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Mexico Study Abroad Programs

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The U.S. Department of State has issued a Travel Warning for several Northern Mexican border cities. Please note that this Travel Warning does not affect IFSA-Butler's programs, which are located in a tranquil area many hours from the cities to which the warning applies.

 (Flag of Mexico)Mexico is close to home, yet it’s a world away. During your semester, year or summer in this diverse country, you can immerse yourself in a proud cultural heritage dating back almost 20,000 years, which blends seamlessly with a modern, friendly atmosphere.

Resources about the Yucatán:

Available programs in Mérida, Mexico include:

Mérida and the rest of the state of Yucatán are one of the crown jewels in Latin America tourism. Cosmopolitan and cultural but also laid back, this stunningly beautiful area is an ideal place to immerse yourself in an authentic culture that still incorporates ancient pre-hispanic elements. Once an independent republic, the Yucatán still considers itself culturally and historically separate from Mexico.

To learn more about our dedicated on-site staff, student services and events in Mérida, visit our Mexico resident office website


Program Dates

See individual program pages for program dates!

Program Fees

Below are links to our fees for programs in Mexico. You can also visit program pages for individual program dates and fees.

Spring semester fees are available online around October 1. Fall semester and academic year fees are available around April 1.

Fall semester 2017

Academic year 2017

Spring semester 2018

What's included in our Mexico program fees

IFSA-Butler scholarship opportunities

Mexico Student Achievements

Congratulations to the following IFSA-Butler students who have made great academic and personal achievements during and after their study abroad experiences! For more details on some of our students' amazing experiences, visit the IFSA-Butler blogs.

Audrey Larkin
Barnard College
Universidad Autonóma de Yucatán
Audrey has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship. For her Fulbright project, she plans to return to Mexico next year to work as an English Teaching Assistant.

Olivia Lott
Kenyon College
Universidad Autonóma de Yucatán
Olivia has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship to do research for a year in Latin America. Olivia plans to work on translation of literary fiction works and poetry by young Colombian writers into English.

Shannon Mueller
Carleton College
Universidad Autonóma de Yucatán
Shannon placed second in a race to raise awareness for muscular dystrophy. Shannon's picture appeared in an article about the race in a local newspaper.


Tiffanie Clark
Miami Univer
sity of Ohio
Universidad Autonóma de Yucatán

Tiffanie did a poetry reading at the local "Cafe Chocolate" of her own poems in Spanish. See below to read her composition.

She also recited two poems during the inauguration of IFSA-Butler's office in  Mérida, at which UADY and former IFSA-Butler presidents were present:

"My time here in Mérida has come to a close and I pray my voice; my poetry will resound forever in the hearts of many.

With all the obstacles I faced to get here I can only feel a fantastic joy about it all. Maybe life will be different when I return to a cold December in Ohio where I won't eat french bread nor hear Salsa in the park, but I know the words that Mérida has given me will stick to my very bones. I now know what life is: Poetry in a crowded club, a trumpet resounding on a silent beach, a weak smile from a stranger on the bus and music streaming from beneath the very pavement. The streets and things we see are temporal but the brilliant stars and the glorious moon are forever, left for others to see. So, who am I? I am a simple story teller. A soul made to love, dance and rest in the night. I will continue to tell the stories I saw in the orange horizons of Yucatán. I will tell of the shirtless boy walking alone downtown selling cigarettes, the french teacher with dark hair and the old man playing his sad songs on some elevated curbside. Mexico, in definition is in a dangerous state, as many other places in our world. It is shown on the corner of the daily paper where photos of decapitated politicians appear, but beneath the bad there is the dark skinned girl who brightened my gloomy days, the poet who writes letters to an unknown gentlemen, the indigenous man who sells cigars in Progresso and the bus driver who always seems to be smiling. We are Mexico, full of shortcomings, yet shining with the marvel of our souls while we walk on the concrete of lives past. I only hope to remember. If not, my words will do the remembering for me."

Ferron Salniker
Amherst College
Universidad Autonóma de Yucatán

Ferron is now a food and travel writer. In summer 2011 she received a grant to travel to Oaxaca, Mexico City and Veracruz, and she writes about her adventures on her blog,

Jonathan Seaberg
Bethel University

Universidad Autonóma de Yucatán
Jonathan (pictured below, second from right) received an honorary certification for participating in the volunteer program "Hoy en tu Comunidad" every Saturday of the semester. He also was invited to a special reception at the anniversary of this program. Hoy en tu Comunidad allows students from the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán to provide services related to their field of study in villages throughout the state of Yucatán. Jonathan says of his experience, "I went fairly consistently and made a lot of friends through the process. It also gave me the opportunity to see the variety of communities that exist in Mexico by experiencing the lifestyle in more rural areas."


Trent Smith
Georgetown University

Universidad Autonóma de Yucatán
Trent has been accepted into the Teach for America program. He will be teaching at a school in Houston, Texas. Congratulations, Trent!

Eleanor Stevens
Grinnell College

Universidad Autonóma de Yucatán
Eleanor presented at the 2013 Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) Student Symposium on Off-Campus Study. In addition, an interview with Eleanor about her experience in Mexico was featured on the ACM website. After studying abroad with IFSA-Butler, Eleanor returned to Mexico to volunteer at a Mayan village. Read more.

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