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UF in Merida - Epidemiology
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 08/08/2018
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA:
Program Advisor: Brian Henry
Type of Credit:
Transfer, UF GPA
Open to non-UF students:
Yes Program Type: UF Sponsored
Liberal Arts and Sciences Field of Study: Biology
Program Description:

UF in Mérida

Summer B: June 27 - August 8, 2018

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About the Program

Learn epidemiology and Spanish in Mérida, Mexico, a regional center of unique culture and medicine.

The diseases we face are a result of many interacting factors including ecology, economics, tradition and behavior, and successful approaches to fighting them are no less integrative. We often think about infectious diseases like influenza and Zika as things we experience as individuals, but they are spread within populations and between regions. To fight disease, we thus need to think on multiple scales. Step outside of your familiar environment and immerse yourself in another, and you will acquire a broader understanding of the complex factors that drive disease dynamics. Nestled in the heart of the ancient Mayan empire, you will have an amazing time learning about the interplay between humans, the environment, and infectious disease.

About the Location

Named the 2017 American Capital of Culture, Mérida has deep connections to its Mayan roots, the invading conquistadors, and modern day Mexico. The first hospital in Mérida was founded by conquistadors in 1562, and today the local Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (UADY) features one of the most prestigious medical schools in Mexico. Mérida is an exceptionally safe city and an ideal place to study the epidemiology of the tropics in situ.


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 Biological Studies
Courses are taught by UF and UADY Faculty

UF Credit:
BSC 4956: Understanding Infectious Diseases
(3 credits UF GPA)

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

Total Number of Credits Offered: 6


  • 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: $5,138


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 6 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. Tom Hladish