UD offering classes to people living in Mexico as part of inaugural ‘Dreamers Program’

The University of Dayton is offering people living in Mexico the chance to earn a certificate from the school.

UD is teaching classes in Mexico City that will allow people to earn a certificate from the university along with the ability to teach English as a foreign language.

There are 15 people currently enrolled in what UD has deemed the “Dreamers Program” in Mexico, according to the university. In an announcement today, UD officials said the program is for “dreamers, refugees and other men and women who have returned to their native countries or (have) been deported from the U.S.”

The program is a partnership with Spain-based publishing company Grupo SM and its foundation called Fundación SM.

The program was started to help meet the demand for English language teachers in Mexico, according to UD. The Mexican government requires children to begin learning English in preschool.

The certificate offering is a six-month program and includes in-person instruction in Mexico City along with online work. Each person enrolled in the program has received a scholarship from Fundación SM, according to UD.

UD and its partners plan to offer more classes after the current ones conclude sometime in July.

“There is a real strength in these students’ bi-national, bi-cultural experience, and we know it will be highly valuable to the young people who study under them,” said Brenna Seifried, program coordinator for UD’s English Language Institute.

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