• Mexico
2 - 4 weeks

Program Details

Program Type
Host Family


Price Details
Get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE! High School Summer Abroad programs include Classes, Housing, 3 Meals/Day, All Ground Transportation (Once In-country), Access to Local Phone and WIFI, Cultural Activities and Excursions, Comprehensive Medical and Travel Protection and 24/7 On-site Support.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Meals Travel Insurance Wifi
Jun 17, 2024
May 31, 2018
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About Program

A cosmopolitan city near ancient Mayan ruins and incredible geological formations... Merida is a perfect place to spend a summer studying Spanish. In a safe, charming and small-town environment, you'll practice your language skills in class, at your homestay and with locals. CIEE High School Summer Abroad programs let you see southeastern Mexico through a special lens where you could even engage in service-learning with a local NGO in a Leadership & Service Program.

Scholarship opportunities are available for summer abroad in Merida!

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Program Highlights

  • Native teachers and expert instructors
  • A certificate of service-learning hours to use on college applications and résumé
  • 24/7 support from CIEE program leader and in-country CIEE staff members

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Join us this summer in Merida, Yucatan! Grow your Spanish skills and get to know Mexican culture on a 4-week immersion program complete with a homestay, daily classes and cultural activities. Or develop leadership skills on a 3-week Leadership & Service in Youth Development program. Enjoy incredible food, natural wonders and historically important sites dating back to the Maya civilization.

Program Reviews

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  • Growth 4.5
  • Support 5
  • Fun 5
  • Housing 5
  • Safety 4.75
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Yes, I recommend this program

First Time In Mexico!

Participating in CIEE HS Abroad was my first time ever out of the country, on an airplane, and traveling alone. I put 100% of my trust into a program had I just learned about and I have no regrets or complaints. Everything about the program from applying, to the online course, the unexpected yet expected emails, and to finally the trip itself plus all of the preparation leading up to it. It will always be a trip I will always vividly remember because of the staff, the program itself, and the unforgettable eyeopening and learning experience it gave me. I'll always reminisce the short three weeks and will always be grateful for the experience!

What would you improve about this program?
Possibly interacting with exclusively our groups before the trip.
78 people found this review helpful.
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New Experiences

When I first signed up for this program, I was nervous about it because I had never traveled out of the country by myself, and I had never been away from home for a month. Taking the leap to fly to Mexico with a group of other teens from around the states was the best choice that I have ever made, and I have no regrets. I grew so close to the other students that traveled with me, and I advanced my Spanish more than I could have in any class in the states. My host family took me in like I was part of their own, and I even grew close with my friend's host family. After doing this program I feel like I have a wider, clearer view of the world as a whole, and I am inspired to try more new things and travel at every chance that I get. The main tip that I could give to anyone considering doing this program is: take the leap, you will not regret it.

What would you improve about this program?
More games.
75 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program


In every aspect, my life was enriched due to this program and trip. I gained a better understanding of a language that is in my DNA, met life-long friends, and experienced true independence and responsibility. The classes were beneficial, from in classroom to real world experience, and the excursions were amazing. A program I would, and do recommend to my fellow classmates. The trips couldn't have been any longer because each excursion was so fun. I also appreciated the first day aid and awareness over potential homesickness to come in the trip. They ensured that we knew what to do in instances such as that.

What would you improve about this program?
It could try harder to put students in the programs they listed they were interested in.
79 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

My Guanajuato Experience

My experience traveling to Guanajuato, Mexico with CIEE was truly extraordinary- so much so that I convinced many of my friends to travel with CIEE and they all had incredible experiences as well. I still regularly speak with my host family, who are some of the most amazing people I have met in my life. Last summer, 2 years after my month in Guanajuato, one of my friends I met there came and stayed at my house for week (just to give you an understanding of the friendships made on the trip). I always felt completely safe, the teachers, program leaders, and families are inexplicably kind and welcoming and make a seemingly scary experience so worthwhile. At the age of 16 I was able to say I’d traveled to the ancient pyramids of Teotihuacan, walked around the home of Frida Kahlo, and practiced my Spanish with average citizens on the streets of beautiful Guanajuato. I cannot emphasize enough how incredible this experience was, both in improving my Spanish and my character overall. I strongly, strongly recommend this program to everyone!

What would you improve about this program?
My only complaint was that I didn’t get to stay there longer! But I could have chosen a different time frame had I known how incredible the experience would be. Another small suggestion would be to work out some of the kinks with the cell phones we are given because mine never worked.
77 people found this review helpful.
Response from CIEE Global Navigator

Hi Samantha, thank you for your review. We’re so glad that you enjoyed your summer program with us! Your feedback is very important and helps us improve our students’ experiences abroad. We’re sorry to hear you had technical issues with your phone. We encourage anyone experiencing technical difficulties to let the staff know so that it can be addressed as quickly as possible.

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