International Exchanges
(Pitzer Students Only)


Program Title Pitzer Exchange with the Autonomous University of the Yucatan
Location Merida, Mexico
Host Website
Eligibility Students must complete Spanish 44 or the equivalent prior to the program. All courses are taught in Spanish. Students in good standing at Pitzer College. Preference given to juniors and first semester seniors but sophomores are eligible if space is available.
Preparation At least one Latin American area studies course in literature or film, history, or political studies is required. Suggested additional general preparation options include: Comparative Politics; Intercultural Communications; Language Culture and Society; Introduction to International/ Intercultural Studies; Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology; Community Engagement Ethics
Application Pitzer College general application and the forms required by the university.
Program Dates Fall Semester: Late August to December
Spring Semester: Early January to mid May
Required Courses Participants are expected to take courses that include content on Mexican history, politics, literature or culture and the Pitzer Sakai course Intercultural Learning: Portfolio Writing.
Intensive Language Not offered. Students must be prepared to do all coursework in Spanish. Students are encouraged to study Mayan culture and language.
Independent Study See a Study Abroad Adviser. There are DISP possibilities in media, ecotourism, gender and sex trade.
Course Options The University offers broad curricular offerings in the social sciences with a link through the Department of Anthropology.

For course options, go to the main university page:, select CAMPUS POR ÁREA to the left, then choose one of the departments (facultades) listed. You will then select the department’s website. From the department’s site, look for a link to licenciaturas (majors), which could be listed under programa educativa. After clicking on licenciaturas, look for a link to plan de estudio, asignaturasmapa curricular or temarios. These are the lists of classes offered in that particular major. In some licenciaturas, you can click on the course title to see a course description or syllabus.
Credit Possible Normally, a course load of 15 to16 units is = 4 Pitzer courses. Pitzer students are expected to take 4 courses at UADY to receive the equivalent of 4 Pitzer course credits. In addition, students will earn 0.5 Pitzer course credits for the Sakai course. See above under Required Courses.
Housing Options Students live with and take all meals with host families.
Advising Notes Professor Jesse Lerner is a special adviser to the academic program.