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Mexico Fall Semester

Dates

September 8 – December 8, 2018

Cost

$7,725 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Spanish, Latin American Studies, Honors, Anthropology, Economics, Environmental Studies

Deadlines

April 1, 2018: Apply Early & Save $100
April 15, 2018: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

The KIIS Mexico Fall Semester program in the city of Merida provides an ideal setting for you to study Spanish and learn about Mexican art, culture, ecology, and history. During the 92-day program, you take KIIS-specific courses at Habla, a private school in a comfortable neighborhood of Merida. KIIS Mexico Fall Semester alumni often cite the homestay experience as the hallmark of the program. You learn firsthand about daily life in Mexico, its institutions, social customs, and cultural practices. Participants typically take part in family activities, going to parties and outings, attending cultural and sporting events, and sometimes taking weekend trips with their families.

Language Requirement: None, the program is open to participants at all Spanish-language levels.

Accommodations: Homestay, 1-2 people per home.

Orientation: Mandatory orientation in August 2018. See Orientation for more information.

Program Coordinator: Maria Canning

Courses

You may enroll in 4 courses for a total of 12 credit hours. You must take the required course, Cultural Diversity in Mexico and at least one Spanish course. Spanish majors may select courses in both English and Spanish.

 

HON 300 / IDST 350: Ancient Maya Culture

You learn the principles and processes behind the development of universal high culture, using the example of the ancient Maya. The course traces the cultural development of the Maya prior to the conquest by Europeans in the 16th century. Taught in English.

HON 300 / IDST 350: Human Ecology in the Yucatan

This course will focus on the sustained needs for human population: food and fiber, shelter, water, and waste disposal. You will consider how technology and the services of natural ecosystems collaborate to provide these services in the Yucatan and compare them to strategies used elsewhere. Taught in English.

HON 300 / IDST 350: Merida's Economy: Past, Present and Future

Merida is the cultural and financial capital of the Yucatan state. In this course, you will be introduced to Merida’s political, cultural, and economic history in order to understand the present state of Merida’s economy. You will compare and contrast the economies of Merida and Mexico and analyze their economic and development challenges. Taught in English.

HON 300 / IDST 350: Cultural Diversity in Mexico - Required Course

This course examines the cultural experiences documented in Mexican history and specifically the influences of Afro-descendants in Mexican society from 1500s to the present day. It explores the homogenization of cultures as well as the unique contributions of Africans and people of African descent to the development of Mexico as a nation. Taught in English with no prerequisites.

SPAN 101: Elementary Spanish I

A beginning course designed to develop skills in understanding, speaking, reading and writing and to provide cultural insights.

SPAN 201: Intermediate Spanish I

A systematic review of Spanish grammar and development of reading skills. Prerequisite SPAN 102 or equivalent.

SPAN 202: Intermediate Spanish II

Further review of Spanish grammar and development of reading skills. Prerequisite SPAN 201 or equivalent.

SPAN 370: Spanish Conversation

Provides you with situational practice of spoken Spanish, emphasizing vocabulary building and increasing proficiency, and a review of basic grammar structures. Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or equivalent.

SPAN 372: Latin American Civilization and Culture

Survey of the historical and cultural background of Latin America and its people from pre-Columbian times to the present. It also will afford you the opportunity to use and expand your Spanish vocabulary in expressing your thoughts and opinions, both orally and in writing.

SPAN 455: Topics: Contemporary Literature of the Yucatan: 1900 to present

This course will introduce you to foundational Yucatecan literature from the 1910s to present. You will develop a broader understanding of national and regional elements of literature and culture in the Yucatecan context. The class will be accentuated with excursions to a variety of literary performances in local theaters and cultural centers as well as guest visits from contemporary Yucatecan writers.

SPAN 455: Topics in Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies

Examines different literary and cultural topics of interest in Hispanic Studies. To be offered as a seminar course or an independent study course.

Your KIIS application essay (uploaded when you apply online) should be written in Spanish if you are enrolling in 300-level Spanish courses, or written in English if you are enrolling in 100/200-level Spanish courses.

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

The program includes a week-long out of country excursion and a multi-day excursion to another region in Mexico. The excursion locations are subject to change year to year.

What's Included

Program Cost: $7,725

Earn up to 12 Credit Hours

Airport Transfers in Merida

Accommodations

Two 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, passport fees (approx. $135), some meals ($75/month), city bus transportation ($75/month), personal expenses (approx. $300/month) 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.

No Group Flight

Estimated Cost:  $550 – $650

The Mexico Fall Semester program does not offer a group flight option. You will purchase your own round-trip airfare. If you fly into the Merida airport (MID), you will be met at the airport and transported to your homestay. If you fly into Cancun (CUN), you will need to travel by bus to Merida, and will be met upon arrival in Merida.

Flights to Mexico are typically the same day. Return flights from Mexico to the USA are typically the same day. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

Visa

The KIIS Mexico Fall Semester program is 92 days long (September 8 – December 8, 2018) and does not require a visa if you are a U.S. citizen.

Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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Description

Dates

September 8 – December 8, 2018

Cost

$7,725 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Spanish, Latin American Studies, Honors, Anthropology, Economics, Environmental Studies

Deadlines

April 1, 2018: Apply Early & Save $100
April 15, 2018: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

The KIIS Mexico Fall Semester program in the city of Merida provides an ideal setting for you to study Spanish and learn about Mexican art, culture, ecology, and history. During the 92-day program, you take KIIS-specific courses at Habla, a private school in a comfortable neighborhood of Merida. KIIS Mexico Fall Semester alumni often cite the homestay experience as the hallmark of the program. You learn firsthand about daily life in Mexico, its institutions, social customs, and cultural practices. Participants typically take part in family activities, going to parties and outings, attending cultural and sporting events, and sometimes taking weekend trips with their families.

Language Requirement: None, the program is open to participants at all Spanish-language levels.

Accommodations: Homestay, 1-2 people per home.

Orientation: Mandatory orientation in August 2018. See Orientation for more information.

Program Coordinator: Maria Canning

Courses

You may enroll in 4 courses for a total of 12 credit hours. You must take the required course, Cultural Diversity in Mexico and at least one Spanish course. Spanish majors may select courses in both English and Spanish.

 

HON 300 / IDST 350: Ancient Maya Culture

You learn the principles and processes behind the development of universal high culture, using the example of the ancient Maya. The course traces the cultural development of the Maya prior to the conquest by Europeans in the 16th century. Taught in English.

HON 300 / IDST 350: Human Ecology in the Yucatan

This course will focus on the sustained needs for human population: food and fiber, shelter, water, and waste disposal. You will consider how technology and the services of natural ecosystems collaborate to provide these services in the Yucatan and compare them to strategies used elsewhere. Taught in English.

HON 300 / IDST 350: Merida's Economy: Past, Present and Future

Merida is the cultural and financial capital of the Yucatan state. In this course, you will be introduced to Merida’s political, cultural, and economic history in order to understand the present state of Merida’s economy. You will compare and contrast the economies of Merida and Mexico and analyze their economic and development challenges. Taught in English.

HON 300 / IDST 350: Cultural Diversity in Mexico - Required Course

This course examines the cultural experiences documented in Mexican history and specifically the influences of Afro-descendants in Mexican society from 1500s to the present day. It explores the homogenization of cultures as well as the unique contributions of Africans and people of African descent to the development of Mexico as a nation. Taught in English with no prerequisites.

SPAN 101: Elementary Spanish I

A beginning course designed to develop skills in understanding, speaking, reading and writing and to provide cultural insights.

SPAN 201: Intermediate Spanish I

A systematic review of Spanish grammar and development of reading skills. Prerequisite SPAN 102 or equivalent.

SPAN 202: Intermediate Spanish II

Further review of Spanish grammar and development of reading skills. Prerequisite SPAN 201 or equivalent.

SPAN 370: Spanish Conversation

Provides you with situational practice of spoken Spanish, emphasizing vocabulary building and increasing proficiency, and a review of basic grammar structures. Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or equivalent.

SPAN 372: Latin American Civilization and Culture

Survey of the historical and cultural background of Latin America and its people from pre-Columbian times to the present. It also will afford you the opportunity to use and expand your Spanish vocabulary in expressing your thoughts and opinions, both orally and in writing.

SPAN 455: Topics: Contemporary Literature of the Yucatan: 1900 to present

This course will introduce you to foundational Yucatecan literature from the 1910s to present. You will develop a broader understanding of national and regional elements of literature and culture in the Yucatecan context. The class will be accentuated with excursions to a variety of literary performances in local theaters and cultural centers as well as guest visits from contemporary Yucatecan writers.

SPAN 455: Topics in Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies

Examines different literary and cultural topics of interest in Hispanic Studies. To be offered as a seminar course or an independent study course.

Your KIIS application essay (uploaded when you apply online) should be written in Spanish if you are enrolling in 300-level Spanish courses, or written in English if you are enrolling in 100/200-level Spanish courses.

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

The program includes a week-long out of country excursion and a multi-day excursion to another region in Mexico. The excursion locations are subject to change year to year.

What's Included

Program Cost: $7,725

Earn up to 12 Credit Hours

Airport Transfers in Merida

Accommodations

Two 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, passport fees (approx. $135), some meals ($75/month), city bus transportation ($75/month), personal expenses (approx. $300/month) 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.

No Group Flight

Estimated Cost:  $550 – $650

The Mexico Fall Semester program does not offer a group flight option. You will purchase your own round-trip airfare. If you fly into the Merida airport (MID), you will be met at the airport and transported to your homestay. If you fly into Cancun (CUN), you will need to travel by bus to Merida, and will be met upon arrival in Merida.

Flights to Mexico are typically the same day. Return flights from Mexico to the USA are typically the same day. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

Visa

The KIIS Mexico Fall Semester program is 92 days long (September 8 – December 8, 2018) and does not require a visa if you are a U.S. citizen.

Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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