Quick Info

  • Mexico
  • Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Engineering, Bioengineering, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • : May 2, 2017 - May 15, 2017
  • : $3,900 In-State | $4,100 Out-of-State
  • : Extended on a rolling basis through Friday, Feb. 3
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


This 3-credit course typically fufills a technical elective credit pending your academic advisor’s approval. The course covers the ancient building techniques of the cities of the Mayan Empire in pre-colonial Latin America. Those studying Civil and Environmental Engineering might be most inclined to apply for this program. However, students from other disciplines with an interest in the subject are welcome to apply.

There is a community service project component to this program.  The project varies from year to year, but is primarily designed to meet a pressing need in the local community.

ENGR 1256- 2017 syllabus can be found here.

Coursework may count towards UCIS CLAS certificate.  

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Dr. Luis Vallejo earned his PhD in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. He is currently a professor at the University of Pittsburgh and is the coordinator of the geotechnical engineering group in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His research interests lie in the area of shear strength of stuff and soft clays, the mechanics of crack propagation and interactions forming part of earth dams, clay liners and natural slopes, permeability of clays with isolated fissures, and the mobilization mechanics of mud and debris flows.





You will live in homestays with local families in Merida. Typically two to three Pitt students will stay with one family. 

Host families will provide most meals to students, as well as transportation to and from official program events. The homestay model is ideal for you to be immersed in the local Mexican culture.  Past students have said this portion of their experience was most rewarding. As most host families will not speak fluent English, it is helpful to learn some basic Spanish prior to participation in the program.

Pricing And Dates


In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$3,900 $4,100
Arrive in Merida Depart Merida
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 Monday, May 15, 2017

Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our budgeting page for more information. 

Questions about scholarships? Check out our scholarship page and note that SSoE has a scholarship specifically for Pitt engineering students.

Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your program fee, the follow are included:

  • Tuition for three credits (you will receive a Pitt letter grade upon completion of the program requirements)
  • All accommodations
  • Daily breakfast and most additional meals
  • Local transportation, site visits, and on-site orientation 
  • Mandatory health and accident insurance 

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($300.00)
  • Estimated airfare $800-$900
  • Estimated budget for personal expenses: $500

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Dr. Diane Hardy Saran

Buna! That’s hello in Romanian. 
After returning from being a Peace Corp volunteer in Transylvania- I decided to work in the field of international education helping international students.  Life took me back to Buffalo, NY (where I grew up- land of chicken wings)- and I worked for SUNY Buffalo for many years assisting international students and scholars.  In 2010, I moved to the ‘Burgh- and am now assisting engineering students to study abroad. 
For fun I enjoy volunteering with my therapy dog Nora, yoga and fitness, international films, crocheting, and travel (of course).

Come talk with me about studying abroad! 

dmhardy@pitt.edu |  412-624-9823 | 152 Benedum Hall

@SSoEIntPrograms     |    www.facebook.com/SSOEIntProg


Walk-In Advising Hours:
Dr. Kristine Lalley

Bonjour! I became the Swanson School’s first Director of International Initiatives in August 2007. In this role I have collaborated with Swanson School faculty members to create international education opportunities for engineering students- including studying abroad, international internships and service learning projects along with other research opportunities abroad. I have also conducted research on learning processes in the context of international education. I studied in Paris, France during my junior year and continue to love visiting countries around the world whenever possible, learning as much as I can about other cultures. I enjoy supporting engineering students and seeing them change from their experiences abroad. 

Come talk with me about studying abroad!

Krl33@pitt.edu |  412-624-3489 | 152 Benedum Hall

@SSoEIntPrograms   |    www.facebook.com/SSOEIntProg

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