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UF in Merida - Tropical Ecology and Spanish
Mérida, Mexico (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer B
Budget Sheets Summer B
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer B 2018 05/15/2018 05/15/2018 06/27/2018 08/03/2018
Fact Sheet:
Graduate, Undergraduate
Language Requirement:
Minimum GPA:
Language of Instruction:
English, Spanish
Program Advisor: Brian Henry
Type of Credit:
Transfer, UF GPA
Open to non-UF students:
Yes Program Type: UF Sponsored
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Program Description:

UF in Mérida

Tropical Ecology and Spanish
Summer B: June 27 - August 3, 2018

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About the Program

Experience life in tropical Mexico. Hike through caves. Sleep in a hammock. Visit ancient Maya archaeological sites. Travel to contemporary Maya villages. See monkeys, crocodiles, sea turtles, and flamingoes. Take a boat trip through the mangroves. Sample Yucatecan cuisine. Hear new music. Dance to exotic rhythms. Live with a Mexican family in the beautiful, modern city of Mérida. Experience all this and more through the University of Florida/Autonomous University of Yucatán (UADY) Summer B Program in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico. You will receive 3 credits for Spanish, 3 credits for Tropical Ecology, and 2 credits for Humans & the Environment of the Yucatan Peninsula. Join us for fun classes and weekly fieldtrips and have an unforgettable summer!

About the Location

Mérida is located in Southeast Mexico, about 20 miles from the Gulf. Often called "The White City," Merida is one of the safest cities in the world and is famous for its rich culture.


You will go on weekly field trips as a part of this program.


You will participate in a homestay with a Mexican family. Meals with the host family are included in the program cost.

Gain an Understanding of the Structure and Function of Ecosystems on the Yucatán Peninsula.

Develop Conversational Spanish Ability.

Integrate into Mexican Life Through Daily Interactions with a Host Family and Local University Students.

Course Information

Department of Geological Studies
Courses are taught by UF and UADY Faculty

UF Credit:
GLY 4930: Special Topics in Geological Sciences
(5 Credits: 3 credits - Tropical Ecology & 2 credits - Humans and the Environment of the Yucatan Peninsula)

UADY Transfer Credit:
Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced Spanish Course
(3 credits)
All classes except Spanish are taught in English

Total Number of Credits Offered: 8


  • open to all majors
  • GPA requirements vary by college
  • students in good standing

Financial Aid

UF in MeridaMost financial aid that you would receive on campus during the summer can be applied toward the cost of this study abroad program; however, all financial aid eligibility is determined by Student Financial Affairs. You must speak with your financial aid advisor to determine what aid can be applied to the cost of this study abroad program, including scholarships.

2018 Pricing

Undergraduate Program Fee: $5,686
Graduate Program Fee: $6,100

A $350 nonrefundable deposit toward the total cost of the program is due at the time of application. The remaining fees are due no later than 45 days prior to departure. If you receive financial aid, you can defer payment until it disburses. Deferment decision will be based on the amount of aid to be received.

UF in MeridaWhat's Included:

Tuition for 8 credits, room and board with a host family, weekly excursions (travel, hotels, meals, admission to archaeological sites, boat rentals, etc.), orientation, cost of instruction, international health insurance, and medical emergency assistance.

What's Not Included:

Round-trip airfare, additional personal travel, and personal expenses.

UFIC Study Abroad Advisor
Brian Henry

Faculty Program Director
Dr. Mark Brenner