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Study Abroad

Latin American Studies



Millsaps' Living In Yucatán program offers courses in archaeology, biology, business, education, environmental science, geology, history, literature, socio-cultural anthropology, and Spanish. Our courses make use of three college-operated facilities as well as the diverse cultural, historical, and environmental attractions of the Yucatán peninsular. In addition to regular summer- and winter-session classes, Millsaps offers a full semester-abroad Yucatán experience in alternate years. Courses rotate by year so check with Tanya Newkirk at the Office of International Education for current offerings.

Kaxil Kiuic

Millsaps College supports and operates a 4,500-acre tropical forest reserve in the heart of the Yucatán peninsula. The Helen Moyers Biocultural Reserve with its biological and archaeological resources serves as a nucleus for our Living In Yucatán Program and centers upon the Classic-Era Maya city of Kaxil Kiuic. The Reserve consists of an off-the-grid Research & Learning Center and is complemented by a laboratory and research facility in the nearby Maya town of Oxkutzcab. After taking formal classes that incorporate visits to Kaxil Kiuic, students may return to participate in the ongoing archaeological and natural science research at the Reserve on a directed-study basis.

For more on Kaxil Kiuic, watch a short video or a 30-minute documentary, and contact Dr. George Bey if you have any questions.

Casa Millsaps, Mérida

Millsaps' Else School of Management operates the Center for Business and Culture, better known as Casa Millsaps, a boutique-hotel style facility in the colonial city of Mérida. Summer and winter classes are offered in such topics as Global Business, International Law, and Continuing Legal Education, and they combine formal classroom instruction and experiential learning opportunities.

Check out the Casa Millsaps website, and contact Harvey Fiser with any questions.

Semester Abroad

As of spring 2011, students are able to use their regular tuition, room, and board to live and study for the entire semester in Yucatán. The program cost is the same as one semester on campus, plus the cost of a typical Millsaps study-abroad course. The cost covers four content courses, plus a two-hour Spanish language course, as well as room and board at all three of the College's Yucatán facilities: in the city of Merida, in the town of Oxkutzcab, and at Kaxil Kiuic. It also covers four major field excursions - including trips to the Caribbean, Campeche, and Chiapas - and a number of day trips. The semester features instructors from both the humanities and the sciences, and it incorporates an extended spring break for personal travel (cost not included). The program is open to 12 students: at least nine from Millsaps and up to three from other schools in the ACS consortium.

For more information, contact Dr. Eric Griffin.


Millsaps offers a variety of classes in Spanish each summer at the Costa Rica Spanish Institute (COSI). An outstanding academic institution, COSI is located in San José, the capital of one of the most stable and progressive countries in Latin America. Besides courses taught in Spanish by Millsaps and COSI professors, the program includes a good balance of cultural activities, educational tours, and recreational travel. Students have excellent opportunities to make new friends and experience Hispanic culture firsthand by staying with middle-class Costa Rican families. We invite you to take advantage of this exceptional chance to enjoy living the language as well as learning it. Students wishing to take courses towards the Millsaps B.A. language requirement must consult with the Director on prerequisites and placement. A service learning option is also available.

For more information, see here, or contact Dr. Bob Kahn.


Each summer, Millsaps offers classes in the Galápagos Islands, a Pacific Ocean archipelago of volcanic islands, 500 miles off the coast of tropical Ecuador. See the unique fauna of the Galápagos, including giant tortoises, penguins, iguanas, fur seals, and flightless cormorants. Watch blue-footed boobies and look for red-billed tropic birds, storm petrels, and flamingos. Learn about conservation initiatives and research programs at the Charles Darwin Research Station. Snorkel with sea lions and other marine species. Visit lava fields, crater lakes, and other volcanic features. On the mainland of Ecuador, visit Quito, the world's first city designated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, which recognized it as having "the best preserved, least altered historic centre in Latin America." Classes are offered in Ecological Conservation and Field Biology, which both count for Latin American Studies credit.

For more information contact: Dr. Debora Mann or Dr. Markus Tellkamp.


Each year Millsaps students majoring in Latin American Studies or Spanish travel to such Latin American countries as Argentina, Brazil, and Peru for semester-abroad experiences, arranged via third-party organizations. For information about the options available, contact Tanya Newkirk at the Office of International Education.