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*KIIS: Merida, Mexico (Summer)
Cancun, Mexico; Merida, Mexico (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer
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Program Cost: Summer
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Program Catagory: WKU Partner Program
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Faculty/Program Leader(s):
Post, Ben, Zavala-Garrett, Itza
Colonnade Credit: No Class Eligibility: 1. Freshman, 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior, 5. Graduate
Program Description:
Program Description:

Experience Mexico

KIIS MEXICOMerida, 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. ?


SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II
SPAN 230 Spanish for Medical Professionals
SPAN 372 Latin American Civilization & Culture
SPAN 376 Literature & Culture of Latin America

NOTE: All courses are taught in Spanish.

For course descriptions, click here.

Please note: Students wishing to take the Spanish courses must have the appropriate hours of college-level Spanish (or the equivalent) at time of departure. See individual courses for prerequisites. The SOCL and CRIM courses are taught in English. Each student must take at least one three-credit hour course. However, students typically take two three-credit hour courses. The program fee is the same if you take one or two courses. A student cannot take more than two three-credit hour courses. All course credit will be issued by Western Kentucky University. The WKU Registrar will transfer your grades to your home institution approximately 6-8 weeks after the completion of the program. We encourage all students - long before KIIS program departure - to contact their Academic Advisor, Department Head, and/or the Study Abroad Office to determine the credit equivalencies at their home institution (that is, confirm ahead of time with your college or university how your desired KIIS courses will count towards your major and/or overall degree requirements). Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. ?


A key feature of the KIIS Merida program is that all students live with carefully chosen Mexican families (two KIIS students per homestay family). This affords students the opportunity to develop their language skills as well as experience daily life in Mexico. 

All meals are taken with the host family, who will also provide towels and bed linens. Host families are situated in safe neighborhoods with local amenities nearby, e.g., grocery stores and laundromats. Most families are within 15-20 minute walking distance or bus ride from the college where students take classes. Laundry must be done at a local laundromat, or an arrangement may be negotiated with the host family.

Special requests regarding accommodations, such as roommate preference, allergies, smoking, etc., should be indicated on the application and the housing questionnaire. Many people in Mexico smoke, and KIIS cannot guarantee that the housing will be smoke-free. Requests are honored depending on availability of facilities. 

Although there is no language requirement, participants will find the program more fulfilling if they have had some Spanish. 


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This program is currently not accepting applications.