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  • Summer Travel Study

    Spanish Language and Mexican Literature

  • Summer Travel Study

    Spanish Language and Mexican Literature

  • Summer Travel Study

    Spanish Language and Mexican Literature


Spend a summer in one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico.  Merida, Mexico’s safest and cleanest city, is known as the “White City.” Here you will study Spanish language or Mexican literature in an city lined with colonial mansions, where you can still take a ride in a horse drawn carriage.  Merida’s residents, who are proud of their colonial roots and their Mayan heritage, will welcome you warmly as they host you and invite you to enjoy the celebration of their cultural pride.  You will participate in a number of cultural excursions to the most important Mayan ruins, the Yucatecan cenotes, and protected wildlife reserves.  Merida is a half hour from the sea, and features a tranquil lifestyle with all of the modern-day conveniences. Its cultural offerings, size and safe character make it a perfect place to study the Spanish language and Mexican culture, as well as Pre-Hispanic and modern Mayan culture. 


Curriculum I

Prerequisite: One quarter of college-level Spanish (Spanish 1) or the equivalent.

Required Courses:
Spanish 2A-3A: Intensive Spanish (Elementary) (8 units)

Spanish 2A and 3A are introductory courses in Spanish language and culture. The approach is proficiency-oriented, communicative and task-based in order to help you develop communicative competence in all four skill areas (listening, speaking, reading and writing) as well as cultural competence. Spanish 2 and 3 are conducted completely in Spanish.   

Curriculum II

Prerequisite: Spanish 25 or the equivalent.

Required Courses:

Spanish 150/170: Mexican Literature (8 units)

This course is an intensive study of representative works of Mexican narrative (essay, short story, and novel) analyzed within social, political, and historical frameworks with focus on themes of conquest, revolution, and identity, as well as the culture of Mexico through the examination of philosophy, history, art, music, dance, film and architecture.   You will approach existing models of interpretation critically, and generate ideas with respect to cultural diversity and Mexican identity.  We will analyze the literary and cultural production from ancient civilizations to the present as expressions of a complex, multifaceted and multicultural identity. 

On Location


To maximize the language immersion experience, students will reside with local families in Merida. Host families are well acquainted with receiving foreign students in their homes. Students will use widely available public transportation to travel to class.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided as part of the home stay. If you have strict dietary requirements, this program may not be able to accommodate all your needs. Please let us know when you apply for this program if you do have special dietary needs as well as any physical or medical conditions. We will advise you accordingly. There are cafeterias and eateries close by the campus.

Tentative Excursions

The program includes substantial cultural excursions, including in past years such world-renowned sites as Uxmal, Chichen-Itza, Tulum, Xcaret, Celestun, Izamal and the international resort town of Playa del Carmen in the Riviera Maya.

Located on the Yucatan Peninsula, Merida is known as the "White City"  for its cleanliness and beauty. Originally constructed on Mayan ruins, Merida was the center of prosperity during the 19th century hacienda boom.  In the historic center, you will find one of the oldest cathedrals in Mexico dating back to the colonial period as well as the Municipal Palace, destroyed and rebuilt after the Yucatan's surge for independence in the 19th century.  You will be able to visit the mansions and elegant Paseo de Montejo and appreciate the elaborate architecture that reflects the prosperity of the owners of the henequen haciendas.  Throughout Merida you will be surrounded by the rich Mayan cultural heritage and the Mayan languages still spoken.  Merida is a city that delights in the celebration of its roots and you will be able to enjoy Merida en Domingo, las Vaquerias, las Serenatas and other weekly celebrations throughout the city.


June 27 - July 25, 2015