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  • Locations: Merida, Mexico
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 6-Non-Degree Seeking Language of Instruction: Spanish
Minimum GPA: 2.00 Field of Study: Spanish
Housing Options: Homestay Credit Type: Resident Credit
Program Type: CES Faculty-Led Program SDSU Office: 2-Extended Studies
Program Description:
Culture, Art, and Society in Merida

Summer 2019
Course Dates: TBA
Dates Abroad: TBA
Price: TBA

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This course integrates advanced conversation and writing in Spanish with a thorough exploration of Mexican culture emphasizing the Yucatán peninsula. Students will gain a rich cross-cultural experience while living a full month in Mérida and exploring the prehispanic, colonial and modern sites of the peninsula.

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Merida is well recognized as the safest and most peaceful Mexican capital city according to the Yucatan Times. The city is rich in pre-Hispanic and colonial culture and it has been chosen as a host city for academic and business purposes. It is a city of 976, 000 habitants with all the necessary infrastructure of a modern city. However, its architecture offers rich colonial buildings, well preserved sectors of the city with Art Noveau architecture. The location is ideal since only an hour away are the historical haciendas, and the most important Mayan cities of Uxmal, Chichén-Itzá, Mayapán, and other buildings from Antique Mayan Empire. Also, the city is only 40 minutes away from the Caribbean Ocean and Puerto Progreso. 


The Universidad Marista of Mérida its a private institution founded 20 years ago. Serves more than 2000 students with over 300 faculty and its fully acredited by FIMPES (Federation of Mexican Universities). It offers a modern language resource center with some experience to assisting immersion programs. The campus is located in the outskirts of Merida city (20 min away from downton) and transportation is included


The program will offer two courses (3 units each): Spanish 302 Advanced conversation and Writing, and Spanish 342 Mexican Civilization. Both courses are complementary and perfectly compatible to be taken simultaneously. These two courses are instrumental to facilitate a successful language and cultural immersion. Courses are designed for a four week period, 10 hours class contact weekly for each course; total of 45 hours in the facilities assigned. In addition, two hours weekly are programed for city tours (in Merida) for guided visits to historical and cultural sites, such as museums, city downtown and Mayan archaeological sites nearby.

All participants are required to register for TWO of the following SDSU course(s), offered through the College of Extended Studies (CES):
  • SPAN 302: Advanced Conversation and Writing
  • SPAN 342: Mexican Civilization
  • SPAN 499: Special Study*
* Students interested in taking SPAN 499 need to contact Professor Jose Martin Flores before applying to the program.


Accommodation with Host Families. Includes: 3 meals per day, single or double bedroom with bathroom, cleaning and changing of sheets and towels, cable TV. Transfer from and to airport.

  • Merida city tour
  • Grand Mayan Museum
  • Folkloric dance show
  • Dzibilchaltun Archeological Site, Museum and cenote
  • The Colonial Down Town Tour
  • Uxmal - Ancient Mayan city
  • Palacio Cantón Museum
  • Historical Colonial Hacienda Sotuta de Peón Tour and Cenote Visit
  • Overnight excursion to to Campeche
  • Guided visit to Edzná Archeological site
  • Bimbo bread factory
  • Teatro José Peón, Palacio de la Música
  • Weekend excursion to Chichén Itzá and Bacalar Lake Tour
  • Cenotes and Mayapan - Transportation with guide, entrance to cenotes and Mayapan, lunch.
  • Tour to cenotes San Juan, Santa Rosa
  • Farewell Banquet

Jose Martin FloresJosé Mario Martín. Professor of Spanish at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at SDSU. Since 1999, he has taught a wide variety of courses: intermediate/advanced conversation and writing, Mexican cinema and novel, Mexican civilization, New historical novel of Latin America, Contemporary Mexican literature... He pursued a M.A. in Education Administration and taught for 8 years at Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara in Mexico. M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish at U.C. Irvine. He has a valuable experience on abroad studies, teaching for over 15 year at University of Arizona's Guadalajara Summer School Program. He was director resident of the Spanish Summer Abroad in Cuernavaca, México; Alajuela, Costa Rica and in Madrid, Spain.

Payment Schedule:
Included in the Program Fee:
  • Housing
  • Tuition
  • Three meals per day (except while on most excursions)
  • Activities as listed above
  • Chartered transportation from houses – university – houses, Monday to Friday
  • Group airport pickup
  • Travel medical & repatriation insurance
Not Included in the Program Fee:
  • International airfare
  • Passport/ visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Some meals while on excursions
Refund Policy:
Program Costs Refund:
  • TBA
Course Tuition Refund:
* Withdrawals are effective on the date that the CES Faculty-Led Program staff receives written notification from you, the student. Email notification is acceptable.

Funding & Scholarship Information:
Visit the CES Study Abroad website for more information about financial aid, scholarships, military and veterans benefits, and other funding sources. 

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Open to SDSU students, students at other colleges and universities and the general public
  • SDSU students cannot be on academic probation (less than 2.0 GPA) or disciplinary probation (expulsion, judicial, or suspension) at the time of application and/or at the time of course registration. The standard CES refund policy for study abroad applies if you are found to be on probation after applying to the program.
  • Minimum age to participate is 18
  • After applying and being accepted into the program, all participants must complete BOTH a mandatory pre-departure orientation sponsored by the College of Extended Studies (CES) as well as a program-specific orientation(s) with their faculty leader(s) prior to departure. Details about both will be sent after acceptance into the program.
Summer 2019: Application not yet available.

The application for summer 2019 is not yet available.  If you would like to receive updates, please add your name to the inquiry list above.

  • Click HERE for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about College of Extended Studies (CES) study abroad programs.
  • If you would like more information about the application and registration process or have general questions, please contact Amanda Chamberlain, Study Abroad Advisor, in the College of Extended Studies, Faculty-Led Study Abroad office:,  (619) 594-0540.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.