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ESP at the University of Guanajuato, Mexico

1 Outline of University Guanajuato, Mexico
University of Guanajuato, Mexico, is located in the highlands at about 350km north-west of Mexico City. The city of Guanajuato developed as one of the oldest and biggest silver-extraction center in Mexico. It is also a registered world cultural heritage site, where Spanish colonial streets are preserved to the present day. It is a cultural city in which students and university staff account for the majority of its population of 140,000. In the center of the city, in a valley surrounded by the hills, beautiful houses and architectures are built, presenting a picturesque landscape.
University of Guanajuato is a distinguished university established in 1732 by the Society of Jesus. It is an autonomous university, whose faculties include law, economics, engineering, medicine, architecture, chemical sciences, psychology, literature, etc. It is a member of the prestigious National Association of Higher Education Institutions, whose membership is given only to the selected academic institutions. In Mexico, it is important for academic institutions to achieve certification from the government Commission for the Assessment of Higher Education. At University of Guanajuato, Accounting Course, Business Administration Course and Economics Course have already achieved certification.
There are thirty-one campuses located in forty-six cities/towns/villages, forty-four school buildings in ten cities/towns/villages, ninety-five affiliated academic institutions in thirty cities/towns/villages, throughout the State of Guanajuato. The number of regular students enrolled is 24,000; the number of research students and non-degree students are 20,000 (as of January 2003).
2 Courses Available
At the Language Center of University of Guanajuato, more than 2,200 students study nine different languages: English, French, Japanese, Italian, German, Russian, Spanish, Latin and Greek. Shiga University students on ESP are to start their training in Spanish in this Language Center. SU students on ESP are exempted from regular course fees; however, students must pay for the summer intensive course (about USD 600) starting in early July for one month period.
Programs/faculties & institutions related to the majors at Shiga University and offered at University of Guanajuato include:
  • Faculty of Accounting/Finance: CPA, International Trade, Tourism (available at faculty level); business administration, finance (available at master's course level)
  • Faculty of Business Administration: business administration, quality/productivity control, management information system (available at faculty level); human resources management, business organization development, business administration (available at master's course level)
  • Faculty of Economics: economics (available at faculty level)
  • Job Training Course (two years): CPA assistant training, tourism cost management, international business, office automation
  • Research Institute of Pedagogy
3 Accommodation
As there is no university housing available, it is recommended students stay with Mexican families recommended by the university. Most of such families are friendly toward Japanese people and have experience in accepting students from longtime exchange partners, i.e. Shiga University, University of Shiga Prefecture and Seisen University, as well as students on Mexican Government Scholarship program.
4 Living Expenses
The cost for the homestay specified by the university is USD 400 per month, including the costs for a private room, three meals per day, and laundry. Campuses are located in walking distances, so it is sufficient to have money to buy commodities or go on a trip during holidays. Prices are much lower than in Japan.
5 Security
Guanajuato is in a safe and orderly environment.
6 URL
http://www.ugto.mx
7 Other Remarks
In FY2005 two students and in FY 2006 one student from Shiga University studied at University of Guanajuato with private funds.
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