I have been in Guadalajara for a month already and I am really enjoying it. I arrived to Guadalajara August 1st and attend orientation for international students for a week. On August 9th I started classes. Guadalajara is the capital of the state of Jalisco and is the 2nd largest city in Mexico. It has the best weather it is 70 degrees the majority of the time and it rains, but mostly at night. Downtown Guadalajara is very busy and you will find a lot of people walking. It does however have beautiful architecture. It has many cathedrals and historical sites throughout the city. One of the things I didn’t like about Guadalajara is that since it is so big everything is spread out and it takes quite a bit of time to get around.
El Tec de Monterrey en Guadalajara is one of 33 campuses throughout Mexico. El Tec is a very small campus compared to The University of Texas. El Tec includes high school students as well. In all there are only about 7,000 students. El Tec is a very nice and clean campus and is located on the outskirts of Guadalajara in a more industrial zone. It takes about 30 minutes to get downtown.
The school system in Guadalajara is strict compared to what I am use to. This school allows no tardies, professors take role for every class, and one is only allowed to miss four times in each class no matter what the excuse is. After four absences in one class the system automatically removes you from that class and there is nothing anyone can do to help you. All of the professors leave homework after every class and I at have at least two major group projects per semester. I am getting ready to take my first test this week and don’t know what to expect. Next time I will be writing about all the places have I visited in Jalisco.