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Cohort of 25 Mexican Students Arrive on Campus

Students are participating in a four-week English language-training program.

2016-06-30
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 6-13-2016

Mankato, Minn. – On Monday, June 20, Minnesota State University, Mankato will welcome its third cohort of Mexican students to campus (25 students are expected) to participate in a four-week English language-training program conducted by the University’s Intensive English Language Institute.

This short-term program is one component of a major bilateral higher education initiative signed by the presidents of Mexico and the U.S. in spring 2013 that is formally referred to as “The Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research” or FOBESII for short.

FOBESII is a broad-based, multifaceted effort that seeks to bring 100,000 Mexican students to U.S. colleges and universities over the next five years and to send 50,000 Americans to Mexican institutions.

The Mexican government covers the full cost of the students’ program of study in the U.S. and offers stipends to American students who want to study on short-term educational programs in Mexico. Additionally, other aspects of the program include the promotion of research collaboration and exchanges between U.S. and Mexican faculty, international internship opportunities for students from each country, and opportunities for Mexican students to pursue undergraduate and graduate degree programs at U.S. institutions.

Minnesota State Mankato also hosted cohorts of Mexican students in November 2014 (30 students) and September 2015 (20 students).

For more information on the FOBESSI initiative, please contact Stephen Stoynoff, dean of global education, by phone at 507-389-2900 or by email at stephen.stoynoff@mnsu.edu.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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