Mobility program provides valuable international experience

Delivering an outstanding international experience for UNB Saint John students to study abroad is exactly what the North American Mobility Program (NAMP) in Higher Education is doing.

Unique opportunity

Mario Abrego, a NAMP exchange student from MexicoIn 2010, as part of the NAFTA agreement, UNB Saint John was awarded funding by the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) for NAMP to promote exchanges, research and connections with other universities, cities and communities in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.

Students have a unique opportunity to study abroad in the U.S. and Mexico at Georgia University; University of Vermont; Universidad Veracruzana or Technologico de Monterrey. In return, UNB Saint John hosts students from the U.S. and from Mexico as part of the exchange.

"Students gain invaluable experience, both at home and abroad," explains Joe Galbo, UNB Saint John sociology professor and NAMP project manager.

Funding is provided

Funding for the program provides eligible students with up to $5,000 for international transportation, a living stipend, a small book/research allowance and language training if needed.

Since part of the research agenda is to examine perceptions and misperceptions people in the U.S., Mexico and Canada have of each other, and to examine the ways in which national policies affect events across borders, students in their third and fourth-year of study in arts, or social sciences are eligible.  But it isn't limited to just these areas.

"The grant is open to any student interested in cross-cultural North American studies," said Dr. Galbo Balancing a full course load, students involved participate in a course in public policy taught online so everyone can join, regardless of location. 

Just do it

"The people I have met in residence are now good friends,” says Mario Abrego, a NAMP exchange student from Mexico. "I really like UNB Saint John, and I find the courses and professors fantastic."

Krisanne Stout, a psychology and health sciences student who recently studied at Georgia Southern in the U.S. as part of the exchange encourages other students to study abroad.

"I loved meeting so many amazing people and learning about southern culture as well as cultures of my friends that I met from all over the world," said Ms. Stout. "It was an amazing experience that I wouldn't trade for anything."