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Crossing Borders: Exploring Gender and Social Change in Mesoamerica

In this experiential, community-based program, students will cross borders constructed by language, nationality, race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic class, religion, politics, and economics. Students are immersed in various Mexican realities by meeting directly with people of diverse backgrounds, gaining essential skills for future academic and professional pursuits.  This is an excellent program for those who also need to meet General Education Requirements.

Earn credit in Biology, Religion, Political Science, Women's Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Business and Spanish. Fieldwork opportunities (including both internships and independent research) are also available for credit in nine disciplines.

The Crossing Borders program is open to everyone - Augsburg students, as well as undergraduate students from any other institution.

Learn About:
  • Mexican history and culture
  • Current issues facing Mexican and international businesses
  • Experiences of people involved in working for political and social change
Meet With:
  • Academics
  • Women’s organizations
  • Afro-Mexicans
  • Feminist activists
  • LGBTQIA leaders
  • Business leaders
  • Grassroots organizers
  • Artists



Students typically take a full course load on the program, about 16 credits. Your coursework is in English, there is no Spanish language prerequisite. We partner with a Spanish language school just down the street from our study center, which offers a large range of Spanish courses, if you would like to improve your language skills while on the program!

CGEE believes in experiential education as a key factor to learning and will often bring students on cultural excursions, have guest speakers, and visit local organizations that will tie in the subject matter with real-world experiences and stories.

Choose three or four of the following:



Have you thought about expanding your resume while you study abroad? CGEE internships offer real-world experience paired with an internship seminar designed to facilitate students’ knowledge of the global workforce. Students that choose a for-credit internship will complete 112 contact hours with the agency, and at least 20 hours of class time. 

Examples of previous internships at our Mexico location include:
Fundacion Berea—a non-profit association dedicated to providing a better quality of life for low-income children living in the most marginalized areas of Mexico.
Divulvadoras—a nonprofit group with the goal of promoting women’s autonomy. Advocates for sexual and reproductive rights through political advocacy, sexual education, and artistic and cultural manifestations.
GGECIP—a non-profit organization of indigenous Mexicans promoting their human rights and culture throughout the state of Morelos.
La Buena Tierra—a school for low-income children living in one of the most marginalized neighborhoods of Cuernavaca. 

Placements are made with agencies that have expressed a need for receiving a student. In addition to meeting the professional and personal needs of the students, internships are designed to foster reciprocal relationships between the student, the organization, and CGEE. Due to this reason, CGEE cannot guarantee any specific placement for a semester, but we will try to find the right match for each student and organization.
Credit available in:
  • American Indian Studies, Business, Cross-Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, Health Science, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Marketing, Political Science, Religion, Spanish 
Watch videos of previous placements with students at our YouTube Channel! 




CGEE believes in learning from the community, which is why we include homestays with local families on the program. You will have two homestays – one in a rural environment for a short period of time, and one in an urban environment in the city of Cuernavaca for four to six weeks. Showing students different family environments is important for learning about the diversity of life and culture in Mexico.

Our Study Center
For the remainder of the program, you will live in our Study Center in the city with the other US students on the program. The CGEE Study Center in Mexico is a 15-minute walk from downtown Cuernavaca and the main city plaza, in the neighborhood of San Antón. CGEE is well established in San Antón and has many friends and close connections in the neighborhood, including some of the homestay families. CGEE 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 eco-tourist attraction.  Right across the bridge, students will find a large public garden/park, an independent movie theater, the Cathedral, and several popular cafés. CGEE's Mexico site includes two houses across the street from each other with 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.

Take a virtual tour of our study center in Cuernavaca:




CGEE programs are highly experiential by design. We like to get you out of the classroom and into the community! Our classes include guest speakers, trips to visit local groups, museums, businesses, and more. We also include fun excursions in the area to help you learn even more about the history, culture, and region!

All of our excursions are included in program fee, so you will always have amazing activities to join, with no hidden costs! Our Mexico programs take students to locations such as Puebla, the Nevado de Toluca volcano, Mexico City, and more.

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What is Included
CGEE program costs are comprehensive and include:
  • in-country transportation
  • housing
  • all meals
  • program-related travel and excursions
  • insurance
  • tuition
  • fair wages for staff and speakers
What is not Included
  • flights to and from the program - while CGEE arranges group travel for our semester participants, you will pay out of pocket for your ticket
  • personal spending money
    • for souvenirs, occasional dining out and events, or for more extensive travel during spring/fall breaks, if you choose to do so.
  • Books and other supplies
For students at schools other than Augsburg College: The tuition rate, room and board, and fees for a semester program during the academic year 2017/18 is approximately *$18,615. You may review the cost estimate form for for an itemized breakdown: Fall Semester Cost Estimate.

*Please note: your school may charge other fees or tuition rates, depending on their study abroad policies, or whether Augsburg CGEE is an approved program at your school. Please talk to your school’s study abroad advisor to learn more about how costs and financial aid for study abroad work at your institution.

For Augsburg College students: The tuition for a semester program during the academic year 2017/18 is equivalent to one semester at Augsburg college. You will also receive an automatic scholarship of $1,500 for this program. All of your financial aid package, including scholarships, will apply to this program. Augsburg students will receive a personalized cost estimate form (including your financial aid award)  once you have started your application. For more questions about study abroad/away financial policies, please come to one of our information sessions.


Scholarships Available

We have a variety of scholarships and discounts available to students participating on a CGEE semester program. Each application is linked below for more information: Additionally, we offer the following discounts:
  • Returnee Discount
    • Automatic discount of 10% off a second semester program for students who combine two semester programs during their college career.  There are no forms to submit for this discount.
  • Summer Discount
    • Students who participate in a full semester program in Mexico will receive a 10% discount off a summer session (before or after the semester program). There are no forms to submit for this discount.
  • Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) Member Discount
    • Award of $500 tuition discount. Students who qualify must submit a PJSA Membership Confirmation Form to receive the aid. This discount cannot be applied to the Social Work in a Latin American Context program.


What do our participants have to say about their time on the program?
“I highly recommend this program. We talked openly about hard questions in classes, and we were also able to have an amazing cultural experience with wonderful host families. The staff is very open to conversation, and the structure of the program--with amazing speakers and excursions throughout--is great.” - Meg, Carleton College, Math major

“This program is top-quality. They really incorporate a holistic transformation for every person. The homestays are especially transformative along with the experiences in Amatlan and Mexico City. I felt like I was genuinely living in another society rather than just involved with a program.” - Casey, Augsburg College, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major, Peace and Conflict Studies minor

Want to hear more?
Read our reviews at third-party website,

More visual? Check out CGEE YouTube’s Mexico Playlist


Contact Us for Questions

Augsburg students please contact or visit us in the Oyate Commons, Christensen Center, lower level

Students from all other colleges and universities please contact to be connected with a CGEE representative.

Application Instructions

What You Need to Apply: Non-Augsburg Students
  • A copy of your transcript (unofficial and electronic are accepted)
  • An approval form, signed by your study abroad office
  • Answer the short essay questions
  • Read and review policy information and resources
You can also watch this short 4-minute video if you would like to see what the application looks like:


What You Need to Apply: Auggies
  • Attend an Info Session (or watch online)
  • Review the CGEE Policies and forms (in the application)
  • Answer the essay questions
  • Review, sign, and submit your cost estimate form
Auggies can talk to an advisor in the Oyate Commons any time with application or program questions. 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2018 06/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 08/16/2018 12/09/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.