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  • Locations: Yucatan, Mexico
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break 2017 11/15/2017
Rolling Admission 12/09/2017 12/17/2017

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Graduate, Undergraduate Academic Theme: Language, Culture, and Humanities, Social Sciences
Credit Offered: UC Credit Registration Term: Fall
Language Courses Offered: No Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Hotel
Program Lead Faculty: Robert South Program Advisor: Cory Smith
Program Description:
This program has been reviewed and approved by the International Travel Oversight Committee (ITOC)

Program Overviewyucatan_mexico

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.


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Yucatan, is a state in the north western part of the Yucatán Peninsula, with its coastline facing the Gulf of Mexico. To the east is the state of Quintana Roo, home of Cancun and Cozumel; Campeche is to the south. Yucatan is a place to explore the Maya culture, enjoy beautiful sandy beaches, underground rivers and cenotes, ancient Maya archaeological sites, or the flavor of a Yucatecan meal. Most people speak Maya and Spanish; English and German are also commonly spoken. Chichen Itza is home to the Yucatan's largest and most famous ancient Maya ruins and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Ek Balam and Uxmal contain sites of impressive Maya ruins, namely: Kabah, Lanah and Sayil.

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Who Can Participate?

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

  • Freshmen
  • Sophomores
  • Juniors
  • Seniors
  • Graduate Students

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Academic Program and Course Information

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

Geog. Freshmen Seminar 1073 Section 001 (3 Credits)
Geog. Capstone 5000 Section 001 (1 - 5 Credits)
Geog. International Field Trips 6050 Section 001 (1-5 Credits)
Geog. International Field Trips 5150 Section 001 (1-5 Credits)

Tuition and fees are assessed based on total enrolled hours for a term. This includes the hours associated with the study abroad class. Students who enroll for more than 18 hours for the term will be assessed additional per credit hour fees over and above the flat fees associated with being enrolled full-time (for most students full-time is 12-18 hours).
Co-op students selected to participate in this program are required to enroll in the course during the designated term, regardless of when the student may be on co-op.  If the course is during a term when the student is on co-op, tuition and fees will be charged per a student’s residency status and college, based on the part-time per credit hour rate.
A student can see his/her full and part time tuition rates and college fees here (use left-side navigation menu to click into the relevant academic year):

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Dr. Robert South attended Indiana University as an undergraduate and graduate student (B.A. Geology, M.A. Geography), and the University of Maryland (Ph.D. Geography). His research interests include economic geography, regional economic development, Colonial networks, and location problems-industrial location. Dr. South has a long-standing interest in Latin America. As an undergraduate he attended the University of Mexico (UNAM), was a Fulbright scholar (Mexico), conducted field work and research in Bolivia, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer (Chile). He was also a visiting scientist at Argonne National Laboratory conducting research on socio-economic environmental impacts of industrial location. He has published numerous articles on themes of economic geography focusing on Latin America, and has been a consultant to several U.S. companies on industrial location decisions.  His current research interest is focused on U.S. manufacturing closure (Mexico), and the repatriation of manufacturing (U.S.).

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Living Arrangements


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Getting There

Group travel via American Airlines, Departing Dec. 9—Merida, Yucatan; returning Dec. 17th, Cancun.

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Program Costs

TBA, please contact faculty leader for more information

2017 Program Cost:  $1990

Included in Program Cost:
  • Housing / accommodations
  • International airfare
  • Some meals (All breakfasts included)
  • In-country transportation for program-planned activities
  • Cultural excursions/entrance fees
  • International emergency and evacuation insurance
Not Included in Program Cost:
  • Tuition – (at your standard tuition rate)
  • Passport application/renewal fees (~$165)
  • Recommended/required immunization/vaccination fees (~$)
  • Some meals (~$)
  • Personal spending/souvenirs (~$)
  • Visa application/processing fees (~$)
  • ISIC Card ($25)
This program has been awarded a $400 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only).  UC International scholarship requires a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Note that both program charges and UC International scholarship will be posted separately on a student’s OneStop bill on the semester in which the course for the study abroad experience is given.  Program charges are posted shortly after students commit to the program through the online application process.  Scholarships are posted after all students 1) register for the course connected to the study abroad experience, and 2) complete all study abroad online paperwork.

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UC Financial Aid and Scholarships

For full details on using your financial aid to help pay for your study abroad experience, you should contact UC Financial Aid.

UC International awarded over $800,000 in student scholarships last year. Please refer to the UC International webpage for more information.

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Passports and Visas

A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad, it's best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see for more information.

In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is via the US Department of State’s webpage at:

UC International is happy to guide UC faculty, staff and students to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual UC traveler. Entry requirements change frequently, and we advise you to pay close attention to consular updates. It is your responsibility to know and address the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

Applying for a visa can be a complicated process. Some UC travelers choose a third party to assist with this process, for example Travisa or A Briggs (mention UC for a possible discount).

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Health and Safety Abroad

UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. The US Department of State, Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and International SOS are excellent resources for country specific information.

UC partners with International SOS medical and security advice. UC code is 11BCAS000010

UC students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in the following ways:
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad

UC faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in case of an emergency abroad.

All UC students participating in a University of Cincinnati sanctioned or funded international travel program are required to purchase and maintain insurance while abroad. UC International partners with CISI to provide insurance for UC students.

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Contacts for More Information

Dr. Robert South
Assoc Professor
Tel: (513)556-3427

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This program is currently not accepting applications.