We're more than pleased to welcome you in "La ciudad Blanca" , Merida, Yucatan. The largest city in the Mexico Southeast, full of culture, traditions, colors, innovation, gastronomy and kindly people. With the best hospital in the region to get a whole educational growth. Come to Mérida is an experience you will never forget!
Merida is the capital and largest city of Yucatan, founded in 1542 on the ruins of the Mayan city of T'Hó and uninhabited when the European conquerors settled in the Yucatan Peninsula. Founded by Francisco de Montejo "El Mozo", who called this way because the amazing Mayan temples and shrines were reminiscent of the Spanish buildings of masonry, raised Roman style in the other Merida, in Spain. Combining Yucatán Mayan and Spanish culture in an unprecedented fusion, Archaeological sites like Chichen Itza or Ek Balam, and picturesque villages hidden luxury estates are some of the points that encourage taking the bags.
In 2010 the city had a population of 777,615 inhabitants and its metropolitan area 957,883 inhabitants, which made it the largest population center in southeastern Mexico. Merida is the hub of the metropolitan area in which there are five towns of Yucatán. The city center was reserved for the Plaza Mayor, is now known as “Plaza Grande”. Merida is considered one of the leading digital cities in Latin America withoutstanding quality service. In 2000 the city was named the American Capital of Culture by virtue of theirvocation and who has given considerable impetus to cultural activities. On January 6, 2011, Merida was chosen as “City of Peace”.
In Mexico Health care is provided by either public or private institutions.
Private health care is available to those who can afford it, and is provided by private institutions. Public health care, on the other hand, is provided to all Mexican citizens as guaranteed via Article 4 of the Constitution.
Public care is either fully or partially subsidized by the federal government, depending on the person's employment status. Employed citizens and their dependents, however, are further eligible to use the health care program administered and operated by the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS) (English: Mexican Social Security Instituto.
The IMSS is a tripartite system funded equally by private employees, private employers, and the federal government. Public sector employees are serviced by the Instituto de Seguridad y Servicios Sociales de los Trabajadores del Estado (ISSSTE) (English: Institute for Social Security and Services for State Workers), which attends to the health and social care needs of government employees, this last two ones give free medicine to the people. Recently some changes on the Mexican Constitution given the right to the free health care to all the citizens, and this is warranted in a new Instution: Seguro Popular (popular Insurance) this institution gives free health care to low-income citizens. In summary most of the Mexican people get medical attention via public care this is why you will learn a lot since all of the student’s practices are performed there.
We have two projects in the field of infectology including one GAP project (the only one in Mexico)
Urban house environment as a source of vector-borne diseases in merida, Mexico
Insecticide resistance in populations of the southern house mosquito Culexquinquefasciatus (Say, 1823) from Yucatan, Mexico
For more information, check the SCORE national EC and the project database.
The hospital will give you at least 2 meals (breakfast & lunch).
We invite you to try one of the many good traditional restaurants in town.
The accommodation is in student houses, with a Mexican family, most are near the hospital and with easy transportation. Sometimes we also have available a house only to exchanges, where you can socialize with students from other cultures.
Merida has a International Airport Manuel Crescencio Rejon. It has commercial flights to many cities in Mexico, as well as international destinations such as Miami, Houston, Habana. Move over one million passengers annually and is administered by the Airports Company of South East (ASUR).
Public transport is provided by terrestrial local bus companies to virtually every corner of the sprawling city of Merida, state and mainland territory. Similarly, the Yucatan Peninsula with Merida it is served by several transportation companies that the link road conveniently with the rest of the country. You can visit any beach close to Mérida, like Cancun o Playa del Carmen just at few hours of distance.
There are at inner city taxi efficient service provided by various private companies, which operates the system of "ruleteo" (rolling over) in the streets and "places" where it needs to communicate to hire the service.
Remember only accept students in calender months.
DONT ACCEPT PRECLINICAL EXCHANGE