Activities and Opportunities
Participants are encouraged to immerse themselves in the local culture through extracurricular activities at the university. International students also have the option of participating in a monthly excursion to a historically or culturally significant location in and around Guadalajara. (The costs associated with these optional excursions are not included in the program fee.)
Student activities and clubs at UAG are also open to international students. Participants are encouraged to take part in the North American Students Association, which promotes intercultural understanding between study abroad and Mexican students.
Living with a host family provides students with valuable insights into Mexican life and culture. Students are placed with local families in a private or shared room, and are provided three meals per day. Homes are typically located in residential areas convenient to campus; students generally walk or take a short bus ride to class.
"Studying abroad is the best decision I have ever made, I am so grateful I took advantage of this opportunity. This experience will stay with me for the rest of my life, I have learned so many new things I could never learn at home and made lifelong friends. Mexico is so incredible I extended my stay!"
- Margi Garrison, Central Washington University
"The program has been a life changing experience for me. I was only going to study for 8 weeks at the University but after the first 2 weeks I knew I wanted to stay and study longer because of the atmosphere and people. I have met life long friends, I have learned life long experiences, and I have recieved a good education. The culture is very diverse and I have enjoyed many aspects of the Mexican culture. The people are very friendly and welcoming, the food is wonderful, and the weather is awesome. The classes have been great because they are very small . I am very glad I made the decision to study in Guadalajara and look forward to coming back to visit or even study here again."
- Scott Alexander, Central Washington University
"I really like Guadalajara because the big-city life does not drown out the typical Mexican traditions. An added bonus is that there are several small municipalities and towns on the outskirts of the city where a large number of artisans make and sell their products. My favorite cultural experiences so far have been seeing mariachis perform in a variety of places and going to the Ballet Folcl—rico (Folkloric Ballet) that takes place every Sun