Guadalajara is the second largest city in Mexico after the country's capital, Mexico City. In addition to having the second largest population, it is arguably the second most important city economically and politically as well. Located only a short distance northwest of Mexico City, Guadalajara is well positioned for students interested in exploring Mexico's capital as well as Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, Leon, and many other exciting destinations throughout Mexico. 

Historically, Guadalajara was chartered in the 16th century by Emperor Charles V. The Holy Roman Emperor designated Guadalajara 'a most loyal and noble city.' Over 460 years later, the city still contains many historical, colonial buildings that lend it the beauty and grace of a bygone era. The historic center of the city is perhaps the best example with the Cathedral, the Dellgado Theater, the Plaza de Armas, and many more historic places and monuments.