International Exchanges – Mexico

Open to Pitzer students only. Program options subject to change.

Program Title: Pitzer Exchange with the Autonomous University of the Yucatan

mexico-meridaLocation: Merida, Mexico

Host Website

Students must be in good standing at Pitzer College and have a 2.0 or higher GPA on a 4.0 scale. Preference is given to juniors and first semester seniors but sophomores are eligible if space is available. Completion of Spanish 33 or a demonstrated equivalency is required for university classes taught in Spanish.

At least one Latin American area studies course in literature or film, history, or political studies is strongly recommended. 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

Students must first apply through Pitzer’s Office of Study Abroad and International Programs. If accepted by Pitzer, students will then be asked to complete the Autonomous University of the Yucatan application.

Program Dates
Fall Semester: Late August to December
Spring Semester: Early January to mid-May

Required Courses
Students are required to take a full course load at the University including at least one course with content on Mexican history, politics, literature or culture, and the Pitzer course MLLC110 Intercultural Learning: Portfolio Writing via Sakai.

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
Pitzer students are expected to take four courses for a total of 15 to 16 units at UADY to receive the equivalent of four Pitzer course credits. In addition, students will earn 0.5 Pitzer course credits for the writing course via Sakai. (See above under Required Courses.)

Housing and Board Options
Students live with and take all meals with host families.

Additional Notes
Professor Jesse Lerner is a special adviser to the academic program.