Applications for the Spring 2017 tour are now being accepted


The Mesoamerica Academic Tour is a BYU-Idaho academic travel excursion through Mexico, the Yucatan, and Belize. Highlights include Mexico City Temple, ancient pyramids, rainforests, volcanoes, cathedrals, folkdance, Aztec, Olmec, and Maya ruins, waterfalls, river swims, cave exploration, canyons, boat tours, zip-line treks, traditional textiles, authentic cuisine, service projects, Pathway sites, exotic birding, iguanas, zoos, museums, snorkeling, testimony meeting, white beaches, blue water, great friends, and life-changing experiences.


Spring Semester, First Block 2017. Pre-departure instruction for tour classes will take place during the final weeks of Winter semester. We will depart April 10 and return May 2. All coursework must be finalized by the end of the First Block (June 2). Tour participants are encouraged to take additional classes Second Block if possible.

Tour Cost

Program fee - $2,795 

The program fee includes all transportation, food, lodging, and entry fees during travel. This does not include tuition, books, and supplies for classes. Additional costs may include souvenirs, snacks, water (about $2/day), passport application fee, and other personal expenses.

Application Process

All students on any track may apply. Read through these application instructions and fill out the application form, information sheet, and risk agreement including the required signatures. Submit the completed forms to Brother Widdison. You'll receive an e-mail notification once your application has been received and all the information is complete.

Application Requirements

All students can apply regardless of track or major. Applications will go through Brother Widdison for approval. You will receive an e-mail notifying you of your acceptance. Once accepted, you must pay the $300 nonrefundable deposit within 2 weeks to secure your place on tour.

Applications for the Spring 2017 tour are now being accepted


Tour Classes

Students MUST take at least 5 credits and can take up to 12 credits. All students are required to take Sociology 490R Mesoamerica. Anticipated course options include:

  • SOC 490R Mesoamerica (required) - 2 credits 
  • FDREL 200 The Eternal Family - 2 credits
  • FDREL 275 Teachings and Doctrine of the Book of Mormon - 2 credits
  • FDCIV 101 Foundations of Civil Society - 3 credits
  • HIST 340 Latin America - 3 credits
  • SPAN 491 Spanish Interpretation - 1 credit

Faculty Contacts

Krista Feinberg

Office: Rigby 346

Phone: 208-496-4251


Kirk Widdison

Office: Smith 460

Phone: 208-496-4320


Chris Allison

Office: Taylor 235

Phone: 208-496-3926