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University of the Yucatan
Merida, Mexico (Outgoing Program)
The tranquil, colonial city of Merida will be your point of arrival and your base in the Yucatan. The city is a wonderful blend of Mayan, Hispanic, and modern-day Mexican cultures--not to mention colorful birds, wily geckos, and bejeweled beetles. Merida is the capital of the Yucatan but still has plenty of local charm, with elegant architecture, open-air markets, a variety of museums, and delicious regional cuisine. And don't be fooled by the old world atmosphere; the city has free wireless in all its public parks. Cosmopolitan and friendly, Merida also has a vivid cultural life of theater, dance, music, street festivals, sports, and folklore. On weekends, the nearest beaches are a mere 20 miles away.
In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan website.
When looking for courses, be sure that you are looking at courses for undergraduate students only and that you are looking at classes in the correct term of study. Spend some time exploring the departments’ websites, as quite often you will find courses that you need in surprising places.
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take at least 12 credits while abroad. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or as pass/fail.
Service Learning and Volunteer Opportunities
Hoy en tu Comunidad is a student-run volunteer program through the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán. The mission of Hoy en tu Comunidad program is to raise social awareness and values in students, as well as help rural Yucatan society by providing first level, multidisciplinary services and attention through volunteerism. Each Saturday, approximately 120 students from all disciplines at the UADY (medicine, nursing, veterinary, biology, ecology, business, anthropology, engineering, mathematics, etc.) spend the day together in a Mayan pueblo. The students break into teams to provide a variety of services to the Mayan population. This is an extraordinary opportunity to see a Maya pueblo and interact with its citizens while providing urgently needed attention. In addition, it is a bonding experience as you will have a chance to meet and work with Mexican students from all disciplines. For more information please visit the Hoy en tu Comunidad website.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: Early August –Mid-December
Spring Semester: Early January – Mid-May
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
You will be living in a private room in a homestay with a Mexican family. In some cases, you will have a private bathroom as well. Typically your homestay will be located within a 30-60 minute commute by bus from the university. Upon arrival your host family will greet you at the airport and teach you practical information for living in Mexico (how to take the bus to school, how to do laundry, where to find a bank etc).
Program Cost: 2014-2015
For more information about the Program Cost and additional Non-Billable Expenses please download and review the UADY Expenses Worksheet:
UADY Fall 2014 Expenses Worksheet
UADY AY 2014 Expenses Worksheet
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid please visit the Finances Section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.