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Study Abroad Orientation & Excursion in Mexico


Previous excursions included, but were not limited to:

Arrival and orientation

  • Airport pick-up for suggested flight travelers
  • 10-day on-site orientation for semester/year students
    (Includes transportation, accommodation, activities and most meals)
  • Welcome meal
  • Introduction to Mexican culture
  • Discussion of academic differences and expectations
  • IFSA-Butler staff walk students through everything from how to succeed academically to living with a host family to integrating socially in the host university
  • Housing with host family during orientation
  • Welcome reception with lecturers and local students

Cultural events

  • City bus tour
  • Mérida en Domingo
  • Visit to Playa de Progreso
  • Light and sound show at Mayan Museum
  • Visit to local archaeological museum
  • Yucatecan cuisine cooking classes

Field Excursions

  • Spring and Fall: Multi-day excursions to Mexico City and San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas as part of the Spanish course and Exploring Community and Culture seminar
  • One-day field excursion to the Ek-Balam archaological site
    • See one of the best preserved Mayan grand scale masks
    • Swim in a cenote.
    • Visit the colonial city of Valladolid
  • One-day field excursion to the Uxmal archaological site
    • The site is part of the Puuc Route and gets its name from the architectural style applied to the intricate and wonderful details found on every stone.
    • Uxmal was possibly the height of the Mayan architecture
  • Three days of community service in a nearby Mayan village
    • Live with a Mayan family for the four days
    • Activities may include repairing schools, cleaning a cenote and maintaining the local community center and botanical garden
    • Help your host family with household chores

Other activities

  • T-shirt
  • Group picture at the end of program
  • Farewell meal
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