Study in Mexico
This exchange program gives students the opportunity to spend the fall semester in the southwest of the Yucatán peninsula, in Campeche, Mexico. Located at the Universidad Autónoma de Campeche, it’s administered by the university's Centro de Español y Maya.
Founded in 1540 by Spanish conquistadores, the city of Campeche sits on top of a pre-existing Mayan city, of which little now remains. With its old colonial Spanish city walls and fortifications, the city of 230,000 people has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cities of Halifax and Campeche twinned in the spring of 1998, and since then there have been several educational, political and commercial exchanges.
While in Campeche, students take three classes that qualify as three full transfer credits: Gramática Intensiva, Vocabulario Intensivo, and Historia Mexicana. Classes are concentrated in four days per week, allowing three-day weekends to visit superb Mayan ruins nearby, as well as Guatemala, Belize, Chiapas and Oaxaca.
For a fuller educational experience, it's recommended that students board with approved Mexican families.