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  • Locations: Campeche, Mexico; Merida, Mexico
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 04/27/2018 ** Rolling Admission 07/14/2018 07/26/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
UCIE Program Coordinator: Megan Trickler Program: Ambassador
Program Type: Study Abroad Program Faculty Advisor: Astudillo, Maria
Supporting Department: Modern Languages Registration Term: Summer B
Credit Hours: 3.0
Program Description:

Contents:Chichen Itza


Program Description:Palacio Cantón in Mérida

The Yucatán peninsula was once and still is home to the great Mayan civilization. Mayan culture and its cities, such as Chichén Itzá which was declared the 7th Wonder of the World in 2007, still amaze thousands of visitors every year. The program will explore some of the most important locations of Yucatán associated with Mayan culture, Spanish conquest, and the Franciscan heritage. This trip will embark you on an adventure that will expand your cultural backpack and forever enrich your life.
¡Vívelo para creerlo!


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Academic Course Information:Merida

 Students will register for 3-credit hours in one of the following:

SPN 2500: Intermediate Spanish II Study Abroad (for undergraduates who have completed SPN 2010. This course substitutes for SPN 2020 and completes the BA language requirement.) 
SPN 3990: Spanish Immersion México Ambassador Program (for undergraduates who have completed SPN 2020)
ML 3500: Ambassador Program Abroad (for undergraduates who have completed SPN 1020)
SPN 3110: Spanish Conversation I (for undergraduates who have completed SPN 2020)
SPN 6030: Spanish Immersion México Ambassador Program (for graduate students and high school Spanish teachers)
The courses are divided into three components:
1.) Three pre-departure meetings.
2.) Tour and visits in Yucatán.
3.) One post-travel meeting.
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About the Faculty Program Advisors:

Maria AstudilloMaría Astudillo is a native of México and was raised in Yucatán. As a native of that area, she has extensive knowledge with the archeological sites of the Yucatán, as well as Mayan culture. She has led programs to Costa Rica and Panamá. Currently, she is a lecturer of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages.

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Meals and Accommodations:

 While in México, students will be provided with breakfasts and lunch or dinner. Students will also have multiple opportunities to explore and try the local cuisine.
Students will live with host families that have been carefully selected and have a long history of receiving students in their homes. With your host family, you will be able to experience the family aspect of the host culture and it is a wonderful opportunity for you to immerse yourself in the language and daily life in the Yucatán.
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Eligible students will have completed the equivalent of Spanish 1020 before departure (placement test scores are an acceptable substitute), have a minimum GPA of 2.5, and one letter of recommendation from a university professor or a high school teacher. All applicants will meet the professor for an interview before being accepted into the program.


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Before You Leave:

 Students are required to attend 3 pre-departure meetings at WSU. These meetings covers finances, academics, cultural adaptation, health and safety abroad. and complete required paperwork at these meetings; Times and dates are TBA.

Students will be required by the University Center for International Education to complete a mandatory pre-departure orientation online a few weeks before departure.

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Getting There:

Students will be responsible for purchasing their own tickets to and from Merida and Yucatan, and are highly encouraged to be on the same flight as the faculty program advisor, so as to arrive at the same time. 

Student are free to arrive early or stay later but should be aware they are not part the program during those times and are not covered by WSU insurances.

UCIE recommends the following travel agencies that work with university students:  STA Travel and Student Universe.  They may be able to offer payment plans.
Fort San Miguel
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Program Costs:

The $100 application fee for this program has been waived!

The cost of the program  is $1100. This includes housing, transportation within México, sightseeing tours, all admissions, entrance fees, some meals, and health and accident insurance.
Not included: airfare, tuition, some meals, visas/passport fees, and personal expenses.
To officially secure a spot in the program, an application fee of $100 and
a program deposit of $500 are due at the time of application .
$300 is due on March 1st
$300 is due on May 1st.
All payments are non-refundable.
The UCIE reserves the right to adjust the price up to 10%.
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Affording the Program:Flamingoes

WSU financial aid is applicable to this program.  To learn more about your specific financial aid options you should contact the Financial Aid Representative, Gail Cyan, at to schedule an appointment and learn about your specific situation.

Some academic departments offer scholarships for study abroad, there are some scholarships available nationally as well.  Please ask your study abroad coordinator for more information.

Many students reach out to family, friends, and community and religious organizations for support.  Some choose to create an online funding site, others send out letters requesting support.  

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Passports and Visas:

A valid passport is required for all international travel. Its best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. The UCIE is an official US Passport Center and we can help you with your photo and passport processing needs.  See here for more information.

Some study abroad destinations will require you to obtain a visa.  A visa is permission given to you by your host country to allow you to enter the country for a specific amount of time.  In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is visa the US Department of State’s webpage.

The UCIE is happy to guide you to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements change frequently and we advise you to pay close information to consular updates. It is your responsibility to knowing and addressing the requirements for your host study abroad destination.
Franciscan Convent in Izamal
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Health and Safety:

WSU is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

WSU faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. Please consider reviewing the following sites for further information:
US Department of State
US Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC)
International SOS ( for medical and security advice. WSU membership #: 11BSGC000054

Before travel WSU students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in several ways including:
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad
  • Get advice on how to travel with your medication
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad

WSU faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)   in case of an emergency abroad.

If you are participating in a WSU Ambassador Program, you are automatically covered with a UHP Health Insurance Packet  through University Health Plans.  
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Contacts and More Information:

University Center for International Education (UCIE)

Program Coordinator:

Megan Trickler
Education Abroad Coordinator

Faculty Program Advisors:

Maria Astudillo
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