Mexico: International Business and Global Citizenship
Fall Semester: mid-August through mid-December
Today’s business leaders are increasingly well-served by a global perspective. Gain your international experience in Mexico, the business capital of Latin America and the United States’ third largest trading partner. Improve your Spanish language skills and understanding of Mexican culture in order to communicate with and serve the largest immigrant group in the US – a group that is rapidly increasing in economic influence. We emphasize success in business, while also encouraging a commitment to corporate responsibility, sustainability, and equality by exposing you to both the opportunities and challenges of international business.
Mexico is more than a spring break destination; it takes center stage in debates about globalization, U.S. immigration policy, and sustainable economic development.
The program is based in Cuernavaca, a city known for its perennial springtime (70-80 degrees). Cuernavaca, the capital of the state of Morelos, is about a 1 1/2 hours drive south of Mexico City. Both the city and the state are important in Mexican history: the palace of the conqueror Hernan Cortez borders the central plaza in Cuernavaca and Morelos is known as “the cradle of the Mexican revolution” of 1910 led by Emiliano Zapata, who was born in a small town near Cuernavaca. A city of more than one million, Cuernavaca is also known for its innovative grass-roots education programs, economic cooperatives, and base Christian communities inspired by liberation theology.
CGE in-country staff and faculty average 12 years of experience with our programs. Our students benefit from their contacts, networks, and knowledge.
- The important role that Mexico plays in the US in relation to import/export issues
- Why Mexico is front and center in debates about globalization and US immigration policy
- Diverse understandings of responsible global citizenship and corporate social responsibility
- Cultural similarities and differences in business practices in Mexico and the US
Students choose four of the following four courses (each worth 4 semester credits):
- Accounting Theory & Practice I (Accounting 322)
- Business Spanish (Spanish 220)
- Global Business Management: Mexico and Other Emerging Markets (Business 461)
- International Business (Business 362)
- International Marketing (Marketing 466)
- Internship or Independent Research (Business/Marketing 399/499)
- Vocation and the Meaning of Success (Keystone 490)
Check out the course syllabi!
Students will meet with managers from a maquiladora (assembly plant), the president of the State of Morelos Women’s Business Association, employees of both large national/multi-national companies and worker-owned businesses, a founding partner of Enterprising Solutions Global, and many others.
- Mexico City, where you will visit the Mexican Stock Market and/or the Mexican Treasury Department
- The village of Amatlan in order to speak with members of the land council about cultural and ethical issues related to conducting business in an Indigenous community
- Optional weekend excursions to locations such as the Monarch butterfly sanctuary, Oaxaca, Puebla, Taxco, Teotihuacan, Toluca, and the Nevado de Toluca volcano (included in program price)
Housing and Homestays
A small campus in Cuernavaca serves as a home base for most students. Four- to six-week homestays are an integral part of the academic program. Longer homestays are available, as are lesbian- and gay-friendly, vegetarian, and alcohol-free homestays.
Student Life with CGE-Mexico
The CGE campus in Mexico is a 15-minute walk from downtown Cuernavaca and the main city plaza, in the neighborhood of San Antón. CGE is well established in San Antón and has many friends and close connections in the neighborhood, including some of the homestay families and internship sites. CGE is located at the top of one of the large ravines that runs through the city, offering a dramatic view from the nearby bridge that leads to downtown. Because of the ravine, there is a 100-foot waterfall right in the neighborhood, a local ecotourist attraction. Right across the bridge, students will find a large public garden/park, an independent movie theater, the Cathedral, and several popular cafés. CGE-Mexico’s campus includes ample living and study space for students, a library, computer labs and wireless internet, kitchen and dining areas, and outdoor patios and gardens. The Universal language school, where students take Spanish courses, conveniently is located right up the street and has a swimming pool and racquetball court.
No previous experience with Spanish is required.
Supporting a Diverse Community of Co-learners
The Center for Global Education strives to create for its participants an intentionally diverse community of co-learners where a variety of cultures and backgrounds is represented.
If you have additional questions about issues of diversity, multiculturalism, or oppression in regards to the site to which you will travel, please let us know during the enrollment process.
Applications are accepted on a rolling admissions basis with a deadline of April 1. Early application is encouraged to ensure a place in the program, but we may make spaces available after the deadline as we are able.