What country produces $1 million per minute, $1.6 billion each day, and over $580 billion a year in two-way trade that supports six million jobs in the United States? The answer may surprise you: Mexico; our third-largest trade partner.
Which language has the second largest number of native speakers in the world? According to some measures, the answer is Spanish, slightly ahead of English. In the United States alone, there are at least 37 million Spanish speakers, and a large percentage of those Spanish speakers have roots in Mexico.
Mexico is close to the U.S. Flights are short and costs are lower than anywhere in the Western Hemisphere or Europe., making Mexico a perfect study abroad destination. Programs such as the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program and the Fulbright Program are available from the U.S. and Mexican governments to study in Mexico. Evidence shows that the word is spreading. The 2015 Open Doors Report noted an encouraging 19% increase in the numbers of U.S. students coming to Mexico as part of an academic exchange or study abroad program.
In support of the 100,000 Strong American Initiative, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, in collaboration with the U.S.-Mexico Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (COMEXUS), EducationUSA and the Study Abroad Office within the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the State Department, seeks to increase academic opportunities for U.S. students in Mexico, including groups of students who have been underrepresented in the study abroad population. We are therefore organizing a four-day development tour to Mexico for 10 study abroad officers and advisers from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges, and Community Colleges.
The program objectives for participating officers are:
1. Increased familiarity with the Mexican higher education system;
2. Knowledge of opportunities and potential partnerships for study abroad programs in Mexico; and
3. Exploration of potential research and scholarly linkages for faculty with Mexican higher education institutions.
If you are interested in strengthening and/or increasing study abroad programs in Mexico, we invite you to apply to this development tour by filling out this application form by September 2nd along with:
• a Statement of Interest (no longer than 1 page);
• a Letter of Support from your host institution’s leadership; and
• a CV (maximum 4 pages)
**U.S. citizens do not require a tourist visa to enter Mexico. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you should be able to obtain a tourist visa on your own. COMEXUS cannot assist with this. We will, however, send a letter of invitation to each participant selected for the program.**
Application Deadline: April 7, 2017
Notification of Selection Results: April 28, 2017
Program Dates: May 22-25, 2017
The program will include conferences with local higher education professionals as well as guided visits to higher education institutions in Mexico City and Puebla.
The U.S. Department of State, through the Embassy and COMEXUS, will cover the following program expenses for each participant:
• Round-trip airfare to Mexico;
• 5 days of lodging (May 21 to 25) in hotels in Mexico City and Puebla;
• Three meal plans for 4 days. The last day only includes breakfast; and
• Ground transportation in Mexico City and Puebla.
Participants will be selected based on their skills and experience and the potential of their institutions to expand study abroad ties in Mexico.
For further information, please contact Mariana Ramirez (email@example.com)