Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico


Organized by Dr. Ximena Catepillan, Professor of Mathematics at Millersville University, and the Maya Exploration Center (MEC), this course is designed for college level students to learn about ancient Maya history, culture and mathematics. The MEC instructors for the course are top scholars in the field of Maya archeology (for more information about MEC, click on the following link: http://www.mayaexploration.org/about.php).

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Trip highlights include: visits to Cobá (location of the tallest pyramid on the Yucatan Peninsula) and other Mayan ruins, lectures at the "White Reading House" Temple and in Playa del Carmen, tours of Ek' Balam and El Castillo, a time temple in Chichen Itza. See below for a detailed itinerary. For a proposed course itinerary click here: http://www.mayaexploration.org/study_millersville_mar13.php.

Program Offerings

MATH 102 Mathematics in Non-European Cultures (G2, Diversity) - 3 credits (Prerequisite of MATH 090 or Math Placement Test for MATH 100 or 102 required)

This course will be taught in English by Millersville Professor Dr. Ximena Catepillan and archaeologist Dr. Michael Grofe of the Maya Exploration Center (MEC), a top scholar in the field of Maya archaeology.

Students should work with their academic advisor to ensure that these three credits are appropriately utilized for the student's major/minor requirements or to fulfill General Education requirements.


Costs: approximately $1,200 to participate in this course with a $200 deposit upon registration. Balance will be due 30 days before departure.

This cost includes:
  • Accommodations (pay $250 extra for single lodging)
  • Breakfasts and 2 lunches
  • Final Dinner
  • Ground transportation
  • Entrance fees
  • Guiding
  • Lectures and course resource packet

This cost does not include:

  • Millersville tuition and fees for 3 credits (For specific undergraduate costs click here)
  • Airfare to/from Cancun
  • International Student Identity Card (ISIC): $25 OR $80 (depending on insurance plan selected)
  • 2 lunches in Playa del Carmen and 1 in Valladolid
  • Dinners (except final dinner)
  • Passport* (How to Apply for a Passport)
  • Personal expenses (souvenirs and other daily expenses)

*If you do not have a passport, you must apply for one immediately.  Keep in mind that it takes 4-6 weeks to recieve a passport.


    Students will attend 6 face-to-face classes in January and February with Dr. Ximena Catepillian as well as meet for online classes. In addition to the meetings, students travel to Mexico March 16th-22nd.


    Students will be housed in hotels in both Playa del Carmen and Valladolid during their stay in Mexico. These costs are included in the program fee.

    Playa del Carmen: Hotel Hacienda Caribe
    Located one block from the beach in downtown Playa del Carmen
    Hotel services include AC, TV, phones, on-site restaurant and internet access
    For more information visit: www.haciendadelcaribe.com

    Chichen Itza: Villas Arqueologicas
    A former Club Med facility inside the ruins of Chichen Itza
    Hotel services include AC, phones, restuarant, pool, and internet access
    For more information visit: www.villasarqueologicas.com


    Students must have taken the Math Placement Test in order to be eligible to apply. Also, students will be evaluated by Dr. Ximena Catepillan for admission to the course.

    To Apply

    To apply or to enquire about the course, please contact Dr. Ximena Catepillan, Math Department for additional information at 717-872-3993 or Ximena.Catepillan@millersville.edu.