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North American Studies consortium offers student exchange in Canada and Mexico

Georgia Southern University and five other universities are developing a program in North American Studies that will result in new opportunities for students who want to study in Canada or Mexico. Because the new program is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, funds are available to assist with the costs involved in a semester of study abroad. As with all study abroad, tuition for the North American Studies program is paid to Georgia Southern and academic credit is received from Georgia Southern.

The six universities involved in the North American Studies consortium include Georgia Southern; Bowling Green State University (Ohio); the Universidad Veracruzana (Xalapa, Mexico); the Universidad de Sonora (Sonora, Mexico); Wilfrid Laurier University (Ontario, Canada); and Mount Allison University (New Brunswick, Canada).

‘The consortium recently began developing the academic content of the North American Studies Program,” explained Nancy Shumaker, director of the Center for International Studies. ‘We are working together to develop a curriculum focused on six broad themes: culture; environmental issues; indigenous peoples; NAFTA and economics; nationalism and contested identities; and migration and mobility.” Shumaker pointed out that North American Studies are not extra classes; the courses taken will be courses that fit into each student’s degree program.

Named the North American Mobility Grant, this funding is designed to encourage students to move among the six institutions involved in the North American Studies program. The Center for International Studies is accepting applications now through September 2007 from students who want to study in Canada or Mexico.

For more information, contact Jeff Palis, Study Abroad Coordinator, at the Center for International Studies, 912-681-0332.

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