The application deadline for the 8 Week Advanced Methods Session  (May 30 - July 26) is April 30 2020 

Full Tuition Cost $5,100 USD. Private Room -- Full Tuition Cost $4,680 USD Shared Double Room

Tuition Paid in Full is Due April 30 2020 -- Early Bird Discount (-$500) if Paid in Full by March 30 2020




The application deadline for 3 Week Practicum Ethnographic Methods (June 6 to June 27) is May 6 2020

Full Tuition Cost $2,875 USD -- Tuition Paid in Full is Due May 6 2020 -- Early Bird Discount (-$250) if Paid in Full by April 6 2020


The application deadline for Winter 2018 Cultural Immersion Practicum Session  (December 6 - December 15) is November 22 2019

Full Tuition Cost $2,250 USD -- Tuition Paid in Full is Due November 22 2019 -- Early Bird Discount (-$250) if Paid in Full by October 6 2019




8 Week Advanced Methods Session is are $5,100 USD per student and include lodging, ethnographic methods training, PADI Open Water Dive Certification, Spanish Language familiarization and all Field School excursions including Whale Sharks.


3 Week Practicum Sessions are $2,875 USD per student and include lodging, ethnographic methods / medical anthropology training, Spanish Language familiarization and some Field School excursions including Whale Sharks.

10 Day Environmental Research Practicum Sessions are $2,250 USD per student and include lodging, anthropology research training and PADI Open Water Diver Certification.






If you apply and are accepted to join the Isla Mujeres Ethnographic Field School:


8 Week Session 1 Advanced Methods students -- Pay your tuition in full by April 1 and receive a $500 Discount


3 Week Practicum students -- Pay your tuition in full by April 1 and receive a $250 Tuition Discount


Cultural Immersion Practicum Session Students -- Pay your tuition in full by October 1 and receive a $250 Tuition Discount







Applications are first-come, first-serve. We will only accept 20 students per session.


If one or both of the sessions is filled, we will note that here when appropriate.


We advise that you apply as soon as you have decided that you want to attend an Isla Mujeres Ethnographic Field School Session to assure your reservation.


Please send us a personal letter that includes the following:


  • Full Name

  • Address

  • University - Professional Affiliation and Year

  • Age

  • Hometown

  • E-mail

  • Phone Number


In your letter, please describe your experience thus far as a student of Anthropology or other discipline. This should be one or two paragraphs. Tell us a bit about your interests in anthropology, social science research, the study of culture and environment -- or other interests you may have that you would like to pursue while at the Isla Mujeres Ethnographic Field School. Also include three reasons why you want to attend the field school; a paragraph per reason will suffice.


All application materials should be sent as one e-mail (the personal letter as the body of the e-mail -- and as an attachment transcripts, photo, resume and letter(s) of recommendation.


The subject line of your application should read 'Field School Application'.


Send your application to:


Once you send your application you will be notified via e-mail within one week indicating if you have been accepted or not.  Once you have been accepted, you will be given instructions regarding tuition payment.


Your $500 deposit is due within one week of acceptance.





Please attach a scanned copy of your University or College transcripts -- and at least one letter of recommendation from a faculty member in the department of anthropology (if you are not an anthropology student, then a letter from a faculty member in your department will suffice).


Also attach one recent picture of yourself.


If you do not have a GPA of at least 2.5 then we will require two letters of recommendation from two of your current faculty instructors.






All Field School participants must provide their own health insurance.


Documentation of coverage is required before attending the Isla Mujeres Ethnographic Field School.


This student travel protection resource might prove helpful. 






  • Passport Scan

  • Personal Letter to Dr. Pierce

  • Transcripts

  • Letter of Recommendation

  • Resume or CV

  • Proof of Insurance

  • Recent Color Photo






Please contact to discuss payment method options.


Partial Refunds may only be offered in the case of personal medical emergency or catastrophic injury as documented by a local physician or hospital.

Partial Refunds are offered solely at the discretion of Program Director Dr. Todd Pierce.

Family members and friends are not welcome to stay at Hotel Maria Elena student lodging during the course.

The Field School is an independent learning exercise and it is suggested visitors travel to the island after the student's academic course is fully complete.

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