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DEC 6 - DEC 15 2019


















For Winter and Spring Break Sessions, we require only a letter of interest and a non-official copy of the student transcript, along with a photo and proof of insurance.

No Letters of Recommendation are required.

$500.00USD deposit due within one week of acceptance.





The Isla Mujeres Ethnographic Field School Methods Practicum Intensive Immersion Course focuses on cultural immersion on the island.


Students will attend daily lectures that focus on various salient issues, such as medical anthropology, economy, language and environment -- as well as the history of the island and how rapid changes in past decades have impacted the island on multiple levels.


This course offers intensive training on several key ethnographic methods. Students will be required to attend daily lectures and complete a series of practical exercises using the methods they learn about. This course will be a more generalized focus on methods, cultural process, meaning, symbolism and cultural practice.  


Students will engage with local experts and stake-holders and become familiar with life on the island.  Students will also participate in a trip to visit the Maya historical sites of Chichen Itza and Ek Balam, with a visit to swim in an ancient sub-terrenean Cenote.

NOTE:   First Winter Session Students will enjoy the Island's Christmas Heritage, which is very rich with community and family activities happening almost daily. The first Sunday of the first session will be the Festejos de Guadalupe in the Colonias, which brings thousands of islanders together in celebration.

Lead Instructor:  Dr. Todd Pierce -- MINIMUM THREE STUDENTS




The Winter Intensive Methods Practicum is $1,150.00 USD which includes 9 nights of lodging and all aforementioned activities.  



The Tuition Deadline is November 22 2019.

Please Contact us at to arrange payment options.


Tuition costs include housing (single occupancy room - double occupancy is available upon request) at Hotel Ma' Elena located in Garrafon (southern end of the island) within walking distance of the colonias, or biking/golf cart/taxi distance of Av. Hidalgo nightlife and shopping, as well as world famous Playa Norte.  Each room includes TV, Wifi, AC, refrigerator, full shower, hot water and balcony overlooking the pool area and featuring 360 views of the Cancun skyline. If two participants wish to share a room, please contact us for adjusted costs.


Non 'classroom' activities will include island tours and cultural familiarization, and informal social events with locals, tourists, and immigrants. 


There will be many optional activities on the island such as cultural activities, swimming, yoga, snorkeling and scuba diving and fishing. 

Our Basic Housing for the Field School is at Hotel Maria Elena, and is included in student tuition costs.

Tuition does not include your transportation (flights, taxis and Ultramar ferry ride to the island) or food.

Please contact us at to arrange for payment options.









Spending Money




Student’s lodging (food is not included) is covered in the cost of tuition, but you will want to venture out to enjoy all that Isla Mujeres offers -- there are a lot of great restaurants and musical venues on the island.  When not doing field research, attending lectures or writing up field notes, we suspect you might want to enjoy the stunning beaches and energetic nightlife.



We suggest that you plan on having about $250 USD or more in spending money in reserve for the two-week Winter Research Design Symposium.


You will trade your home-country currency in for pesos when you arrive, or withdraw as pesos from an ATM..









Typical Dinner Out = ~ $10-20 US


Typical Lunch Out = ~ $7 US


Delicious Taco in The Colonias = ~ .80 US


Cup of Coffee in Centro = ~ $2 US


Golf Cart Rental for One Day = ~ $50 US


Moto Rental for One Day = ~ $30 US


Taxi to and from Airport = ~ $100 US (expect $65 coming to Isla, $30 going back)


Ultramar Ferry from Cancun = ~ $14 US Round Trip


Local Island Taxi = ~ Roughly $2 to $6 US


Coca Cola from a Tienda = ~ $1 US


Typical Beer = ~ $2 US at a bar


Custom Made Pinata = ~ $30 US

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