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Program Description:

Overview

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Global Educators Semester

Designed specifically for undergraduates majoring in Education, this brand-new program aims to develop teachers that are knowledgeable and curious about world regions and global issues, attuned to diverse perspectives, and are able to communicate across cultures and/or in other languages.

The Global Educators Semester is open to everyone - Augsburg students, as well as undergraduate students from any other institution.

Learn About:
  • Close examination of the U.S./Minnesota P-12 schools, history, political and pedagogical influences and their connections to Mexico education systems, communities, families and immigration.
  • Intentional intercultural learning through field work in a variety of Mexican schools (urban, rural, indigenous, preschool, elementary, high school, public, private, Montessori, Waldorf).
Meet With:
  • Educators from private, public, and alternative institutions such as Montessori, Waldorf, and bilingual schools
  • Elementary and high schools in both rural and urban areas, including special education schools
  • People who have migrated to Cuernavaca, people who have worked in the U.S. with and without documents, family members who have been left behind, and people who have been deported
*Special Promotion - FREE Airfare Voucher!*
All participants on the inaugural spring 2018 cohort of the Global Educators Semester will receive a FREE airfare voucher! Airfare will be purchased through CGEE's designated travel agent, and is calculated round-trip from Minneapolis to Mexico City. Participants wishing to depart from airports other than Minneapolis, will make up the cost difference out of pocket. Please refer to CGEE if you have questions about this special promotion, at globaled@augsburg.edu
 

Academics

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 four to six courses from (course syllabi will be linked as they become available): *all education students are required to take either EDC 200 or EDC 353.
 
 

Housing

Housing

Homestays
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.
 

Excursions

Excursions

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.
Mexico Excursions 2

 

Costs

Costs
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: 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 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

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.
 

Testimonials

What do our participants have to say about their time on the program?

"The speakers and excursions throughout the semester were very useful. They helped us engage in dialogue [so we could] learn from each other. Particularly, the rural homestay and seminar in Amatlan were the epitome of experiential learning. I learned so much about the indigenous peoples, and their history, culture, and tradition. Living with a rural homestay helped me to critically reflect on what I learned in my academic classes such as Political Science and Women’s Studies. This visit provided me outside learning which impacted my class participation. The overall program experience was life changing. It did not simply provide me an education, it provided me the opportunity to transform. I am now more than a student, I am a global and responsible leader. Whoever knew going abroad would be the opportunity to find your calling? This program helped me find mine."

-Marquell, Augsburg College, Education major, participated on our sister program in Mexico “Crossing Borders”

Want to hear more?
Read our reviews of Mexico programs at third-party website, goabroad.com.

More visual? Check out CGEE YouTube’s Mexico Playlist
 

Contact

Contact Us for Questions

Augsburg students please contact abroad@augsburg.edu or visit us in the Oyate Commons, Christensen Center, lower level

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


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2018 11/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission 01/18/2018 05/13/2018

** 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.