From its foundation, El Colegio de México has been an open-spirited institution. Internationalization is a part of our history and educational philosophy, an international tradition which is reflected in the vast number of foreign students and researchers that have written books about Mexico while at El Colegio, as well as the number of international students that —from the institution’s creation— have been part of the regular student body which seeks to complete an academic program, be it a Bachelor or Master’s degree or a PhD.
In the past ten years, the international exchange programs have been re-organized through the creation of the Academic Exchange Office (Oficina de Intercambio Académico, OIA), establishing as a requirement in the students' formation the possibility of completing an exchange program and having contact with foreign exchange students that come to El Colegio. This entails a decade of work devoted to receiving students from our partner universities for one or two semesters, as well as sending our own students on academic adventures, both for study and for research, to other universities in Mexico and abroad.
The former measures come from the fact that, in a globalized world, international education went from being an optional element to an essential requirement. There is an increasing number of higher education institutions that, as part of their academic curriculum, offer their undergraduate and graduate students the possibility of completing an exchange semester abroad. This is shown by the constantly increasing number of exchange students and visiting scholars that we have welcomed each semester since the Academic Exchange Office’s creation.
The Academic Exchange Office’s mission is to structure and oversee the continued internationalization of El Colegio de México, as well as to facilitate undergraduate and graduate students’ and scholars’ mobility.
In particular, the Academic Exchange Office manages more than 65 academic cooperation agreements that El Colegio de México holds with institutions around the world: North and South America, Asia, Africa and Europe. These agreements involve activities such as students’ exchange programs, professorships, scholarships and financial support, among others. These are lively and dynamic agreements that enrich our students and professors with academic experiences in the host country, as well as with the presence of remarkable scholars and students from universities of international prestige.