flight option where you can travel to/from your Cancun, Mexico with other students and faculty. If you choose this option, KIIS will purchase a round-trip flight ticket for you. The flight cost will be added to your final program fee on April 1. The group flight will depart from Cincinnati or Louisville.

If not selecting the group flight, you are responsible to purchase your own roundtrip airfare.

The flight to/from Mexico arrives on the same day. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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Dates

May 27 – June 26, 2019

Cost

$3,425 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Intermediate Spanish, Medical Spanish

Deadlines

Dec. 1, 2018: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15, 2019: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

Merida, Mexico is an ideal location for students to experience a fusion of Mexican, Mayan and European culture and to explore the wonders of the Yucatán. The region boasts Chichén Itzá, named as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World; Uxmal, a designation UNESCO World Heritage site; pristine beaches; and beautiful nature preserves. Students often cite the unique homestay experience as one of the hallmarks of the KIIS Merida summer program as they learn firsthand about daily life in Mexico, its institutions, social customs and cultural practices.

Language Requirement: Yes. All courses are taught in Spanish. 

Accommodations: Homestay, 2 people per home. 

OrientationMandatory orientation on Saturday, April 13 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Director: Dr. Itza Zavala-Garretti.zavala-ga@moreheadstate.edu

Courses

All courses are taught in Spanish and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses.

SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II

Dr. Iliana Rosales Figueroa

This course will further develop Spanish grammar, speaking, writing, reading and listening comprehension of the students benefiting from the immersion aspect of a study abroad.

SPAN 230 Spanish for Medical Professionals

Dr. Itza Zavala-Garrett

Course designed to develop the specific vocabulary and oral communication skills essential for a student who is intending to pursue a career in medicine, nursing or public health.  The course will take advantage of the local setting in Merida, Mexico to enhance instruction of medical Spanish.

SPAN 372 Latin American Civilization and Culture

Dr. Itza Zavala-Garrett

This course is a survey of the historical and cultural background of Latin America and its people from the Discovery to the present centering on the influence of Mayan cultural heritage in southern Mexico and Central America.

SPAN 376: Literature and Culture of Latin America

Dr. Iliana Rosales Figueroa

A survey of Latin American literature from pre-Conquest poetry to the 21st-century novel. We explore the connection between literature, culture and the contributions of Native American civilizations, especially the Mayans.

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Prior to your KIIS program, please speak with your home campus academic advisor and/or study abroad office to determine course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in mid-August after the completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions

Merida Museums

Merida summer program offers additional activities and excursions such as the visit of several local museums: Museo de la canción yucateca, Museo de arte popular, Museo de la ciudad, language exchange in the English Library, Cementerio General, and many more fabulous places and free cultural events.

Chichén Itzá & Cenote Ik Kil

Chichén Itzá, named as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Students love swimming in the cenote, a beautiful underground swimming hole rich with lush green vines. Cenotes were spiritually important to the Maya, and there are many theories about their significance to death rituals, fertility offerings, and a connection to the underworld.

Izamal

The most important landmarks to see here is the Franciscan convent that was built over one of the Maya pyramids. This convent is also famous for the monk Fray Diego de Landa, its founder, who burned all the Indian scripts, and then, feeling remorse for what he had done, tried to rewrite all he could remember of the ways of the Maya (Yucatan Today Magazine).

Uxmal Hacienda & Yaxcopoil

Uxmal is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site where students will appreciate Mayan culture, art and architecture. After visiting Uxmal and the Chocolate Museum, we will visit an authentic elegant countryside house. Haciendas are Mexico’s equivalent to American southern plantations or mid-western ranches. Dating from the late 1600s to the early 1900s, haciendas were built by the wealthy throughout Mexico in the areas where their products were produced or developed (Yucatan Today Magazine).

Mercado Lucas de Gálvez

This marvelous local traditional market is the only place where you can buy all the ingredients for the delights of Yucatecan food. Mayan and mestizo people come to town to sell these goods, as well as fruits and vegetables that are grown fresh and locally. You can also find sections where they’re selling Yucatecan jewelry and affordable beautiful clothes, hand-embroidered and dyed by hand by the Maya of today.

Playa Progreso

We visit this beach by public bus in order to familiarize ourselves with the public transportation system in Yucatán. Playa Progeso is a well-known local beach and has long been a crucial link to the world. Its foundation came about due to necessity. During the height of the henequen (sisal) export era, the port town of Sisal (west of Progreso) was the main cargo departure point (Yucatan Today Magazine).

Mérida, Mexico Neighborhood Walk

We visit the historic downtown of Mérida to experience the market, colonial architecture, and amazing local food.  One of the highlights is a visit to the Palacio del Gobierno, which houses murals depicting the regional history of the Maya and Spanish, painted by local artist Fernando Castro Pacheco.

What's Included

Program Cost: $3,425 + airfare

Earn up to 6 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Optional)

Airport Transfers in Cancun

Accommodations

Three Meals per Day

Groups Excursions & Transport

Security Evacuation Protection

Medical Insurance

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of your textbooks & materials, Vaccinations ($250), passport fees ($135), Merida city bus transportation ($75), personal expenses (approx. $500 minimum) and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

Group Flight

Estimated Cost: $725 – $825

The KIIS Merida Mexico program offers a group flight option where you can travel to/from your Cancun, Mexico with other students and faculty. If you choose this option, KIIS will purchase a round-trip flight ticket for you. The flight cost will be added to your final program fee on April 1. The group flight will depart from Cincinnati or Louisville.

If not selecting the group flight, you are responsible to purchase your own roundtrip airfare.

The flight to/from Mexico arrives on the same day. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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