Maria Garza-Cienfuegos, Director of International Students Services, joined a group of Midwest colleagues on a recruiting trip to Washington, D.C. through Study Minnesota Embassy Visits. Study Minnesota is an independent nonprofit organization that promotes MN as a final destination for international students studying abroad. It is sponsored by the U.S. Commercial Service at the federal level and the Minnesota Trade Office at the state level. Study Minnesota’s main goal is to offer outreach opportunities for student recruitment to its 39 educational institutions in Minnesota; SMU is one of these institutions. One of the highlights of this trip was the opportunity to network at the highest diplomatic levels where public relations efforts have a significant role in recruiting international students. In addition, at the embassies of Colombia and Mexico, Maria was able to speak about experiences with exchange students that SMU has had from international Lasallian Universities. Her discussions also included information regarding SMU’s ESL program located on the Winona Campus. At the Mexican Embassy, she had the opportunity to ask more questions about Proyecta 100,000, a program that aims to send Mexican students to the U.S. SMU submitted two English language learning Proyecta 100,000 proposals, one for teachers during Summer 2016 and a second for college students for Fall 2016.

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