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Mérida Universities Program

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Sponsor: Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA)

Location: Mérida, Mexico


The Mérida Universities Program allows students to study alongside local students and experience two types of Mexican higher education institutions at the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (UADY) and Universidad Modelo in stunning Mérida, Mexico. Students enroll in 2 required IFSA-Butler program courses - Advanced Spanish as well as Exploring Yucatán: Community and Culture - and choose from a wide variety of integrated classes at the UADY and/or Modelo, maximizing your immersion into local student life. In addition, students can conduct research abroad. Classes are taught in Spanish.

A specialized academic concentration focused on Public Health is also available, offering students in-depth exploration by enrolling in Public Health and life sciences at the UADY, and working with local health professionals in rural and urban settings to examine traditional and non-traditional approaches to health care.

Program Type: Affiliated


  • Full Year
  • Fall
  • Winter/Spring


Admission Info:
To apply, Northwestern students must: 

  1. Complete a Northwestern Study Abroad Application by the appropriate deadline
  2. Complete an IFSA-Butler application by the program's deadline

Languages: Spanish

Language Requirements: 

2 years (completion of Spanish 121-3 or 125) or the equivalent of college-level Spanish required, completion of one recent quarter recommended.


Homestays (3 meals/day)

Program Costs: 

Fall 2017: $18,395

Billed by Northwestern: $17,175

Estimated additional costs: $1,220

  • Additional meals: $165
  • Airfare: $600
  • Local transportation: $95
  • Books & supplies: $110
  • Personal expenses: $250

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