Goshen College offers weeklong study abroad to Mexico for nontraditional students

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Goshen College offers weeklong study abroad to Mexico for nontraditional students

GOSHEN, Ind. – Goshen College’s innovative and pioneering study abroad program, Study-Service Term (SST), has placed thousands of students in cross-cultural settings. For the first time, in April-May 2007, the college is offering a five-week course that will include a week of travel to Mexico for the nontraditional adult students in the degree-completion programs, the B.S.N. Completion Track and the Organizational Leadership Program.

Director of International Education Tom Meyers said, “Goshen College has had an international education program that serves the needs of traditional college age students since 1968. However we have had difficulty accommodating the nontraditional age student. This course, which includes a week in Mexico, is tailored to the needs of the older student and we are pleased to make at least a portion of this important part of a Goshen College education available to them.”

Community members who aren’t in either program are also invited to take the course for Continuing Education (at a discounted price). The course, “Our Mexican Neighbors,” will provide a broad overview of historical, cultural, political and economic forces that impact Mexico, and by extension impact Elkhart County as well. The goals of the course include an increased appreciation for Mexico’s rich and complex culture; a new understanding of some of the social, economic and political forces that have led to Mexican immigration in recent decades; and a new willingness to engage Anglo and Hispanic neighbors in Northern Indiana.

Goshen College Professor of Business Delmar Good, the faculty coordinator for the course, said, “The phrase ‘we live in a global economy’ has become almost a cliché. Yet, the phrase has never held truer for many organizations here in Northern Indiana. Products, services, information and workers move between countries on unprecedented scale.”

The course will meet April 25 and May 2, from 6 to 10 p.m. in preparation of travel, spend May 5-12 in Mexico City and Cuernavaca, Mexico, and then meet again May 16 and 23 from 6-10 p.m. to process observations and learnings. Readings, journals and short papers will be part of the syllabus (required for credit).

Good, who will travel with the group to Mexico, is a long-time faculty member at Goshen College and most recently led the Goshen College “Business in Spain” course in 2004. For questions, contact him by phone (574) 535-7452 or by e-mail ( delgg@goshen.edu).

The cost for the course is $1,649 (airfare is additional), which includes double occupancy hotel accommodations, most meals, tours, admissions, land transportation, speaker’s fees, reading materials, and tips and gratuities. Airfare is estimated to cost an additional $600 and will be arranged for the group. Students seeking four hours of college credit will be charged an additional $250.

Registration forms and a $500 deposit are due by Feb. 15, 2007. The balance is due by April 1. This course is provided under the Division of Adult and External Studies (DAES), Goshen College. For more information, contact Mary Moretto, director of DAES, by phone (574)-535-7458 or e-mail ( marym@goshen.edu). A downloadable brochure is also available at www.goshen.edu/daes.

Editors: For more information about this release, to arrange an interview or request a photo, contact Goshen College News Bureau Director Jodi H. Beyeler at (574) 535-7572 or jodihb@goshen.edu.


Goshen College, established in 1894, is a residential Christian liberal arts college rooted in the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition. The college’s Christ-centered core values – passionate learning, global citizenship, compassionate peacemaking and servant-leadership – prepare students as leaders for the church and world. Recognized for its unique Study-Service Term program, Goshen has earned citations of excellence in Barron’s Best Buys in Education, “Colleges of Distinction,” “Making a Difference College Guide” and U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” edition, which named Goshen a “least debt college.” Visit www.goshen.edu.