US Business Schools Look to Latin America for Student Exchange and Long-term Collaboration

According to U.S. News & World Report, more than 86,000 Latin American students came to the US to study last year—an increase of nearly 20% from the previous year.

With a healthy US economy and a surge in programs, the attraction to study in the US has never been so strong. Likewise, US academic institutions are increasingly collaborating with partners in Latin America on scientific research, business initiatives, and cultural exchange opportunities. After all, Latin America is the United States’ biggest partner in trade, with 40% of US exports heading south.

A new government- and industry-sponsored initiative called 100,000 Strong in the Americas awards grants of up to $25,000 to institutions in the Americas committed to innovation through study abroad, international collaboration, and student mobility.

The pattern is clear. When it comes to collaborating with Latin America, the opportunity can’t be missed. American business schools are taking advantage of international exchange partnerships that bring cultural diversity to US classrooms while paving the way for collaborative business initiatives and student and faculty exchanges. Students benefit from new academic and business environments, while building a foundation for the exchange of ideas and strengthening of political and economic ties for years to come.

Here are a few US business schools seeking to increase partnerships with Latin America. Latin American university representatives and industry partners are encouraged to contact these schools for more information:

According to Stetson’s website, undergraduate business students “have opportunities to intern at leading global firms and take part in clubs and organizations whose focus is on business, investment, or international dynamics.”

Location is important, which is why Centenary University’s proximity to New York City offers no shortage of internship opportunities. School of International Programs Dean, Dr. Joseph Linskey
stated, “Throughout the local area and New York City, there are internships available in all parts of the business industry. The faculty have contacts in almost every area.” Centenary offers undergraduate business specializations in everything from Sports Management to Social Media Marketing.

Oklahoma State University

One of the few business schools offering dual degree programs, OSU students can opt for a two-year, dual-degree MBA from Spears and Mexico’s Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP).

Florida International University

More than 60% of Florida Tech students come from Latin America, and U.S. News & World Report ranked its business school 5th in the country for “Best International Business Program.”

Claremont Graduate University

Located in business-centric Los Angeles, Drucker’s programs attract many international students who take advantage of the opportunities to gain industry experience in one of the country’s largest, most culturally diverse cities.

Merrimack College

With professors from Brazil and Guatemala, this business school places an important emphasis on global awareness and hopes to partner with business schools in Latin America with similar values. Merrimack is located just outside of Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Tulane University

Located in New Orleans, Louisiana, this business school has awarded more PhDs to Latin American business students than any other business school in the country.

American University

American University’s Kogod Business School: A Global Business Education

West Virginia University

The core values at West Virginia University include ethical business practices and globalism. With globalism in mind, the College of Business & Economics is seeking partnerships with business programs in Latin America as well as with key industry partners.

SUNY at New Paltz

SUNY New Paltz School of Business: Liberal Arts Excellence in Business

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