(November 3, 2016) - Congratulations to Intensive English Program (IEP) students from Mexico who completed their program this month! “The 30 students represent three different universities in Mexico and were selected as part of the Proyecta 100,000 initiative through the Mexican government,” said Natalie Haban, international program and outreach manager for the Tseng College. “They are staying on campus, meeting new friends and discovering what it means to be a CSUN Matador!”
Students from Benemérita Escuela Normal de Coahuila, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, and Benemérita Escuela Normal Urbana/Profesor Domingo Carballo Félix took part in English language and activity classes over the past several weeks. They studied side by side with IEP students from around the world.
“The main reason for their stay here at CSUN is to improve their English, plus acquire knowledge about the higher education system in the United States,” said Vanessa Andrade, associate director of international programs and partnerships for the Tseng College. While here, students didn’t just sit in classrooms. They had a chance to discover campus life, meet other students and explore the local community.
Proyecta 100,000 launched in 2014 as an educational and cultural exchange program between Mexico and the United States. The initiative expands learning, research and engagement in both countries. Mexico ranked 10th in the "Top 25 Places of Origin of International Students" in 2014-2015. In 2013-2014, 21,847 American students studied in Mexico and Central American colleges and universities, an 11.4 percent increase over the prior academic year.
The Mexican students’ time at CSUN culminates Nov. 10 with a ceremony at the Orange Grove Bistro. It will feature special guest Andrés Webster, minister of educational affairs at the Consul General of Mexico in Los Angeles . “We will host an end of the program luncheon where we will give the certificate of participation to all the students in the group,” Andrade said. After all the study, it’s time for celebration!