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UK Consortia: KIIS Summer - Experience Mexico (KIIS)
Merida, Mexico (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer 1
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Fees and Policies Summer 1
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 1 2016 02/15/2016 ** Rolling Admission 05/26/2016 06/28/2016
NOTE: Application fee reduction of $100 if application submitted by January 20, 2016

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be notified of acceptance into this program and will then need to complete post-decision materials prior to departing for the program.
Fact Sheet:
Experience Type:
Study Abroad
Area of Study:
Gender Studies, Latin American Studies, Sociology, Spanish Language
Course Language:
English, Spanish
Minimum Language Requirement:
Housing Options:
1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior
Minimum GPA:
Student Type:
Undergraduate students only
UK Travel Medical Insurance:
Provided by program partner
Program Description:

Although some areas of Mexico are currently under a U.S. State Department Travel Warning, the specific location of this program is NOT included in that warning. Eligible UK students may participate in this program with full support from the University. The University requires that all students on this program submit supplemental materials regarding this information PRIOR to Education Abroad application acceptance for this program.

It is important to understand that should the Travel Warning change to include the location of this program there might be additional application requirements that must be completed in order to maintain University support for participation in the program.

**There are supplemental application forms for all applicants on this program. Contact your Education Abroad Advisor before applying for this program.**

Experience Mexico!


MexicoProgram Overview
Merida, Mexico is an ideal location for students to experience a fusion of Mexican, Mayan, and European culture and to explore the wonders of the Yucatan. 

The region boasts Chichen Itza, named as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World; Uxmal, a designated UNESCO World Heritage site; pristine beaches; and beautiful nature preserves. In 2010, the International U.N. Committee presented Merida with the Banner of Peace award in recognition of the city's commitment to peace and security. 

Coursework is enriched with cultural excursions while enjoying Merida's vibrant culture of festivals, ("Noche Mexicana" every Saturday), and fine cuisine. 

Students often cite the unique homestay experience as one of the hallmark of the KIIS Merida summer program. Students learn firsthand about daily life in Mexico, its institutions, social customs and cultural practices. Students typically take part in family activities, going to parties and outings, attending cultural and sporting events, and sometimes taking weekend trips with their families.

On the day of arrival in Merida, there is a program orientation and a walking tour of the city. Students also first meet and begin living with their homestay families. Classes begin thereafter. Students have most weekends free. 

Please note: Students wishing to take Spanish language courses must have the appropriate hours of college-level Spanish (or the equivalent) at time of departure. See Courses for prerequisites. The GWS and SOCL courses are taught in English. 


This program is open to undergraduate students from all academic disciplines.

Academic Credit

  • Students will earn transfer credit from Western Kentucky University. For all successfully completed courses, the credit hours, course title and course equivalency will be indicated on the UK transcript. Students must complete the coursework during this program according to the established guidelines by Western Kentucky University.  The grades earned will be important to progression in future academic endeavors, including graduate or professional school. However, the grades earned will NOT be indicated on the UK transcript. For more information visit the Education Abroad Academic Credit website. 

  • Available Courses for 2016
    • Gender in Latin America (GWS 470/SOCL 489 - 3 hours)
    • Introduction to Community, Environment, and Development (SOCL 270 - 3 hours)
    • Intermediate Spanish I (SPAN 201 - 3 hours)
    • Intermediate Spanish II (SPAN 202 - 3 hours)
    • Latin American Civilization and Culture (SPAN 372 - 3 hours)
  • PRIOR to participating in this program, students must complete an Academic Approval Form (AAF) for all courses listed above with a UK Equivalency. The AAF indicates how the courses will be used, or course equivalency, once they are transferred back to UK. Instructions on how to complete the AAF are included in the application materials.  

  • Upon completion of the term abroad, the transcript should be sent to the Education Abroad at UK office. Once received, the Education Abroad staff will coordinate the transfer of credits to UK.

  • All students will be enrolled in ISP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour) during their term abroad.

Housing & Meals

  • Students will be housed with local families in homestays either in single or double occupancy rooms.

  • All meals are taken with the host family, who will also provide towels and bed linens. Laundry must be done at a local laundromat.

  • Please note: Host families attempt to accommodate requests for special diets and smoke-free environments, but KIIS cannot guarantee these requests will be met. Students with serious dietary restrictions or acute need for smoke-free conditions should bear this in mind when considering whether the homestay-based program is suitable for them.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

  • Students are strongly encouraged to explore all funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on the area of study, program type, length, and country of destination. 

  • Many financial aid packages (scholarships, loans and grants) used for on-campus study can be applied to education abroad programs. Students who qualify for financial aid should consult with their UK Financial Aid counselor as soon as possible to apply for funding.

  • The Education Abroad at UK Scholarship - The campus-wide Selection Committee awards need-based scholarships to UK students in the amounts of $750, $1,000 and $1,500. The deadline for application materials is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs.

  •  KIIS awards scholarships of $250 - $750 for specific programs. Additionally, KIIS offers a $100 discount for early applications (January 20). Visit the KIIS Scholarship website for more information.

For more information about scholarship and funding opportunities, please visit the Education Abroad at UK Financial Aid & Scholarships resource page.


  • Students must complete two applications to participate in this program - one to Education Abroad at UK and one to KIIS. For the KIIS application, visit the KIIS website.

Program Costs

  • Costs and cancellation policies vary by program, so it is important to review this information very carefully. For more information on program costs, please see the "Fees and Policies" information page (the link is in the program header at the top of this website).

Passport & Visa Requirements

  • U.S. passport holders are not required to obtain a visa for participation on this program. Participants who wish to extend their stay in the country beyond the program start and end dates must investigate the visa regulations at the Embassy of Mexico.

Health & Safety Abroad
All participants of this program will be enrolled in Travel Medical Insurance for the duration of the program. Participants wishing to travel before or after the official program dates are strongly encouraged to purchase additional coverage for the extended travel dates. Please see the UK Education Abroad Health & Safety website for more information.

All students will participate in UK pre-departure orientation activities. Students will often participate in orientation activities upon arrival in the host country as well. In addition to pre-departure orientations, students will have access to on-going orientation resources during and after their program to maximize the intercultural and intellectual learning potential at each phase of the education abroad experience. Students are strongly encouraged to independently research their host country. Participants should consider the history, current politics, social media outlets, tourism boards, etc. 

For More Information
For additional information about the program, please contact:
EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall - Walk ins are welcome Monday-Friday 9am - 5pm
KIIS: Kentucky Institute for International Education,,
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