News & Highlights


Good Neighbors: FDU Signs New Partnership Agreements in Mexico, Puerto Rico

This month Fairleigh Dickinson University signed exchange agreements with two universities in Latin America, CETYS University in Mexico and Universidad del Turabo in Puerto Rico. These agreements allow for exchanges of faculty and students between partner institutions. FDU students may begin to study abroad at CETYS and UDT in Fall 2013. Additionally, both new partners joined the university's Dos Mundos (Two Worlds) program. The Dos Mundos program allows FDU students to study for one or two full years with an approved international partner, providing opportunities to immerse oneself in a new culture or renew a connection with a family heritage.

(Photos 1 and 2) From left to right: Jason Scorza, Vice Provost for International Education (FDU), Fernando Leon Garcia, Rector (CETYS). (Last photo) From left to right: David Méndez Págan, Vice Rector for International Affairs (UDT), Dennis Alicea, Rector (UDT), Liz Nigrinis, Assistant Director for Global Partnerships (FDU), Jason Scorza, Vice Provost for International Education (FDU), Rafael Nadal Jr., Assistant to the Vice Rector (UDT).

"Adding Mexico and Puerto Rico to Dos Mundos provides exciting new study opportunities for FDU students," said Liz Nigrinis, Assistant Director for Global Partnerships and Director of the Dos Mundos (Two Worlds) Program. FDU already has similar agreements with universities in Italy, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Korea, and Israel. "Although Puerto Rico is legally a territory of the United States, it has a proudly independent culture with Spanish, African, and Taino influences," said Jason Scorza, Vice Provost for International Education. "As such, FDU students studying at UDT will have a powerful international and intercultural experience."

Founded in 1961, CETYS University ( is a private institution located in Mexico's Baha peninsula. Two CETYS campuses are located along the US-Mexico border, in Tijuana and Mexicali, while a third campus is located in Ensenada, along the Pacific coast, approximately ninety minutes from the San Diego airport. CETYS University offers courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels, in both English and Spanish. CETYS is the first university in Mexico to be granted accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in the United States.

Founded in 1972, Universidad del Turabo ( is a private institution located 15 miles southwest of San Juan. UDT offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses taught in Spanish, including Engineering, Science and Technology, Health Sciences, Education, Business Administration, and Human and Social Sciences. The UDT School of Business is accredited by the American Association of Colleges and Schools of Business (AACSB) in the United States while the university as a whole is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the same organizations that accredit FDU.

For more information about the Two Worlds program contact Liz Nigrinis at For more information about Study Abroad contact Brian Swanzey at



Thursday, September 27, 2012
Memorandum of Understanding Signing with new partners
Global Partnerships
FDU Press Release: