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  • Locations: Merida, Mexico
  • Program Terms: Fall
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  • Program Cost:: Fall
Program Dates:
Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 04/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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:
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Number of Credits: 12+ Credit Type: WKU Credit
Field of Study: HONORS, INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES, LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES, LITERATURE, SPANISH Minimum GPA: 2.0
Program Catagory: WKU Partner Program Class Eligibility: 1. Freshman, 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior
Program Description:

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Experience Mexico


KIIS MEXICO IThe KIIS Merida semester program in the city of Merida provides an ideal setting for students to study Spanish and learn about Mexican art, culture, ecology, and history. During the 90-day program, students take KIIS-specific courses at Habla, a private school in a comfortable neighborhood of Merida.

Students often cite the homestay experience as one of the hallmarks of the KIIS Merida semester 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.

Capital of the Yucatan, Merida is a very beautiful and safe city that is home to a number of American university study abroad programs. (Merida received the "Banner of Peace" from the United Nations) With a population approaching one million, Merida boasts a fascinating blend of Mexican, Mayan, and European cultural influences, evident on its narrow colonial streets, picturesque plazas, and the majestic Paseo Montejo. Both quaint and modern, Merida has great shops and markets (jewelry, hammocks, and the classic Guayabera shirt), cheap eats and fine cuisine, festivals, lively music ("Noche Mexicana" every Saturday), and lovely universities.

Merida is ideally located, serving as the perfect hub for group excursions and independent travel in the Yucatan peninsula. It is thirty minutes from the beach as well as a number of beautiful nature preserves, including the Celestun flamingo sanctuary. Spectacular ruins at Uxmal, Chichen Itza, Labna, and Kabah-- none more than 90 minutes away-- unveil the architectural, mathematical, and cultural splendor of ancient Mayan, Olmec, and Toltec civilizations. Other places of interest within a three-hour drive include the coastal city of Campeche, colonial Valladolid, the cenotes (underground pools) of Ik-Kil and X'Keken, and the lovely Caribbean beaches of the Mayan Riviera (notably, Cancun, Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum).

 

Courses


SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I
SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish I
SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II 
SPAN 370 Spanish Conversation
SPAN 372 Latin American Civilization and Culture 
SPAN 455 Topics in Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies
SPAN 455 Topics: Contemporary Literature of the Yucatan: 1900 to present

NOTE: No prior Spanish language study is required to participate. Additional courses taught in English will be available. Check kiis.org for English course details.


For course descriptions, click here.
 

Accommodations


A key feature of the KIIS Merida program is that all students live with carefully chosen Mexican families, either single or double occupancy. This affords students the opportunity to develop their language skills as well as experience daily life in Mexico.

Two meals per day are taken with the host family. Host families attempt to accommodate requests for special diets and smoke-free environment, but KIIS cannot guarantee that those 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 program is suitable for them.

Host families provide towels and bed linens. Laundry must be done at a local laundromat, or an arrangement may be negotiated with the host family.