Mexico


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A Visa or other immigration clearance for transit through the United States is required for this option


Mérida,  Mexico – Spanish and Culture Programme (summer, one month +)

Who: All UWI students with an interest in learning Spanish and about the culture of the Yucatán Peninsula and
The UADY Building in Central Mérida
The UADY Building in Central Mérida
who will have completed level one of their degree by time of travel may apply for this programme (language groups for total beginners are available). Spanish Majors and Minors  should ideally aim to do the programme at the end of level two.
 
Who with: Either the programme director Dr. Ian Craig, Senior Lecturer in Spanish at Cave Hill, or another Lecturer in the Spanish section, will travel with the group in 2017. 

Where: Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico, the Centro Institucional de Lenguas (CIL) at the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (UADY).  

What: The CIL's well-established Spanish Language and Culture Programme. Click here (pending update) to see the CIL's description of the course. Accommodation is homestay with a local family.
 
What else: With a million inhabitants, Mérida is large enough to have big-city diversity, but is not an overwhelming place to enjoy at street level. As such, it has something to offer for all temperaments: plenty of frenetic activity and nightlife if that's your thing, lots of intimate corners and quiet time if you're more into that (it was officially named "City of Peace" in 2010). Check out Yucatán Today, the province's excellent tourism guide, to get a feel for what's going on.
 
When: Course dates for 2017 are 5 June-30 June. Assuming arrival on 3 June and departure on 2 July, total nights = 29. Important deadlines: i) by 24 Feb 2017 - pay $100 registration fee to Dept. of LLL; ii) by 2 May 2017 - pay airfare to travel agency as advised by organizers; iii) by 18 May 2017 - pay course fees to CIL as advised by organisers. It may be possible to go for a shorter or longer period; more information on this soon.
 
How much: Approximate total cost = B$5270 (US$2635). See draft budget below for breakdown. Price updates will be sent to those who sign up using the link below.
 
Why: Reason number one: the immense richness of the Mayan, colonial and contemporary cultural influences. Mérida is an exceptionally engaging city to explore and its environs offer numerous archaeological and natural treasures. It is also renowned for being very, very friendly, providing an excellent environment for engagement with local residents. Projecting far into the Caribbean Sea, the Yucatán Peninsula has strong historical and cultural links with the Caribbean region. Reason number two: safety - Mérida is cited as the safest city over 500,000 pop. in North America (including all of the US and Canada). Participants can thus experience all that Mexico has to offer in a relatively very secure environment.
 
Programme Director: Ian Craig (ian.craig@cavehill.uwi.edu)
 
Draft Budget:
Item Cost US$ Cost BD$ Notes
Registration fee 50 100 Non-refundable, payable to the Department for administration of the programme.
Flight Barbados-Miami-Mérida-Miami-Barbados 800 1600 Approximate cost; if you sign up you'll receive info. on the actual cost as soon as it's available.
Travel Insurance 135 270 You purchase this if you need it (some frequent travellers have all-year-round coverage).
Course of Study for one month 570 1140 45-hour course Español y Cultura para Extranjeros; includes online placment exam prior to departure.
Accommodation 580 1160 Homestay, including 3 meals/day, airport pick-up. To be paid on arrival.
Other expenses 500 1000  Excursions, souvenirs etc.
Total Cost B$ 5270  
* Costs subject to change; you will be advised of all relevant changes in due course after sign-up.

Faculty of Humanities and Education
Telephone: (246) 417-4385/87 Fax: (246) 424-0634 E-mail: humanities@cavehill.uwi.edu