Life Abroad

Host City

Yucatán, the Mexican state, is known for its Gulf of Mexico beaches and Mayan ruins. Mérida is not only the capital, but also the largest city of the Yucatán Peninsula. A cultural hub, Mérida, has heavy Mayan, Spanish, French, British and some Dutch influences throughout the city. Mérida also has the highest percentage of indigenous persons of any large city in Mexico with about 60% of all its inhabitants being of the Mayan ethnicity.


Housing and Meals


Accommodations are subject to change.



A comprehensive orientation will be provided both on the UC Berkeley campus as well as on-site. Orientation will cover various topics, including academics, local culture, health and safety, transportation, and more.


Travel Resources

U.S. Department of State Country Information 
CDC Health Information for Travelers 
Lonely Planet 
Mexico Travel