FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University recently signed an exchange agreement with the Universidad Internacional in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
Under the agreement, up to three FMU students will study at the Universidad Internacional and the same number of UI students will study at Francis Marion. The first exchange between the two schools is scheduled for the spring of 2002. The agreement also allows for the exchange of faculty members.
The Universidad Internacional hosts visiting students from many American institutions. Cuernavaca is located 50 miles south of Mexico City and has a population of approximately 500,000.
“The international exchange agreement with the Universidad Internacional in Cuernavaca will allow FMU students in such academic areas as international studies, business, and Spanish to benefit from a semester of study at a Mexican university,” said Richard N. Chapman, FMU’s provost. “Mexico is one of the most important commercial and trading partners of the United States, and this international exchange program will make it possible for our students to develop a deeper appreciation for Latin American culture and civilization.”
This latest agreement brings to four the number of international exchange agreements FMU has with other schools. Francis Marion has agreements with the University of Basel in Switzerland, the University of Trier in Germany, and the Ludwigshafen Business School in Germany.
Two FMU students are currently studying at Trier and two Trier students will be coming to study at FMU in August. Ben Kyer, a professor of economics at FMU, will teach at Ludwigshafen in the fall while a professor from that school will assist with marketing courses at FMU.
FMU is currently negotiating agreements with universities in Australia, Britain, France and China.
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