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Migration, Globalization, and the Environment

This is an intensive program that explores issues of migration, immigration, and globalization. It is ideal for students who are interested in working with Spanish-speaking populations in the United States, as it includes intensive Spanish language classes, an internship or independent research opportunity, and courses that help students understand the connections between globalization and migration and learn from diverse communities that are organizing for positive social change around issues of race, ethnicity, socio-economic class, gender, sexuality, economics, and the environment.

In addition to core courses in History, Political Science and Women's Studies, Internship and Independent Study courses may be transferred for credit in History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Political Science, Religion, Spanish and Women's Studies.

The Migration, Globalization, and the Environment program is open to everyone - Augsburg students, as well as undergraduate students from any other institution.

Learn About:
  • The relationship between globalization and migration, emigration, and immigration
  • Communities that are responding to the forces of globalization and migration
  • Fomenting positive social change around issues of race, ethnicity, socio-economic class, gender, sexuality, economics, politics, and the environment
Meet With:
  • Feminist scholars and activists
  • Members of rural and urban communities who have been particularly affected by U.S. immigration policies
  • Political and economic officers from the U.S. embassy in Mexico City
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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:
Pre-Session Spanish
  • Students who would like to gain some basic Spanish or brush up on their Spanish can take additional Spanish classes before the semester begins by making arrangements directly with our partner language school in Cuernavaca, Mexico. We particularly advise students who have little or no Spanish or plan to register for an internship to travel to the region early to take Spanish classes.



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 via YouTube!



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 University: 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: Spring 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 University students: The tuition for a semester program during the academic year 2017/18 is equivalent to one semester at Augsburg University. 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?
“It's totally cliche, but this program has honestly changed my life. Before coming, I did not know anything about Global Politics, or even about how the U.S. Relates to other countries. Now I feel that I have a vocabulary, history, and context for global politics and U.S. relations. I also got to learn Spanish in a beautiful city. I felt very at home here, and the people in our neighborhood are the nicest you'll meet. I want to come back someday. It's like a second home now.” - Tim, Augsburg College, Spanish major, Religion minor

“Augsburg College and CGEE really give you the opportunity to really go beyond the standard tourist path, giving you the chance to really integrate yourself into the local communities, understand the historic and current situations of the country you are currently residing in, and gain new perspectives and critical thinking skills in relation to social injustices. I highly recommend this program.” - Amanda, University of Vermont, Anthropology major

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
Spring Semester 2019 10/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 01/18/2019 05/12/2019

** 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.