In an effort to make the application process easier for UNM students studying abroad, the LAII Study Abroad office has recently merged much of its information with a university-wide study abroad website. Outgoing UNM students will find applications and program information on the new website: http://studyabroad.unm.edu/.
The LAII Study Abroad programs in Latin America or Spain consist of two types of programs: Intensive Language programs and Semester Exchanges.
Intensive Language programs are open to all levels of speakers (including UNM students and the general public), can last from one week or up to one year, and are taught at accredited language schools intended for foreign students. Students pay the host university directly, and may use financial aid, the Lottery, and other existing scholarships. These programs provide a good opportunity to improve language skills before participating in a full Semester Exchange. Pre-approved course equivalencies are listed by country at http://unm.abroadoffice.net.
Semester Exchanges are available for one or two semesters, and are best-suited for intermediate- to advanced-level students who are prepared to take classes with students from the host university. These programs are intended for independent and focused students who want a challenging immersion experience in Spanish or Portuguese. There are a few exceptions for students who wish to study in English while taking language classes in Brazil, Mexico, and Valencia, Spain. Students pay full UNM tuition, may use existing scholarships and financial aid, and transfer credits upon return.
The LAII provides support to Incoming International Exchange Students from partner institutions in Latin America and Spain. Students may apply through their home university to attend UNM as an exchange student for one or two semesters. The LAII also plays a critical role in establishing the agreements which assist student exchanges and faculty-led initiatives. UNM faculty who are interested or involved in leading trips abroad should familiarize themselves with Provost Suzanne T. Ortega's memo concerning faculty-led study abroad, dated April 15, 2010.
The LAII also provides support to the UNM School of Engineering in its promotion of Joint International Agreements and Dual Degree Programs.
Other types of agreements, such as CONACYT and OAS Student Scholarships and Research MOUs, are also kept on file at the LAII.
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