International Business and Global Citizenship
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 United States - a group that is rapidly increasing in economic influence. We emphasize success in business, while also encouraging a commitment to corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and equality by exposing you to both the opportunities and challenges of international business.
The International Business and Global Citizenship program is open to everyone - Augsburg students, as well as undergraduate students from any other institution.
- The important role that Mexico plays in the United States in relation to import/export issues
- Why Mexico is front and center in debates about globalization
- Diverse understandings of corporate social responsibility
- Cultural similarities and differences in business practices in Mexico and the United States
- 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 small, worker-owned businesses
- A founding partner of an international firm that works in the area of development finance and corporate social responsibility to discuss ethical issues and corporate social responsibility
- A representative of the US Embassy responsible for US-Mexico trade relations
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.
Courses Available, and links to syllabi/course descriptions:
- Intercultural Development: Reflection & Integration (INS 492) - 2 credits, REQUIRED
- Business Spanish (Spanish 220) - 16 other Spanish courses also available!
- Global Business Management: Mexico and other Emerging Markets (Business 461) - 4 credits
- International Business (Business 362) - 4 credits
- International Marketing (Marketing 466) - 4 credits
- Internship or Independent Research (Business OR Marketing 399/499) - 4 credits
- Vocation and the Meaning of Success (Keystone 490) - 4 credits
- Recreational Wellness: Latin Dance (WEL 118) - 1 credit
- Environmental Biology (Biology 118): Natural Science and Mathematics Lab LAF - 4 credits
- Latin American Liberation Theologies (Women’s Studies/Religion 366): Humanities LAF - 4 credits
- Women, Gender, and Social Change in Latin America (Women’s Studies 352/Political Science 357): Social and Behavioral Sciences LAF - 4 credits
- 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.
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.
What is Included
CGEE program costs are comprehensive and include:
- in-country transportation
- all meals
- program-related travel and excursions
- fair wages for staff and speakers
- 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
*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.
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:
- Students of Color Endowed Scholarship
- Yackel Endowed Scholarship
- Diversity Scholarship
- Early Award (Need-based) - see if you qualify for an award before you are accepted into the program!
- 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.
“I ended up with amazing opportunities, a great director, and the home stay is fantastic. There were plenty of chances to visit places like Puebla, Mexico City, museums, pyramids and more. In general I had an amazing time.” - Alejandra, Augsburg College, International Business major, Spanish minor
Want to hear more?
Read our reviews at third-party website, goabroad.com.
More visual? Check out CGEE YouTube’s Mexico Playlist
Augsburg students please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us in the Oyate Commons, Christensen Center, lower level
Students from all other colleges and universities please contact email@example.com to be connected with a CGEE representative.
- 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 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
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Fall Semester||2018||04/01/2018 **||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.