Cinthia Fabian, CC'17


IFSA in Mexico: Summer Language and Cultural Studies in the Yucatan

Language of Instruction: Spanish
Term: Summer

Further your Spanish skills while studying in the Yucatan for a summer term.

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The Language and Cultural Studies in the Yucatan program provides you the opportunity to study Spanish, contemporary Yucatan culture, the history of Mayan culture and civilization, and/or Medical Spanish. You will live with carefully selected homestay families.


All students must take an intermediate or advanced Spanish language course (3 credits).
In addition, you can choose from:

  • Contemporary Yucatan: Selected Topics
  • History of Mayan Culture and Civilization
  • Introduction to Medical Spanish

Please note, Columbia College and General Studies students can ONLY take courses that are taught in Spanish for credit. Other courses are available on the program that are taught in English. CC and GS students can take those courses, but will NOT receive Columbia credit for them.

Program Features

The course includes a walking tour of Merida, trips to local archaeological sites, and a multi-day academic excursion. In the past, the excursion has been to Havana, Cuba; however, this is subject to change.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites. Note the program language requirements.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.

Fact Sheet

Foreign Language Learning, Social Sciences, STEM
Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Columbia Undergraduates, First Year, Junior, Senior, Sophomore, Study Abroad
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
2 semesters of language, or equivalent
Latin America and the Caribbean

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, March 15, 2022