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  • Locations: Merida, Mexico
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2018 11/30/2017
Rolling Admission 03/09/2018 03/18/2018

** 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
Credit Offered: UC Credit Registration Term: Spring
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Language Courses Offered: Yes
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Language Prerequisite: No
Housing Options: Host Family, Hotel Program Lead Faculty: Jeffrey Rubel
Program Advisor: Thomas Shannon
Program Description:

Program Overview

RuinsVisit the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico including Merida, Valladolid, Izamal & Campeche. Learn the history, culture & language of Mexico. The State of Yucatan is the heart of the Mayan culture considered by many to be one of the most beautiful in all of Mexico. It is the central region of the Maya culture. This 10 day trip includes visits to Maya ruins, villages and Cenotes (underground lakes). The trip is based in the colonial city of Merida founded in 1542. The Yucatan trip is designed to give you an intimate look at Mexico and the Mayan World. The journey begins in Merida, the capital of Yucatan. Next, we travel to Valladolid and journey to Mayan ruins and underground lakes. From Valladolid we will travel to the magical yellow city of Izamal. During the trip we will visit workshops of local artisans, view the colonial architecture and explore the court system and museums. The journey ends with a trip to the mystical beach city of Campeche.

“This program has been reviewed and approved by the International Travel Oversight Committee (ITOC).”

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"The Yucatán Peninsula in southeastern Mexico, separates the Caribbean Sea from the Gulf of Mexico...Yucatán has approximately 2,600 fresh water pools called cenotes, which the indigenous natives used for drinking water and sacrificial offerings. Today, the pools are popular tourist attractions." The city of Merida is a modern city yet has preserved the ancient quality of its century old mansions and historic center. In 2000, it was declared a world cultural landmark.  

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Who Can Participate?

  • Freshmen
  • Sophomores
  • Juniors
  • Seniors
  • Graduate Students

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Academic Program and Course Information

GroupThis is a 3 credit study abroad course with International/Education Abroad designation (all or part of the instruction and experience is undertaken outside of the United States). The course consists of intensive language classes specific to each participant's level of ability, culture lectures and full cultural immersion with a home-stay. No previous Language knowledge is required as the classes will be tailored to individual needs. The study abroad portion will last for approximately 9-10 day in the Mexico and will include meetings with various representatives from the judicial branch of government as well as other agencies.

The course will allow students the opportunity to truly engage in the culture of living in a foreign country as well as experience the intricacies of Mexico's Legal System. The home-stay gives a perspective that cannot be duplicated with classroom instruction. The course contains a breath of knowledge designation of both diversity and culture ("DC") and social science ("SS"). 

All students in this program are required to enroll in PARA2031-001, Study Abroad: Culture and Legal System of the World for 3 credit hours during the spring term.

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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Jeffery S. Rubel
Jeff Rubel received his Masters of Public Administration and Doctorate of Law from the University of Arkansas. He is a Professor of Legal Studies at the University of Cincinnati Clermont. Jeff has a true love for the Latin American culture and has traveled extensively throughout Mexico and Central America. He lead his first Study Abroad Class to Mexico in 2009. Jeff and his family moved to Queretaro, Mexico in 2007 for a semester while he taught at the Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey, Graduate School of Business, Queretaro, Mexico. He will be taking a seventh group of student to Mexico in March 2018.

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Living Arrangements

Two night in a 4 Star Hotel (2 students to a room) and 6-7 night in a homestay.

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Getting There

All transport arrangements will be scheduled by the program leader. We will depart from and return to either Cincinnati or Dayton airport. It is the students responsibility to arrange transport to and from the airport. We will arrange car pools to the airport.

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Program Costs

2018 Program Cost:  $2,180

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
  • Professional translator and private guides
  • Discussions with Guest Lecturers
Not Included in Program Cost:
  • Tuition – (at your standard tuition rate)
  • Passport application/renewal fees (~$165)
  • Recommended/required immunization/vaccination fees (~$)
  • Some meals (~$)
  • Personal spending/souvenirs (~$)
This program has been awarded an $200 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

While UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad, traveling UC faculty, students and staff are the individuals making decisions overseas and therefore play a key role in 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, a company that provides medical and security advice. UC's member ID 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 through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency.

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

Jeffery S. Rubel
Business, Law & Technology Department
Clermont College

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This program is currently not accepting applications.