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PNCA announces new study abroad program in Monterrey, Mexico

by Linda Lenhoff,


Beginning spring semester 2024, Pacific Northwest College of Art students will have the opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of Monterrey, Mexico, in a new study abroad program at the University of Monterrey’s College of Architecture, Art, and Design. Students can take a deep dive into Mexico’s culture while exploring the region’s outstanding art heritage.

PNCA BFA Illustration and Foundation Assistant Professor Phoenix McNamara is excited to be the on-site faculty lead on the program. “This is a great opportunity for students who are curious but possibly nervous about studying abroad,” says McNamara. “Housing and food are simple; students pay their regular Willamette tuition with their regular financial aid package; and they will go with a dynamic group of students from across the consortium schools.”

McNamara shares that the semester will allow students to both study at an incredible design school and experience Mexican culture. “They'll be enrolled in a Mexican culture class, and day trips to other cities, such as Mexico City and Oaxaca, will be offered.” Students do not have to speak Spanish but will have an opportunity to learn and practice the language if they like.

Students can easily take advantage of this study abroad program:  They will earn Willamette credit and pay Willamette tuition, and they can use all of their existing scholarships and grants. In addition, PNCA students can apply for an additional study abroad scholarship worth up to $5,000. Classes will be available in both Spanish and English, and secure on-campus furnished dorms (with exercise rooms/gyms) will be provided. Parents will be happy to learn that the program includes 24-hour access to medical and mental health services.

The University of Monterrey has trained professionals committed to the development of their community for more than seven decades.

Monterrey is the capital of the northeastern state of Nuevo León, Mexico, and the country’s third largest city. The university is located in the suburb of San Pedro Garza García, which a 2018 study identified as having the best quality of life in Mexico and which Lonely Planet highlights for its “urban hipster nightlife.”

Applications are due by Feb. 10, 2023. Click here for more information.  

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