As the spring semester comes to a close, 10 study abroad representatives from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, AsianAmerican and Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Community Colleges traveled to Mexico City and Puebla to be part of a workshop on Mexico as a Study Abroad Destination. Sponsored by the Study Abroad Office within the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affiairs of the U.S. Department of State and COMEXUS (the Fulbright-García Robles Commission in Mexico) and coorganized by EducationUSA, the workshop was aimed at increasing student mobility and academic partnerships with Mexico.
The delegation included representatives from University of Maryland Eastern Shore;
Kapi’olani Community College – University of Hawai’i; Our Lady of the Lake
University in San Antonio; Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, GA;
Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, TN; Delaware County Community
College in Media, PA; Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, NY; California State University, Los Angeles; Howard University; and Xavier University in New Orleans, LA.
From May 22nd to May 25th, the participants visited four university campuses and
met with representatives of several others while sampling local culture and cuisine
in Mexico City and Puebla. In Mexico City, they visited Universidad Autónoma
Metropolitana, Unidad Cuajimalpa; and Universidad Iberoamericana. At the U.S.
Embassy’s Benjamin Franklin Library, they heard presentations by the Universidad
Nacional Autónoma de México; Universidad La Salle; Tecnológico de Monterrey; Universidades Interculturales from Estado de Mexico, Hidalgo, Puebla, and Tabasco; Fulbright-García Robles, Mexico’s national association of universities and higher education institutions (ANUIES); and the U.S. Embassy on student mobility programs and the higher education system in Mexico.
In Puebla, the participants were hosted by Universidad Popular Autónoma del
Estado de Puebla to attend talks given by representatives of the same university
and Universidad Anahuac. Peers from the University of Oklahoma and Notre Dame
based in Puebla, also shared their own experiences and best practices on
exchanges with Mexico. Additionally, the group toured the Universidad de las
Américas Puebla and sat in on a talk with campus representatives.
Through this initiative COMEXUS and EducationUSA hope to increase student
mobility to Mexico. «This program has opened my eyes to student mobility options
which lay beyond my horizon,” commented Dr. Funwi Ayuninjam, Director and
Professor of English for Academic Purposes in Georgia Gwinnett College’s Office of
Internationalization. In the past year, 4,712 U.S. students participated in studyabroad programs in Mexico, according to the Institute for International
Education’s Open Doors report.