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  • Locations: Tijuana, Mexico
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: SDSU applicants only
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Program Description:
Through a special exchange agreement, SDSU graduate students may attend classes at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF), a prestigious research institute located in Tijuana, Mexico. SDSU graduate students of ANY department may take classes at COLEF in the areas of Economics, Urban Development, and a handful of other social sciences. 
This program is administered by the SDSU Center for Latin American Studies. Prospective applicants must complete consult with the program coordinator (Alana Rodriguez)  and their graduate adviser prior to submitting an application.

Program details:
  • The language of instruction at COLEF is Spanish, fluency is required to attend classes.
  • Students pay normal SDSU tuition and enroll in LATAM 750
  • Up to two, three-unit courses may be taken at COLEF per semester
  • Participants may be concurrently enrolled in classes at SDSU other than LATAM 750
  • COLEF provides transportation from the border to campus and back on class day.
  • Additional information on the program including available courses at COLEF can be viewed on the Center for Latin American Studies website.
Program location:
COLEF is located on the toll road between Tijuana and Rosarito, approximately 45 minutes from SDSU and about 20 minutes from the San Ysidro border crossing.
Minimum Cumulative GPA 2.00
Minimum Class Standing Graduate
Provider's Host Institution Website Information
General Instructions Students interested in applying must contact the program coordinator. 
Program Cost: Students pay normal SDSU tuition to enroll in the course.
Student Expenses:
  • Students will need a valid passport or border crossing card
  • Mexican FMM card "tourist visa" ($20 for the semester purchased at the border during the fist crossing)
  • Enrollment into SDSU's Foreign Travel Insurance Program ($60.00 per semester)
  • Transportation to and from the border (trolley: $5 day pass, or private car: $7 for parking)
Program Coordinator: Alana Rodriguez, 619-594-1104
Additional Contact: Dr. Ramona Perez,, 619-594-1155
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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.