Applications for the Spring 2016 tour are being accepted now. There is a $30 application fee.

Application Instructions

The MesoAmerica Tour is a BYU-Idaho academic travel excursion through Mexico, the Yucatan, Guatemala (tentative), and Belize.

What we will do and see?

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, life-changing learning.


First block of Spring Semester 2015. Classes are held on campus for two weeks (April 13-24) then students travel for about four weeks, returning in time for second block.

Program Cost

Application fee $30 to be charged to student account

Tour cost - $2,895 

Tour cost includes all transportation, food, lodging, and entry fees during travel. This does not include tuition.

Additional costs may include: Souvenirs, film, camera, snacks, water (about $2/day), passport application fee, books and supplies for classes, room and board for two weeks in Rexburg prior to travel (you may stay with friends, family, bishop, professor, or in dorms for a low daily rate)

Available Courses

Students MUST take at least 5 credits and can take up to 10 credits. All students will take the required Sociology 490R Latin American Studies - 1 or 2 credits. Current course options include:

  • FDREL 122 Second half of Book of Mormon - 2 credits
  • REL 343 Church History-1900 to Present - 2 credits
  • FDSCI 203 Environmental Stewardship - 2 credits
  • BIO 490 Special Topics - 1-3 credits
  • SOC 490R Mesoamerica (required for tour participants) - 2 credits 
  • SPAN 490 Independent Study: Spanish Tutor/Translator - 1 credit
  • INTST 350 Latin American Studies - 3 credits

Application Requirements

Applications for the Spring 2016 tour will be accpeted beginning September of 2015.

Applications will go through Brother Rowe for approval (Taylor 104). You will receive an e-mail notifying you of your acceptance. Once you are accepted, payment of a nonrefundable $300 deposit is required to confirm your place with the tour.

Who can apply?

All BYU-Idaho students can apply regardless of track or major.

Faculty Contacts

Gary Baird

Office: Benson 294G

Phone: 208-496-4606


Kirk Widdison

Office: Smith 460

Phone: 208-496-4320


BJ Rowe

Office: Taylor 104

Phone: 208-496-3953