December 2020
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The Global Lens delivers insight and analysis on issues impacting international education in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Learn more about MBZUAI's full scholarships to study AI in Abu Dhabi!

MBZUAI is looking forward to welcoming a second LAC cohort in Fall 2021. Mohamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), the first research university solely focused on AI, is offering full scholarships for MSc and PhDs in Machine Learning, Computer Vision, and Natural Language Processing. Early Applications for Fall 2021 are being accepted until January 15th. Learn more at and start your application today at Good luck with your candidacy as the deadline fast approaches!

Open Doors Report 2020*

* The data on international students is from 2019/20 and the information on study abroad is from 2018/19.  The data on study abroad lags one year behind the information on the international students due to the time it takes them to receive academic credit at their US institutions.

Although there will be a more complete snapshot next year of how Covid-19 will have impacted international education trends, numbers from Latin American students going to study to the USA have remained relatively steady in the past year, with an overall slight decline, but with sustained growth from Costa Rica, Peru and Brazil. On the other hand, the number of US students studying abroad in Latin America have generally declined, notably to Argentina, Brazil and Costa Rica. Take a look at Open Doors® for more insights on Latin America and the Caribbean!

Open Doors®, supported by a grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, is a comprehensive information resource on international students and scholars studying or teaching at higher education institutions in the United States, and U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit at their home colleges or universities. Consult the newly launched Open Doors website here: 

To go directly to resources like infographics, fact sheets and press release, click here
ExxonMobil Scholars - 10th Cohort

Scholarships Awarded to UNAM Students for 10th Consecutive Year

We are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the ExxonMobil Scholarship for Research (ESR), a program funded by ExxonMobil in Mexico and implemented by IIE LAC. The ESR supports last-year students from STEM fields doing a research project at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) with financial support and activities to improve students’ leadership, professional exposure, and increased confidence in communicating in English.

The 10th cohort of talented participants is formed by one student from FES Aragón: Luis A., who studies Electrical and Electronic Engineering; one student from the School of Sciences: Karen, who is pursuing Biology; and four students from the School of Engineering: Daniela and Valentín A., both studying Civil Engineering, Osmar I. majoring in Mechanical Engineering; and Manuel, whose studies focus on Petroleum Engineering.

To learn more about the ExxonMobil Scholarship for Research, visit our website.  

IIE Mexico Provides Safe Assessment Solutions Amid Pandemic

With the implementation of the Digital TOEFL Platform and the remote supervision mode at home, IIE Mexico has managed to support thousands of students from the public and private school systems. Students from K-12 to Graduate levels have been able to safely certify their level of academic English to continue with their academic development. Institutions have been closely guided by our team to comply with test security measures, and meet the high standards expected by parents and teachers. We are proud to be able to provide schools with safe assessment solutions.
Scholars from Cohort 8 at the In-Country Virtual Leadership Seminar representing the following universities: UESC,UFG, UFPR, UNICAMP, and USP.

Cargill Global Scholars is Accepting Applications for Cohort 9

The Cargill Global Scholars Program (CGSP) is a distinctive, two-year scholarship program that provides financial support to undergraduate students in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia, and the United States since 2013. It offers leadership development opportunities through seminars, networking events and a one-on-one mentoring program facilitated by Cargill volunteers globally, and an alumni network that will help you keep connected with past, current, and future scholars. The deadline varies according to the country. For Brazil, candidates from 14 partner universities can submit applications until May 26, 2021.  

To see upcoming webinars, resources, and other information for Brazilian candidates, please click here. Write to if you have any questions.

The NYU Abu Dhabi Team Adapts to the New Normal

Due to the pandemic, the NYU Abu Dhabi LAC Team adjusted all regional student outreach for the 2020-2021 academic cycle to be virtual. This allowed the team to expand their reach to more schools than previous years in order to support students from Latin America and the Caribbean who are interested in applying to NYUAD. In addition to virtual school visits, the team hosted webinars focused on the University and the application process. The team of three Outreach Officers hosted over 175 events this semester compared to eight events in Fall 2019. For the early decision deadline, 11 students have been admitted to NYUAD from the region this year so far. Moving into the spring semester, outreach will continue to be virtual.

For any inquiries regarding the NYU Abu Dhabi Program in Latin America and the Caribbean, please contact

Season's Greetings

Happy Holidays

From our homes to yours, we wish you a happy holiday. This year brought challenges we never anticipated and loss for many. But we know the world of international education is resilient and we are hopeful for the future. IIE is so grateful for your support through this trying year and we can't wait to continue our mission to build a more peaceful and interconnected world through international education and exchange. May you find joy and peace as this year ends and we prepare to begin our work anew in 2021.

¡Muchas gracias! Muito obrigado!

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