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MEXICO: Legacies and Landscapes of Yucatan (Faculty-led) Fall '14

Legacies and Landscapes of Yucatan is a field trip designed to provide students with a diverse educational experience in a foreign setting and is open to any UC student. The field trip is structured to take students through “space and time,” or the “sequence occupance” of the Yucatan peninsula. Students will visit important pre-Colombian Maya sites, Uxmal, Chichen Itza, and Ek Balam (300-1200 AD). The Colonial period is explored with visits to Colonial cities-Merida (1545), and Izamal. The post-Colonial period is highlighted with a trip to a hacienda/ejido, and a henequen plant. Contemporary changes of the region are viewed with a visit to a U.S. maquiladora (manufacturing plant), and first hand experiences with the pros and cons of tourism in a government planned resort, the Mexican Riviera. Students will also have exposure to the physical geography of the region-visit a flamingo reserve, mangrove swamp, and swim in a karst cave. Students will have free time to explore the Maya-Hispanic culture of the region, shop in a periodic market, practice language skills, and swim/beach in the Gulf and Caribbean.

Can I participate in this program?

Students at the following levels are eligible to participate in this program:

  • Freshmen
  • Sophomores
  • Juniors
  • Seniors
  • Graduate Students

Where will I go?

  • Mexico (Yucatan)

When can I go?

Sat. Dec. 13th---Sun. Dec. 21, 2014

Students who participate in this program will be out of the country for less than 9 weeks.

Important Program Deadlines:

Application deadline: Nov. 14, 2014
Field Journal deadline: Mon. Feb. 3, 2015

Who is in charge of this program?

  • Robert South (
    Assoc Professor A&S Geography McMicken College of Arts and Sciences

Are any foreign colleges or universities involved?

This program is not associated with any foreign colleges or universities.

Is this program associated with my college or department?

This program is not associated with any particular UC college(s) or department(s).

Can I earn course credit by participating in this program?

Participants in this program can earn UC credit for the following UC course(s):

  • Geog. Freshmen Seminar 1073 (Fall Semester)
  • Geog. Capstone 5007 (Students can enroll Fall or Spring Semester)
  • Geog. International Field Trips 6050 (students can register Fall or Spring Semester; however the field trip is conducted during winter break, 2014)

What amenities are provided?

  • Housing / Accommodations

  • Meals

  • Transportation
    Students arrange own air reservations/schedule
    Ground transportation, group bus provided

How much will it cost to participate?

  • Tuition
    If students are registered for full-time status, this should be included in tuition for the semester

  • Room & Board
    $550 (hotel, dbl.)
    meal cost per day, estimated $35 per day

  • Airfare
    $646 estimated; Students should plan to fly into Merida, Yucatan, and depart from Cancun

  • Other Costs
    $635 (entrance fees, bus, guided archaeological fees)

  • Total Costs
    Students arrange and purchase airfare, est. $646; meals-student expense, est. $315; hotels, gd. transportation,guided field trips, entrance fees, $1190 =$2150 - minus $400 (UC International scholarship)=$1750.