IFSA Butler in Mexico: Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan, Merida

Language of Instruction: Spanish
Term: Spring, Fall

Immerse yourself in Spanish language and Mexican culture while studying in Mérida


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.


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 archaeological 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.

Program Features

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 an hacienda. Students can even learn to cook regional Yucatec cuisine.


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 by the OGP 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

Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
4 semesters of language, or equivalent (Intermediate sequence)
Spring, Fall

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Application Deadline: 
Sunday, October 1, 2017