The OSU Spears School of Business organized a study abroad trip to Central Mexico

Sunday, December 13, 2009

With the assistance from the OSU Mexico Liaison Office, the Spears School of Business organized a winter intersession study abroad course to Central Mexico. From December 13th to December 22nd, 2009, Dr. Jim Pappas, Associate professor of the Management Department, taught the course in Mexico entitled Strategic Issues in Latin America. On this trip, students had the opportunity to visit Mexico City, Puebla, Taxco and Acapulco, including cultural visits to Teotihuacan pyramids, Castle of Chapultepec, Metropolitan Cathedral, National Palace, stock exchange, and Taxco’s famous silver mines.

The combination of visiting sites with significant cultural and historical value, as well as sitting in on valuable guest lectures at UPAEP and UDLA, helped to introduce OSU students to the rich and vibrant culture, history, and beauty of central Mexico. Most of all, the program provided students with a general background of the business environment of Mexico, necessary to be competitive in today’s business world.

Christopher Long, a student from the trip, had the following to say about his enriching and educational experience:

This trip was the most valuable experience I have had here at OSU. Not only did I learn about Mexico's business environment by visiting sites such as the Mexican stock exchange and the Volkswagen Mexico plant, but I also learned to appreciate Mexican history and culture, visiting the National Anthropology Museum, Chapultepec Castle, the pyramids of Teotihuacan, and even a local food market. This experience went far beyond academics, providing an experience that changed my outlook on the world and has made me appreciate the diverse world outside of the US in a way that classroom learning cannot.

For more information about study abroad programs offered in Mexico, please contact the OSU Mexico Liaison office or visit our website at