The IFSA Butler program in Mérida, is a supported enrollment program offered during the fall, spring and academic year to students with at least 4 semesters of Spanish. Students will participate in several archaeologically focused excursions, live with a carefully chosen host family, enroll in courses with local Mexican students while improving their Spanish language skills.
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This program is designed for students with an intermediate command of the Spanish language from most majors. Students enroll in a Spanish language class and regular university classes alongside of their Mexican peers at Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán. UADY offers a full range of courses and is strong in history, literature and linguistics, anthropology, and social anthropology. UADY also has an active commitment to archaeology and anthropology because of its location in the midst of a concentration of archeological sites. However, students do not have to focus on archaeology and anthropology. The university has a full range of courses in the social sciences, humanities, education and the sciences.
While in Mérida, students live with host families. IFSA-Butler ensures that only one students lives with each host family to facilitate the greatest integration and immersion of the student in the Spanish language and Mexican culture.
Students participate in several excursions to locations such as Inframundo, Playa de Progreso, local archaeological museums, and long trips to visit cenotes and a hacienda. Students can even learn to cook regional Yucatec cuisine.
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All students should consult the OGP eligibility page to ensure that they meet all specific academic requirements for each school (CC, GS, SEAS) to study abroad.
There is a two-part application process for this program: an internal Columbia approval process called 'clearance' and an external admission application submitted directly to this program. Click "Start an Application" above for instructions and to begin.
Columbia Dates & Deadlines:
App Deadline/Columbia Clearance Deadline
Decision Date & Deadline Note
Admissions decisions for Columbia Programs will be sent approximately 3 to 4 weeks after the application deadline.
Columbia students applying to external programs should check with the program itself for an admissions timeline.
** Internal Columbia deadlines may be different from program application deadlines. Be sure to check with your chosen program or school to confirm any external deadlines.