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Program Overview

The Mexico Maymester 2013 Study Abroad program is a 4-week activity based in Mexico and Charleston. It is designed to put students in direct contact with Mexican and US leaders and the institutions they run, most dealing with some facet of public safety. Students' study of Mexican history and direct experience of its culture will provide context for a more meaningful understanding of leadership challenges and opportunities in Mexico and the US.

What: Approximately 12 students guided by 2 citadel professors will spend 16 days in Mexico. We will interview 20-25 leaders in the Mexican government, human rights organizations, journalism, and US officials on the broad topic of public safety and observe public safety operations firsthand. Dr. Brian Norris will give a 1-week intensive course on Mexican history, culture and current public administration initiatives at the Citadel the week prior to the group's departure for Mexico.

Who: All majors are eligible to apply. Untypical access to foreign leaders in public safety makes this study tour ideal for the student considering an international career. But the study tour is also a once-in-a-lifetime enrichment opportunity for the student going on to a purely US-based career: It has been said that 'he who knows one country, knows no country.'      

When: Maymester 2013 (May 6-26, after spring semester, before summer 1 and 2)

Where: The Citadel (May 6-10); Mexico (May 11-26); estimate 11 days in Mexico City and 5 days in 2 separate trips outside Mexico City

Academic: Students receive between 3 and 6 hours credit. Students will produce a substantive research paper on an approved topic and will improve writing skills through close work with the organizing professor.

Esitmated cost: $2,900 (includes airfare, hotel, tuition, in-country travel, and insurance). Scholarships for up to $7,500 are available through the Star of the West International Summer Scholarship program.

Spanish Language: This program is appropriate for students wanting to improve Spanish ability. An interpreter will be provided for non-Spanish speakers.

About trip leader: Brian Norris is a professor in the Criminal Justice department at the Citadel. He lived and worked in Latin America for 5 years and has 15 years total experience with the region. He is fluent in Spanish and is experienced at designing and leading high-end study tours in Latin America.

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Study tours allow opportunities for students to interact with leaders in their working enviroments.