Our nations share deep cultural ties exemplified by over 40 million Americans of Mexican descent who cherish their roots and cultural traditions, and millions of Americans who visit Mexico each year for tourism, study, or business. A key part of our commitment to strengthen bilateral ties between our nations is expanding opportunities for interaction in the educational and cultural spheres.
The United States Mission in Mexico oversees and implements several programs sponsored by the American people for Mexican citizens to support young leaders, students, civil society, journalists, teachers, and entrepreneurs. These programs focus on building people-to-people relations to foster mutual understanding, enhance professional partnerships and collaboration, and strengthen a healthy exchange of ideas across all sectors between our two countries.
For generations, Mexicans and Americans have benefited from a range of U.S.-sponsored educational and cultural programs. These programs symbolize the breadth and depth of our most consequential bilateral partnership. More importantly, the personal ties forged during these programs endure for decades and alumni continue to positively contribute to their communities. Their successes symbolize the lasting partnership between the people of Mexico and the United States.
Additionally, the United States has a long tradition of welcoming Mexicans at public and private educational institutions, where they contribute to the intellectual and cultural dynamism of campus life. We are committed to expanding the numbers of academic exchanges between our nations to reflect the strength of our bilateral relations. Mexican citizens interested in studying in the United States are urged to visit one of the twenty three EducationUSAMexico advising centers. EducationUSA is a U.S. Department of State network that promotes U.S. higher education to students around the world by offering accurate, comprehensive, and current information about opportunities to study at accredited postsecondary institutions in the United States. The EducationUSA Advisors provide free and unbiased information on U.S. higher education opportunities to Mexican students. We look forward to welcoming you soon!
We strengthen bilateral ties between our nations by expanding academic and cultural exchanges. Participation in an exchange program is not a one-time event, but rather the beginning of an exchange of ideas that continues throughout a participant’s life. We want to make sure we remain engaged with our alumni, and develop ways to connect with each other, share opportunities, and continue building bridges among our communities.
With approximately 15k + alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs, Mexico has one of the largest and most diverse U.S.-government exchange alumni communities in the world. Over the years, hundreds of former exchange program participants have risen to important positions in Mexico, including two presidents, one presidential candidate, local governors, and multiple legislators, as well as luminaries from the media, civil society, and business fields.