Through the program SEP-Bécalos-Santander Universities, the Ministry of Public Education awarded 168 scholarships to students from 17 Technological and Polytechnic Universities in Mexico for US studies.
The selected students will attend three different community college locations (Alamo College District, Pima Community College and Suny Broome Community College) in the United States, for up to 22 weeks.
In a statement, the SEP explained that the beneficiaries, who will be able to travel between August and December, will receive a scholarship of up to $190,260 pesos to cover accommodation, transportation, maintenance, medical insurance and tuition expenses.
Students will have the opportunity to take two academic subjects related to the course they study, and an English course that will help them to improve their level of competence in the language.
In addition, they will be able to carry out professional practices or community service activities, which will allow them to practice the language, acquire knowledge, and improve their understanding of American culture.
This SEP program is carried out with the collaboration of the National Coordination of Higher Education Scholarships (CNBES, for its acronym in Spanish), in conjunction with Banco Santander and Bécalos of the Fundación Televisa and the Mexican Banks Association.
The Ministry explained that this fourth generation of scholarship recipients is supported by the United States Embassy and is part of the Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research created in 2013 by the presidents of both countries.
During the ceremony of farewell to the fellows, Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Salvador Jara Guerrero, indicated that actions like these will allow to consolidate a global Mexico where everyone can speak English and the possibilities to improve the quality of life are increasingly broad.