Through IFSA, Whitman students may study at the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán in Mérida, Mexico. Mérida is a medium-sized colonial city on the Gulf of Mexico with a significant Mayan population. With major Mayan archeological sites in the vicinity, Mérida is particularly well suited for students interested in studying Mexico's indigenous populations or ancient archeology. The University also offers courses in the humanities and social sciences.

“Everyone in Merida is so welcoming! I made so many Mexican friends and exchange student friends from all over the world without really even having to try. There is a huge intercambio (exchange student) population in Merida. The intercambio community is very close, and there are always intercambio parties. There are two organizations, Mexperiencia and Integrate, which organize trips for exchange students to nearby travel destinations...these trips were where I made most of my friends.” - Hanna M. ‘14

Fields of study:

Spanish language and literature, anthropology, archeology, sociology, history, politics, and psychology


Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (Whitman requirement)

Language Prerequisite:

Minimum of four semesters of college Spanish or the equivalent


15 credits per semester - Required Courses:
Advanced Spanish Language (3 credits)
Exploring Yucatán: Community and Culture (3 credits)
Three electives at the Center and/or the university (3 credits each)

Credit Conversion:

1 IFSA credit = 1 Whitman credit


None, however, non-credit volunteer opportunities are available.


In homes with Mexican hosts, who are typically widows or families with or without children


Three meals per day are provided

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


August-December; January-May


IFSA Scholarships

Program Link:

IFSA: Mérida Universities Program