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Central College Abroad in Merida, Mexico


Fall, Spring, Academic Year


Fall semester: late August - early December. Spring semester: late January - early May

Degree Level


Subject Areas

  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Computer Science & It
  • Culture
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Environmental Studies
  • Health Sciences
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Interior Design
  • Latin American Studies
  • Literature
  • Marketing, Advertising, & Pr
  • Psychology
  • Spanish
  • Tesol

Cost in US$:

Please contact us for current cost information.

Program Fees Include:

What's included:

•Guaranteed housing in Central College Abroad residence or homestay with a local Yucatecan family. Both options include all meals (Mon-Fri and brunch on Saturday)
•Computer/internet access at the Central College Abroad residence
•Week-long orientation
•Excursions and cultural events such as a five-day trip to the state of Chiapas
•Internship and service-learning opportunities (optional)
•24-hour staff and reception
•On-site resident director and support services
•Personal Central College Abroad Advisor for pre-departure support
•Optional online pre-departure and re-entry course
•Central College Abroad Student Survival Guide and Parent handbook
•Supplemental travel insurance , including mental health coverage, emergency evacuation and more
•International student ID card provided by INEXT
•Transcript from Central College, a U.S. institution fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The Central College Abroad house


Live in the Central College house where students learn about Yucatecan customs and traditions through daily interaction with the on-site staff. Located in a residential area of Mérida, the house was once the private residence of a former governor. Living arrangements include:

•Two-to-four person bedrooms
•Living area
•Dining area
•Reference library
•Computer space and wireless network


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided Monday through Friday, and brunch on Saturdays. All Meals are served family style and combine Yucatecan, Mexican and international cuisine. Students have access to kitchen facilities on Saturdays and Sundays.



For students looking for complete language and cultural immersion, living with a family is an invaluable option not to be ignored. Interaction with a family improves language skills and allows students the valuable opportunity to experience traditional Yucatecan hospitality while still having full access to the Central College Abroad house.

All Central College Abroad host families have been carefully selected and most have a long history of receiving students in their homes.


Students are served breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, and brunch on Saturdays. Students living with host families also have access to Central College Abroad kitchen facilities on Saturdays and Sundays.

Experience Required


This Program is open to

American Participants.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Group living
  • Home-stays

Participants Travel

Independently or in Groups

Typically Participants Work


Scholarships are Available

For many students, scholarship funds make a real difference between participation and staying home. For students who attend a school that is part of Central’s cooperative council, additional scholarships are available.

Central College Abroad provides scholarship opportunities for semester and year program applicants for both Central College and non-Central students.
Scholarship applications are made after acceptance into a Central College Abroad program. Application directions and forms are accessed through an online acceptance account.

Pay attention to scholarship deadlines; some allow you to apply for the scholarship even if you have not officially been accepted to the program yet. Note that scholarship deadlines operate independently of program application deadlines.

Apply, apply, apply! It never hurts to try. Studying abroad is an experience that will enrich your undergraduate experience. Don’t let cost hold you back. Research your options so you can begin this life-changing journey!

Central College Abroad scholarship deadlines:

•March 15 — fall and year programs
•October 1 — spring programs.

Application Process Involves

  • Online Application
  • Essay
  • Letters of Reference
  • Transcript

Typically The Application Process Time is

5 days

Post Services Include

  • Alumni Network
  • Re-Entry Debriefing at Home
  • Exit Debriefing Abroad