Mexico is a traveler's paradise, crammed with a multitude of opposing identities: desert landscapes, snow-capped volcanoes, ancient ruins, teeming industrialised cities, time-warped colonial towns, glitzy resorts, lonely beaches and a world-beating collection of flora and fauna. The bursting megalopolis of Mexico City is a one-hour flight from the tropical rainforests and Mayan villages of Chiapas. Up along the northern border, Mexico's tumult of heritages merge with the air-conditioned cultures of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
Mexico's profusion of people and landscapes reflects the country's extraordinary history - part Amerindian, part Spanish. One look at this country is enough to remind visitors that there is nothing new about the so-called New World. Despite the considerable colonial legacy and rampant modernization, almost 60 distinct indigenous peoples survive, largely thanks to their rural isolation. This mix of modern and traditional, the clichéd and the surreal, is the key to Mexico's immense popularity as a travel destination.
Of all the countries in Latin America, Mexico welcomes the most number of international exchange students in study abroad programs every year. The Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, commonly known as Tec, was founded in 1943 by a group of entrepreneurs headed by Don Eugenio Garza Sada. Seeking to educate professionals and equip them with the skills needed to succeed in the business world, Tec de Monterrey has developed into an institution recognized, nationally and internationally, for its academic excellence.
A private non-profit nationwide university system, Tec de Monterrey is comprised of 29 campuses spread throughout 26 Mexican cities. The international study abroad program is only available on eight campuses, including Guadalajara.
The former capital of New Galicia, Guadalajara rises up majestically over the Valle de Atemajac. The city represents the essence of Mexicanness: traditional, conservative ideas imbued with the spirit of its nearly 500 years of history expressed in a contemporary, cosmopolitan city. The capital of the state of Jalisco, with the second largest population in Mexico, is the place of residence of an industrious, friendly people that have striven to build one of the most attractive, comfortable and richest cities in Latin America.
Guadalajara, set in a fertile valley in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Occidental enjoys an exceptional year-round climate together with the benefits of one of the country's largest hydrological networks. The wealth of this city, which has always played a key role in Mexican history, is evident in the strength of its manufacturing industry, which mainly produces consumer goods, and its intense cultural life.
The Guadalajara Campus was founded in 1991 on 91 acres (close to 225 hectares) of land in the northwest outskirts of the city. Magnificent gardens surround the campus making it a beautiful setting to roam each day. Students enjoy amenities including:
* The Cyber Plaza - an outdoor computer lab and meeting place.
* 100% wireless internet connections.
* A modern gym and Olympic-size swimming pool.
* Three soccer fields, a 400-meter track, baseball diamond, and basketball, volleyball & tennis courts.
Guadalajara boasts a variety of non-academic activities bound to spark your interest. The campus offers workshops in singing, dancing, and music. Or, if sports is your strength, you're also invited to participate in the intramural tournaments or join our varsity teams and compete in the Inter-Campus Tournaments held each semester. In addition, the International Programs' Office organizes various trips to Michoacan - only a few hours from Guadalajara, Mexico City, Guanajuato and more.
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