University of Vermont

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Global and Regional Studies Program


Global and Regional Studies Program wins NAFTA Mobility Grant
by Luis Vivanco, GRS Director

The Global and Regional Studies Program has, along with Georgia Southern University, won a FIPSE North American Mobility in Higher Education Program grant. Commonly called a “NAFTA Mobility Grant” because the free-trade agreement calls for student mobility, it is a substantial grant that provides funding to create a consortium of six universities in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada to send and receive exchange students.

Over the next four years, the grant provides our GRS program with funding to help create the consortium, as well as scholarships for eight UVM students to study abroad at other consortium universities between Fall 2012 and Spring 2015. Other members of the consortium include, in Canada, Wilfrid Laurier University (Ontario) and the University of New Brunswick, and, in Mexico, the Universidad Veracruzana (Veracruz) and Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico City campus). This grant will be especially appealing to students in Global Studies, Latin American Studies, and Canadian Studies, as well as students in foreign languages.

Grant winners must identify and develop curricular and extracurricular programming around a particular theme. In our case, the consortium will focus on investigating how perceptions and misperceptions within each NAFTA country about the others shapes public policy, such as immigration and social services policies. It also explores the conditions under which continental—as opposed to strictly national—frameworks for policy can emerge or be developed.

More information on becoming a NAFTA Mobility Grant exchange student


Last modified January 20 2012 12:52 PM