An International Education: Students from Mexico Learn about U.S. Legal System through Berkeley College Study Abroad Program

FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2016
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Berkeley Mexico Study AbroadArturo Patrón is pursuing a law degree in Mexico. But what he learned this week in a New York City classroom has ignited his interest in intellectual property law and given him an international perspective. 

Mr. Patrón is one of 21 students from Universidad Anáhuac Mayab in Merida, Yucatán, Mexico, participating in an inbound study abroad opportunity at Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan. The week-long legal curriculum covers topics in immigration law, international business and leadership. 

“The U.S. legal system is very interesting to me,” said Adolfo Calderón Sabido, another student in the program pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Administration in Mexico. “I’ll be able to apply many of the things I’m learning here in my country.” 

On Thursday, the Mexican students, many of whom are already working in law and the private sector, networked with professionals from the U.S. Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and other agencies who spoke about topics in cyber-crime and cyber-security. 

“Because of the proximity of our countries, it’s useful for these students to know how the U.S. legal system works,” said Shaun Winter, Professor, Legal Studies, Berkeley College School of Professional Studies, who shared experiences from his career with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office. 

With help from an interpreter, Mr. Winter discussed cyber threats that cross international borders, including terrorism, identity theft and child endangerment. 

Richard Olivieri, JD, Professor, Legal Studies, Berkeley College School of Professional Studies, said exposure to international law opens career paths, giving the students an edge in their home country. 

“The world is a much smaller place today,” said Mr. Olivieri, a 21-year veteran of the Berkeley College faculty. “Our countries have a lot more in common than you might think.” 

Absalón Álvarez Escalante, Director of the Universidad Anáhuac’s Law School, agreed. 

“This is a great experience for our students, who are already well prepared to participate in international business or to work in collaboration with law enforcement,” he said. “There is an opportunity for partnership both ways between the United States and Mexico.” 

This is the third year the University has enrolled students in the Berkeley College program. 

The inbound Study Abroad program at Berkeley College began in 2007 with a class of 31 students. This year, the program will welcome more than 400 international students from countries such as Germany, France, Spain, Norway and Denmark for abbreviated study abroad programs. The College projects that it will enroll more than 500 international students in the Study Abroad program in 2017. 

“The Study Abroad program has made Berkeley College a global name,” said Manuel Correa, PhD, Berkeley College Academic Head of Noncredit International Programs, adding that curriculums vary from business to legal studies to fashion. “Programs like this strengthen international relations and global commerce, and there is no better place for these students to learn than at the center of it all in New York City.” 

More International News: In April 2016, Berkeley College partnered with Fresenius University of Germany, offering a designated space for the University’s international program in New York City. Click here to learn more.

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,300 students – including more than 700 international students – in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers a Master of Business Administration degree in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ. 

Berkeley College has five New Jersey campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. In New York there are three campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans, both for the third consecutive year. The website address is

 Berkeley Mexico Study Abroad

Photo Captions: (Top right) Students from Universidad Anáhuac Mayab in Merida, Yucatán, Mexico, visit Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan for a week-long legal curriculum covering topics in immigration law, international business and leadership. (Above) Charles Barr, Professor, Legal Studies, Berkeley College School of Professional Studies, shares his experiences in private-sector security with the students.

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