Spend a summer in one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico. Merida, Mexico’s safest and cleanest city, is known as the “White City.” Here you will study Spanish language or Mexican literature in a city lined with colonial mansions, where you can still take a ride in a horse drawn carriage. Merida’s residents, who are proud of their colonial roots and their Mayan heritage, will welcome you warmly as they host you and invite you to enjoy the celebration of their cultural pride. You will participate in a number of cultural excursions to the most important Mayan ruins, the Yucatecan cenotes, and protected wildlife reserves. Merida is a half hour from the sea, and features a tranquil lifestyle with all of the modern-day conveniences. Its cultural offerings, size and safe character make it a perfect place to study the Spanish language and Mexican culture, as well as Pre-Hispanic and modern Mayan culture.
Prerequisite: One quarter of college-level Spanish with a grade of B or better, or 1 year of high school Spanish with a grade of A- or better.
Spanish 2A, 3A: Intensive Spanish (Elementary) (8 units)
Spanish 2A and 3A are introductory courses in Spanish language and culture. The approach is proficiency-oriented, communicative and task-based in order to help you develop communicative competence in all four skill areas (listening, speaking, reading and writing) as well as cultural competence. Spanish 2 and 3 are conducted completely in Spanish.
Prerequisite: One year of college-level Spanish with a grade of B or better, or three years of high-school Spanish with a grade of A- or better.
Spanish 4: Intermediate Spanish (4 units)
Spanish 5: Intermediate Spanish (4 units)
Spanish 4 and 5 emphasize advanced conversation and include review of major grammatical points and vocabulary expansion. Courses cover reading and writing skills as well.
Prerequisite: Spanish 25 or the equivalent.
Spanish 150, 170: Mexican Identity: Literature & Culture (8 units)
This course is an intensive study of representative works of Mexican narrative (essay, short story, and novel) analyzed within social, political, and historical frameworks with focus on themes of conquest, revolution, and identity, as well as the culture of Mexico through the examination of philosophy, history, art, music, dance, film and architecture. You will approach existing models of interpretation critically, and generate ideas with respect to cultural diversity and Mexican identity. We will analyze the literary and cultural production from ancient civilizations to the present as expressions of a complex, multifaceted and multicultural identity.
Spanish 199: Directed Research (requires instructor consent)
Students also have the option of enrolling in an optional 199 course, allowing them to do an additional assignment on a topic related to the travel study program. Instructor consent is required to register, so be sure to obtain your instructor's approval on the subject and format. There is an additional fee for this optional course.
Budget and Financial Aid
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|Spending Money (estimate)||500||500||500|
Program fee includes registration and course fees, accommodations, 3 meals a day and program excursions.
Airfare, textbooks, optional courses, other meals and optional excursions are additional.
Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.
Non-UCLA students will be charged a $50 Document Fee. This is a one-time document fee which covers fees for first-class mailing of official transcripts, diploma and much more. Please visit the Registrar's Office Website for more information. Matriculated UCLA Students: Please visit the Registrar's Office Website for document fee information.
All undergraduate students will be charged a $61 IEI fee per summer. The IEI (Instructional Enhancement Initiative) fee is a course materials fee that is charged in order to support the use of technology in undergraduate education at UCLA. For more information please click here.
We recommend that you budget accordingly to cover optional sightseeing, laundry, Internet cafes, emergencies, etc. How much to budget depends on your travel, entertainment, and souvenir choices. It is always best to overestimate your spending. Take the time to research the cost of living in your destination and the activities you want to participate in while abroad.
We typically advise students to wait until late March to purchase airplane tickets for summer programs.
Financial aid for Travel Study programs is available to qualified UCLA students. All other students should inquire about financial aid at their home institution. For details about the financial aid application process, please visit the Financial Aid section of this web site.
To maximize the language immersion experience, students will reside with local families in Merida. Host families are well acquainted with receiving foreign students in their homes. Students will use widely available public transportation to travel to class.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided as part of the home stay. If you have strict dietary requirements, this program may not be able to accommodate all your needs. Please let us know when you apply for this program if you do have special dietary needs as well as any physical or medical conditions. We will advise you accordingly. There are cafeterias and eateries close by the campus.
The program includes substantial cultural excursions, including in past years such world-renowned sites as Uxmal, Chichen-Itza, Tulum, Xcaret, Celestun, Izamal and the international resort town of Playa del Carmen in the Riviera Maya.
Located on the Yucatan Peninsula, Merida is known as the "White City" for its cleanliness and beauty. Originally constructed on Mayan ruins, Merida was the center of prosperity during the 19th century hacienda boom. In the historic center, you will find one of the oldest cathedrals in Mexico dating back to the colonial period as well as the Municipal Palace, destroyed and rebuilt after the Yucatan's surge for independence in the 19th century. You will be able to visit the mansions and elegant Paseo de Montejo and appreciate the elaborate architecture that reflects the prosperity of the owners of the henequen haciendas. Throughout Merida you will be surrounded by the rich Mayan cultural heritage and the Mayan languages still spoken. Merida is a city that delights in the celebration of its roots and you will be able to enjoy Merida en Domingo, las Vaquerias, las Serenatas and other weekly celebrations throughout the city.
June 30 - July 28, 2017
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