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  • Locations: Merida, Mexico
  • Program Terms: Embedded Programs, Embedded Spring
  • Budget Sheets: Embedded Spring
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Lloyd Pearson
Language of Instruction:
Minimum G.P.A.:
Good Academic Standing
Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
Faculty Led
Program Director:
Julio Nazario
Enrollment Restrictions:
Honors Program or Honors College Students
Program Description:
Yucatan Banner
The Program
  • Understand the importance of coral reef ecosystems through visits to the Caribbean coast and other visits to ecological preserves
  • Investigate the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Uxmal and Chichen Itza, ancient Maya cities of the Yucatan
  • Visit colonial cities such as Valladolid and Merida and learn about their history, people and culture
Your Host City: Merida
The tranquil, colonial city of Merida will be your point of arrival and your base in the Yucatan. The city is a wonderful blend of Mayan, Hispanic, and modern-day Mexican cultures--not to mention colorful birds, wily geckos, and bejeweled beetles. Merida is the capital of the Yucatan but still has plenty of local charm, with elegant architecture, open-air markets, a variety of museums, and delicious regional cuisine. And don't be fooled by the old world atmosphere; the city has free wireless in all its public parks. Cosmopolitan and friendly, Merida also has a vivid cultural life of theater, dance, music, street festivals, sports, and folklore. On weekends, the nearest beaches are a mere 20 miles away.

   Faculty Director Profile: 
Julio Nazario

Dean Nazario has a strong interest in philosophy, and is an affiliated faculty member in the Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies Department where he teaches courses on Caribbean cinema. 

Email Dean Nazario at:

This program is only open to students enrolled in the SAS Honors Program or Rutgers Honors College.

To view the program’s 2017 syllabus, please click here.  Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.

The field experience will take students to visit ancient ruins, swimming in underground lakes, hiking a rainforest, sleeping in cities, and meeting with local people in the Yucatan peninsula. Learn applications of history, archaeology, anthropology, and ecological science from local guides. Students will visit Mayan sites such as Chichen Itza and Izamal, key Spanish colonial cities including Mérida, mangroves, and the Kaxil Kiuic Ecological Reserve in the jungle outside Merida. Be prepared to climb pyramids, eat like a local, and snorkel in tropical seas.

For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Accommodations and Meals
Students will stay in shared hotel rooms throughout their time in Mexico. Most meals are included in the cost of this program, but students should expect to pay for some of their own dinners.

Financial Information
For more information about the program cost and additional non-billable expenses for this program, please view the program budget sheet.

For more information about finances, including information about financial aid and tuition remission please visit the Finances section of our website.

As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with Rutgers Global–Study Abroad's withdrawal policy.