Losing American Students, Mexican Universities Struggle Against a Scary Image

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Steve Ambrus for The Chronicle

The Autonomous Popular U. of the State of Puebla is seeing fewer exchange students from the United States. Here, Nicholas Dowland and Joseph Hoover, two American students, talk with Carolina González, a Mexican student.

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Steve Ambrus for The Chronicle

The Autonomous Popular U. of the State of Puebla is seeing fewer exchange students from the United States. Here, Nicholas Dowland and Joseph Hoover, two American students, talk with Carolina González, a Mexican student.

Like most Mexicans, Eugenio Yarce has been deeply affected by the violence between drug cartels and the Mexican army, which has filled news coverage with accounts of kidnappings, assassinations, and torture.

But for Mr. Yarce, deputy rector for outreach here at the private Autonomous Popular University of the State of Puebla, or Upaep, the bloodletting has taken an added toll. Responsible for overseeing international programs, he has lost 20 full-time and 130 summer students from the