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Texas State in Merida, Mexico

a poster for the Merida study abroad program


Program Dates:
June 1 - 26, 2020

The Texas State in Merida Program includes one week of online coursework at home and three weeks of face-to-face coursework in Merida, Mexico, where students will enjoy the hospitality of home stay families, take field trips to local historical and cultural sights, and gather with classmates and their Texas State professor, Dr. Laura Ellis-Lai, in a classroom each morning, Monday-Friday. All coursework is provided in English. 

Field trips and activities include an archaeological tour of the Mayan ruins at Uxmal, a visit to a modern day Mayan priest, a tour of the historic Hacienda de Sotuta de Peón, a swim in a cenote, a trip to the nearby beach, a Yucatecan cooking class, a salsa dance class, live music and dance performances, walking tours of downtown Merida and Montejo Avenue, and visits to the Chocolate Museum outside Uxmal, the Contemporary Art Museum of Merida, the Montejo House Museum, the Grand Museum of the Mayan World, and the City Museum of Merida. 

Students will often have free time during the afternoons, evenings, and weekends to go to the beach together, meet up with friends in lively cafes and restaurants, visit Merida’s beautiful churches and museums, attend free nightly arts performances, and explore the city.

For more information, visit the Merida Study Abroad Website, or apply for the Merida Program.

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  • Undergraduate students will earn six hours of credit for two courses:

    • ENG 3311: Practices in Writing and Rhetoric: Travel Writing
    • ENG 3341: Studies in World Literature: Mexican Literature, in Translation

    Graduate students will earn six hours of credit for two courses:

    • ENG 5395: Problems in Language and Literature: Travel Writing
    • ENG 5324: Studies in Literary Genre: Mexican Literature, in Translation
  • Estimated Cost: $3,868 (Undergraduate) or $4,168 (Graduate)

    • A $200 application fee
    • A $300 deposit is due February 15, 2019
    • Scholarships are available to eligible Texas State students (deadline February 1)
    • Space is limited, but special consideration will be given to early applicants!

    Program cost includes: 

    • Room in a host family home and most meals for three weeks in Merida, Mexico.
    • Tuition and Academic fees for 6 hours of university credit.
  • Mérida, the tropical capital of the state of Yucatán, is a charming colonial city famous for its delicious food, world-class museums, free nightly cultural performances, and proximity to cenote swimming holes, UNESCO-rated Mayan ruins, and the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico.

    The city was founded by Spanish conquistadors during the 1540s and built from the stones of the Mayan city that preceded it. Today, it boasts one of the largest historical centers in Latin America; its grand avenue was inspired by the boulevards of Paris and is lined with pastel colored mansions built during the henequen boom at the turn of the 20th century.

    The Merida program is one of the most affordable programs offered by the Texas State University Study Abroad Program! Check out Study Abroad’s online brochure here for details about the dates and costs of the program.
    Finally, you and your family will be glad to know that Merida is one of the SAFEST cities in Mexico. It’s home to a U.S. consulate and a sophisticated hospital, and it’s just a quick, 2-hour flight from Houston.

For more information contact:
Dr. Laura Ellis-Lai
Academic Program Director
Texas State in Merida Program
Department of English
Texas State University-San Marcos