Study Abroad Student Handbook
Mexico Mexico
Center for Global Education

Why Study Abroad?

There are many reasons to study abroad in Mexico. The most popular reason to study abroad in Mexico is the wealth of opportunities that NAFTA can provide. The North American Free Trade Agreement (also called NAFTA) signed by the U.S., Canada and Mexico, creates more opportunities for those with international experience. According to the Consortium on North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC),

"Since NAFTA was signed in 1994, cross border economic activity and professional mobility have increased significantly in North America creating challenges and opportunities that require a concerted response from the higher education institutions in Canada, Mexico and the United States...Well trained professionals are needed to work in the emerging trilateral setting. A strategic partnership among higher education institutions, national associations, foundations, governments agencies, and corporations is crucial to improving academic cooperation in the North American region."

In part, CONAHEC's goal is to help build a North American academic community by improving higher education systems and encouraging scholars to study abroad in Canada and the United States. CONAHEC reminds students why choosing Mexico as a study abroad destination can open the door to meaningful life and career opportunities.

Understanding local politics and the Mexican way of life is crucial for the future of both countries. In recent years the United States and Mexico have taken the initiative to share responsibility regarding border issues, like immigration.

As a result of immigration and the close proximity of Mexico to the United States, the Mexican-American population is the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States. It is estimated that by 2010, Mexican Americans will be the majority in southwestern states like California and Texas. Experts say that this will eventually be the reality of the entire country. In learning about Mexico now, you will better understand the changes that will take place in the United States in the near future.

Read on – Why Study Abroad and find answers how study abroad can affect your personal growth and career path.

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