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'100,000 Strong in the Americas': US Encourages Students to Study in Mexico

Lorena Figueroa - El Paso Times
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December 8, 2014

JUAREZ — Despite Mexico sharing a common border and economic and social ties with its U.S. neighbor, México is far from being a popular destination for American students.

Currently, only 3,800 American students study in México, according to U.S. government figures. That ranks Mexico as the 15th most popular country for U.S. students who want to study abroad.

Both governments are trying to change that.

A new initiative by President Barack Obama called "100,000 Strong in the Americas" intends to send 100,000 American students, not only to México, but to other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. In exchange, the education initiative aims for the same number of students from those countries to learn and train in the U.S. by the year 2020.

...According to the international non-profit Open Doors Report 2014 of the Institute of International Education, about 45,500 U.S. students study in Latin America and the Caribbean — three times less than the number of American students in Europe.

And most American students prefer to study in Costa Rica, Argentina and Brazil instead of México, the report says.

Read the whole story at El Paso Times

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