Through the Institute for Study Abroad at Butler University, 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.

Fields of study:

Anthropology, archeology, economics, history, literature, linguistics, politics and psychology


Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Language Prerequisite:

Minimum of four semesters of college Spanish or the equivalent

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


August-December; January-May


16 credits per semester - Required Courses:
Advanced Spanish Language (3 credits)
Four electives at Center and/or the University (3 credits each)

Credit Conversion:

1 IFSA-Butler credit = 1 Whitman credit


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


Three meals per day are provided


Unpaid, non-credit bearing volunteer opportunities may be available


IFSA-Butler Scholarships

Program Link:

IFSA Butler: Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán