UAG International Dimension
The Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara (UAG) was founded in 1935 as the first private university in Mexico. The UAG is a coeducational, nondenominational and nonprofit organization. It is independent, autonomous, and it is not affiliated with or dependent on any government, church or political party. Continue reading
The University is proud to be thoroughly Mexican and, at the same time, to emphasize its orientation to international education. The UAG has some of the best educational facilities in the country, covering an area of more than 10 million square feet, distributed in 5 campuses in the area of Guadalajara city: Main Campus (C.U.), the Institute of Biological Sciences, the Health Sciences Campus, and the University in the Community (UNICO). The UAG also owns other campuses in the states of Colima, Nayarit and Tabasco. In addition, the UAG has two hospitals, one Experimental Agricultural Center and three university hotels and convention centers.
The UAG has a current enrollment of more than 15,000 students, 85% of whom are Mexican, while 15% come from 25 different countries. The institution employs around 300 full-time and 900 part-time, highly qualified, faculty members. Within the areas mentioned above, the UAG offers 38 undergraduate programs, more than 60 master’s programs and graduate specializations, 3 doctoral degrees and 15 associate degree programs.
The Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara has always been distinguished among Mexican universities by its long and fruitful participation in international education initiatives, which are coordinated and supported by its International Programs Office (DPI), which is the main link between the UAG and many international institutions worldwide.
Throughout its history, the UAG has preserved its Mexican roots and cultural values, while, it is also recognized both at home and abroad as an internationalized university. The UAG has graduated tens of thousands of foreign students all through the seventy eight years of its existence.
The UAG is worldwide recognized in the education field because of its excellent academic programs and its active involvement in the most relevant international organizations such as: IAUP (International Association of University Presidents), OUI-IOHE (Inter-American Organization for Higher Education), UDUAL (Association of Universities of Latin America and the Caribbean), CONAHEC (Consortium for North America Higher Education Collaboration), and GULERPE (The Latin American Group for the Rerorm and Improvement of Education), among others.
The UAG has participated in study abroad organizations such as: NAFSA (Association of International Educators), EAIE (European Association for International Education), CIEE (Council on International Education Exchange) and AIEA (Association for International Education Administrators), just to mention a few.
The UAG holds cooperation agreements with more than 100 institutions from all over the world. Therefore, UAG students and faculty members are provided with outstanding opportunities to participate in many training and mobility programs abroad.
Additionally, around 2,000 degree seeking students from other countries come to UAG to benefit from our broad range of academic programs, mainly in the field of medicine. Foreign students can also participate in our exchange programs for one or two semesters, or they can also come independently to study our Spanish Language and Culture courses.
The International Programs Office of the UAG has implemented a series of specially tailored programs in all academic areas with a number of international higher education institutions to fulfill certain specific needs. Such programs can last from one week up to a whole year, from joint master’s degree programs to advanced courses, summer terms, special programs, custom made programs, joint research projects, etc.
In order to expand its international dimension, the UAG created the Center for Asian and Latin American Studies, the Center for Canadian Studies and the International Language Center.