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Starting date is for the Mexico Global Health and Mexico Vulnerable & Disadvantaged program is expected to be Monday, June 21, 2021 and will run for 6 weeks. Students may want to arrive in Merida on the day before.


Housing will be in a hostel. The cost for the housing will be included in the program fee. Daily breakfast and lunch are provided by the hostel.


Students in the program Summer Term are required to take a minimum of 6 credits from this list of courses: IAS 399 (3 or 6 credits), IAS 397 (3 credits), HLTH 403 (3 credits), or HLTH 492 (3 credits).


Students may be interested in investigating the local culture by taking IAS 380 Cultural Proofs for 1–3 credit hours. This self-guided course allows students to do independent intercultural research, interview locals, and experience local culture.


This cost includes LDS undergraduate tuition for six credits spring or summer session, international health insurance, emergency fee, and program oversight. Students will also pay a program fee of $930 directly to our local partner in Merida for a placement of six weeks which includes housing, airport pickup, internship placement, and on-site support. This program fee also includes breakfast and lunch during your placement. In addition to the program fee, a $100 reservation fee is also to be paid to the local partner in Mexico. Student will have to make program fee and reservation fee payments by bank transfer to Mexico. Does not include international airfare, passport, visa(s), transportation to local NGOs or organizations, personal expenses, airport dropoff, and costs associated with a police background check.


Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare to and from the program. Airfare reservations must be made through BYU Travel. Students should contact a BYU Travel agent at:
BYU Travel | 801-422-6293 | | 280 HRCB


At least an intermediate level of Spanish is required. However, students not speaking Spanish at this level may be accepted one the condition that there are adequate numbers of students in the BYU group available to act as translators and interpreters for the rest of the group. Students from all majors are welcome. An international preparation course (IAS 369R, 1 credit hour) is required to be taken winter semester. Once accepted into the BYU program, students will submit resumes to our Merida partners for internship placements.


Regular BYU tuition scholarships, Pell Grants, and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to study abroad programs. Academic departments and colleges may assist with scholarships and grants. Private grants and scholarships outside of BYU may also assist (see


Students must be adults 18 years-of-age or older. Priority Deadline: 1 December 2020. Applications will remain open until program is filled. If spots remain open, the final deadline is anticipated to be 1 February 2021. Complete the online application at (select the application for MEXICO GLOBAL HEALTH). The application requires a $35 fee. Applicants will be interviewed once the application is complete. Students will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance into the program. After acceptance by BYU, students will also complete additional forms provided by our local partner in Mexico and their specific pre-departure requirements. A police background check is required after acceptance. The first payment is due upon acceptance. Please refer to the 2021 Payment Information document (see

Priority Deadline: 1 December 2020


Randy M Page, Director of the Global Health Internship Program and Professor of Public Health is the faculty director for the program. Tana Page, Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Public Health, will be the Assistant Director.


Students will be in the program site for 6 weeks. Students will be required to complete academic assignments prior to this time and upon returning home from the program.


International Study Programs
101 HRCB

Randy M Page
2030 Life Science Building

Tana S. Page
2148 Life Science Building


International Study Programs (ISP) reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or make any adjustments to the preliminary cost. If it becomes necessary for ISP to cancel a program, all program payments made to BYU ISP will be refunded to the student’s BYU financial account. ISP is the only office authorized to cancel any of its programs.

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