Proyecta 100,000 was established with the goal of sending 100,000 Mexican students to study at colleges and universities in the United States and attracting 50,000 U.S. students to study abroad in Mexico by 2018. The program complements President Barack Obama's 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative that aims to increase educational exchanges in the Western hemisphere.
In addition to taking English language classes through the English Language Institute, students participate in academic and cultural activities on campus. One-day trips to Springfield and Chicago are planned as part of their cultural enrichment experience.
Illinois State University is proud to be a supporting institution for this program and looks forward to welcoming new groups of participants in the Proyecta 100,000 program.