Soak up both modern and Mayan culture in the scenic Yucatan Peninsula. Students attending this 4-week CIEE Global Navigator program will receive 60 hours of Spanish language instruction (4 college credits) and live in a beautiful, friendly Mexican community.
Live, learn and explore in one of the safest and most beautiful cities in Mexico. People come here to visit ancient Mayan ruins and amazing geological formations, yet still discover so much more. Did you know that Mérida has 16 universities and research institutes? It’s a student-friendly center buzzing with cafés and cultural activity. What’s a typical day like? Mornings are for interactive classes, building your Spanish skills with one of our expert language professors. Afternoons are for fun, organized activities with your classmates and local high school teens.
Together you’ll try your hand at pottery or Mexican cooking, visit marketplaces and museums, or play futball (soccer) or Frisbee in a local park. There’s still plenty of time for listening to local street musicians and chilling out under a shady tree with a marquesita (a hard crepe filled with cheese or chocolate) or a champola (ice cream made with coconut milk). It’s easy to stroll around and soak up the culture. Spanish colonial buildings painted in a rainbow of bright colors line clean, quiet streets. Marketplaces selling exotic fruits and authentic handicrafts are a great place to practice your conversational and bargaining skills.
Back home with your host family, your proficiency in Spanish will grow even more, as you prepare and share meals and talk about your day. With newfound confidence, you’ll learn to speak Spanish independently in shops, markets, and cafés throughout the city. Before long you’ll be chatting with locals over an agua fresca (made with juice from the local rambutan fruit), realizing how far you’ve come in just a few short weeks.