08/28/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Schools Cancel Mexican Study-Abroad Programs As Violence Rages

From perfecting their use of the subjunctive in colonial Puebla to exploring the anthropological aspects of Tijuana's gritty underside, American college students have long used Mexico as a learning lab. This summer, however, far fewer will be venturing across the border, as universities and students alike fear the violence tied to drug gangs that have caught some innocents in the cross-fire.