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ITESO - Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara| Study at ITESO| Study Abroad Programs

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Institutional Profile

ITESO is the Jesuit university of Guadalajara in Mexico. It was founded over 50 years ago by a group of Jesuits, families and local business leaders who sought a different kind of university that would combine rigorous professional training with an education that would inspire men and women with a profound sense of social responsibility and justice. ITESO programs are imbued with the educational philosophy of Jesuit institutions, recognized worldwide for training well-rounded leaders in the fields of the arts and sciences.

With approximately 9 thousand students, ITESO offers a robust combination of professional updating and scientific production in its recognized technology, engineering, humanities and social sciences programs in the region. ITESO boasts high academic standards in both its undergraduate and graduate programs, as recognized by different accrediting agencies.

It is the first private university of the central-western region of Mexico to offer graduate programs of excellence recognized by the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT, in its initials in Spanish) and the Mexican Society for the Public Communication of Science and Technology (SOMEDICYT). Of all the private universities in the country, ITESO has the greatest number of professors in the National System of Researchers (SNI), the greatest number of books published, as well as an outstanding library.



ITESO is located in the Guadalajara metropolitan area, Mexico’s second most important city founded in 1542. Guadalajara is a captivating metropolis, full of contrast and tradition, home to almost 5 million inhabitants and boasts a wonderfully temperate climate.  Guadalajara is an important business hub and center for technological development that has attracted a significant concentration of electronic firms. Its vibrant cultural life includes concerts, and other relevant events, such as the International Book Fair, the Guadalajara Film Festival, and the 2011 Pan American Games.

Guadalajara has a unique location, it is close to beautiful beaches, to colonial cities and Mexico City - More information:


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  • Founded in 1957
  • Current enrollment 8,600
  • 1,200 Faculty members
  • 27,000 alumni
  • 100 acre campus (40 Ha.)
  • Library with over 250 thousand volumes and access to digital data banks.
  • Specialized laboratories for chemistry, electronics, design, television, radio and photography.
  • Athletic facilities: soccer fields; tennis, basketball and volleyball courts; gym; track and field facilities.
  • Local network with 2,300 computers, Wireless Internet access
  • 28 undergraduate programs
  • 13 master programs
  • 3 PhD programs
  • Spanish courses for international students
  • 317 agreements with universities overseas, local and federal government, local enterprises.
  • Member of the most important university associations, at national and international level.
  • University Centers, such as Language Center, Enterprise-University Center, Small & Medium Business Development Center, Cultural Center, Social Research,  Counseling


University life

  • International and National Exchange Programs - More information
  • Internships
  • Technological and Generic Enterprise Incubators - More information
  • Cultural Activities - More information
  • International Conferences
  • Social/Community Projects - More information
  • Environmental Projects
  • Job placement office
  • Landscaped areas and botanical garden covering 40% of the campus


Academic Calendar:


Information for International Students:

You can study at ITESO as an exchange student, for a semester or an academic year, if your university has an agreement with ITESO.

You can still study at ITESO as a visiting student, even though your university does not have an agreement. In both situations, you will have to apply through our Study Abroad Office

If you are a visiting student, tuition fees will apply.


The application deadline is:

April 15th, for the fall semester

October 15th, for the spring semester.

For more information, contact:  Paula Zañudo or Kitzia del Hoyo


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