Beyond borders: First-time program gives students from Mexico a taste of American college life and culture

Building bridges not walls with Mexico through UC San Diego Extension’s Academic Connections International.

UC San Diego Extension

Fifteen-year-old Rito Cervera Romero, who lives in the small town of San Cristóbal, Guanajuato, México, recently enjoyed the opportunity of a lifetime – the chance to study abroad at an American university.

“This is a unique opportunity, and I am very proud to be part of this program,” he said during a break from his intensive bilingual literature class. “I wasn’t considering taking English (at this age), but now I would like to take an English course when I go back to Mexico. I want to keep practicing what I learned here. English is an important language to know.”

Centro Fox Students 2- PC Marco Huerta Alardin Photo courtesy of instructor Marco Huerta Alardin

Cervera was one of 17 high schoolers who were part of a new partnership between UC San Diego Extension and Fundación Vamos México, a program of Centro Fox, a nonprofit started by former Mexico President Vincente Fox and his wife, Marta. The nonprofit…

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