CIEE January in Yucatan

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Immerse yourself in the Yucatán Peninsula’s magnificent biodiversity and Latin America’s largest indigenous culture. January in Yucatán is the perfect place to begin your Spanish language proficiency and discover the ancient Mayan culture. Your home base is Mérida - a pretty city filled with brightly colored buildings and clean, tree-lined streets. Its Spanish colonial architecture and world-renowned Mayan landmarks are a draw for visitors from around the world.

Mérida is the capital of the Yucátan state and the largest city on the Yucátan Peninsula with a population just under 900,000 people. It is known for its Mayan ruins, art, and architecture and has the largest intact indigenous population (60%) of any city reflected in its regional foods and music.

  • LIVE with a host family, committed to making your stay unforgettable.
  • LEARN in a program that combines academics with cultural activities for a dramatic beginning to your Spanish language skills.
  • EXPLORE the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya: a new world class museum covering the Yucatán from its geological origins to the present.
  • Explore Merida´s magnificent Botanical Garden.
  • Explore Chichén Itzá and nearby Cenote Sagrado where humans were sacrificed to the rain god Chaac.

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9.33 Rating
based on 3 reviews
  • Academics 7.3
  • Support 8.3
  • Fun 9.7
  • Housing 10
  • Safety 10
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Yes, I recommend this program


I had a great time! The on-site staff was very friendly and available. I did find however, that the off-site staff for CIEE was not very responsive or helpful and often did not supply us (as in students and host families) with reliable information. There needs to be serious improvement of organization. If you like pre-scheduled groups trips, this would be the program for you. We had at least one planned activity a week, so that was nice. Also, though they don't technically include lunch within the program cost, the food in Merida was amazing and very cheap.

What would you improve about this program?
Communication to students and host families was very poor.
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January in Yucatán

I really enjoyed my time in Mexico with CIEE. The program provided a lot of support and allowed me to improve my Spanish while also providing opportunities to explore the city and go to cultural events. The city is in a great location and allowed me to travel some as well. CIEE’s class allowed me to learn more about local, colloquial Spanish sayings. I would highly recommend this program for anyone who was looking to improve their Spanish and learn more about the culture that they were studying in.

What would you improve about this program?
I would want the program to offer a higher level of Spanish.
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January in Merida

Ciee Yucatan is based in Merida which is an incredible city. There are cultural events in the centro every weekend and during the week there are so many museums and things to see in the city. I constantly felt like I had something to do. I also felt completely safe in the city and would love to go back. It is in close proximity to many Mayan Ruins and there is an awesome beach named Progreso forty minutes from the city. I loved my experience and am so thankful to ciee for such a great experience. The staff was incredible at Yucatan and my host family was amazing. I can’t wait to go back!

What would you improve about this program?
A Spanish advanced class would be awesome. With that being said, I learned a lot in the intermediate course offered.