Every year, NHI partners with host colleges and universities that are actively seeking to enroll bright Latino students at their campuses. Often, these colleges and universities sponsor a big part of the total cost of the program by allowing us to use their facilities, coordinating meetings and having staff available at all times to ensure the safety and security of our students.


Host of the Texas Great Debate (4Day)

Austin College

Sherman, Texas

Austin College is a private, residential, co-educational college that focuses on the importance of fostering lively intellectual and social interactions within their students, who are known for being constantly active and involved in community programs.

Learn more about Austin College here

Host of the Texas Star Great Debate (6-Day)

Schreiner University

Kerrville, Texas

Schreiner University is a private university committed to ensure quality and innovative undergraduate and graduate learning experiences by fostering spiritual, personal, and professional growth in its students while preparing them for success and continued service.

Learn more about Schreiner University here

Host of the Northeast Great Debate (6-Day)

Villanova University

Villanova, Pennsylvania

Villanova University is a Catholic Augustinian community of higher education, committed to excellence and distinction in the discovery, dissemination and application of knowledge. Villanova is known for encouraging students, faculty and staff to engage in service experiences and research, both locally and globally, so they learn from others, provide public service to the community and help create a more sustainable world.

For the past 15 years, Villanova University has been the only campus that has an NHI office that operates all year and whose focus is helping our recruitment efforts in the Northeast region as well as in Latin America.

Learn more about Villanova University here

Host of the Midwest Great Debate (6-Day)

Augustana College

Rock Island, Illinois

Augustana College is a private, selective liberal arts college located on a 115-acre campus near the Mississippi River in Rock Island, Illinois. Its focus on creating a well-rounded experience for students has generated an environment of learning that goes beyond the classroom. Augustana ranks sixth among all colleges and universities for total number of Academic All-Americans. This environment that cultivates successful students also extends beyond our campus through community programming as well as special networking and social opportunities for our alumni.

Learn more about Augustana College here

Host of the Texas Ambassador Great Debate (4-Day)

University of Texas at Austin

Austin, Texas

The University of Texas at Austin provides superior and comprehensive educational opportunities at the baccalaureate through doctoral and special professional educational levels. Its core purpose is to transform lives for the benefit of society.

Learn more about the University of Texas at Austin here


Host of the Colorado LDZ

Colorado State University

Ft. Collins, Colorado

Founded in 1870 as the Colorado Agricultural College, Colorado State University is known for being among the nation’s leading research universities and attracting more than $300 million in research funding annually. Located at the base of the Rocky Mountain foothills, Fort Collins was ranked sixth “Best Place to Live” in America in 2010 by Money Magazine.

Colorado State University just celebrated 25 years of hosting the Lorenzo de Zavala program in their campus. NHI wants to thank all the faculty and staff members who have made this possible and who continue to support our efforts.

Learn more about Colorado State University here

Host of the New York LDZ

University of Rochester

Rochester, New York

The University of Rochester is one of the country’s top-tier research universities. Founded as “an institution of the highest order” and guided by the motto Meliora or “Ever Better,” the University of Rochester seeks to solve the greatest challenges of the 21st century by empowering our students and creating innovative connections among education, humanities, music, the social sciences, science, engineering, and health science.

We want to specially thank Jonathan Burdick, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, who personally oversees the program every year.

Learn more about University of Rochester here

Host of the California LDZ

University of San Diego

San Diego, California

The University of San Diego is a Roman Catholic institution committed to advancing academic excellence, expanding liberal and professional knowledge, creating a diverse and inclusive community, and preparing leaders dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service. It is also a nationally preeminent Catholic university known for educating students who are globally competent, ethical leaders working and serving in our complex and changing world.

Learn more about San Diego University here

Host of the National LDZ

University of St. Francis

Joliet, Illinois

As a Catholic university rooted in the liberal arts, the University of St. Francis boasts a community of learners challenged by Franciscan values and charism, engaged in a continuous pursuit of knowledge, faith, wisdom, and justice, and ever mindful of a tradition that emphasizes reverence for creation, compassion and peacemaking. They seek to prepare women and men to contribute to the world through service and leadership.

Currently, the University of St. Francis hosts the largest LDZ with over 200 students attending from all over the United States, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Panama.

Learn more about the University of St. Francis here

Host of the Texas LDZ

Saint Mary’s University

San Antonio, Texas


Host of LDZ Las Americas

Ciudad del Saber

Panama City, Panama

Just a few minutes from downtown Panama City, the Ciudad del Saber (City of Knowledge) is strategically located across from the Panama Canal. Some 120 hectares and more than 200 buildings of what was once the Clayton military base are now home to a booming international community established for the purpose of business, academic, scientific and humanistic collaboration.

The City of Knowledge’s mission is being an international platform for knowledge management to promote sustainable development and the competitive advantages of Panama.

Learn more about Ciudad del Saber here


Host of the International CWS

Saint Leo University

St. Leo, Florida (Tampa Bay)

Established in 1889 by the Order of Saint Benedict of Florida, Saint Leo University seeks balanced growth in mind, body, and spirit for all members of their community. Saint Leo has grown from a peaceful campus in the rolling hills of Central Florida to an institution of international consequence – ranked one of the best regional universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report.

The Tampa-area campus remains committed as ever to student-centered liberal arts education, and is strengthened by the global reach of their regionally accredited online programs and Education Centers in seven states across the U.S., including on many military bases.

Host of the Northeast CWS

Cabrini University

Radnor, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)

Cabrini University is a Catholic institution of higher education dedicated to academic excellence, leadership development, and a commitment to social justice. Inspired by the example of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, who dedicated her life to making the love of Jesus visible in the world, this college strives to make her vision of Catholic identity a reality throughout the living and learning environment of the College.

The College welcomes learners of all faiths, cultures, and backgrounds and prepares them to become engaged citizens of the world.

Learn more about Cabrini University here

Host of the Texas CWS

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas (Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex)

UNT is a nationally recognized university and is listed as one of the Best of the West by the Princeton Review. It is a major public research university deeply committed to advancing educational excellence and preparing students to become thoughtful, engaged citizens of the world.

Learn more about the University of North Texas here