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5 Reasons Why You’ll Want To Study Business In Guadalajara

By Stephanie L

Updated February 23, 2021 Updated February 23, 2021

Sponsored by EGADE Business School at Tecnológico de Monterrey

Located in western Mexico, the city of Guadalajara boasts a unique cocktail of history, culture, innovation, technology, and business – all complemented by its growing reputation in higher education.

If you’re looking to get ahead in business with an MBA or Master in Business Management, here are five great reasons why it’s worth considering studying in the city of Guadalajara. 

Its impressive business culture and emerging technology hub

Skyscraper buildings

The region of Bajío is one of the most productive and developed regions in all of Latin America, and the city of Guadalajara is considered the economic center of it, thanks to its thriving economy. With multinational electronics and technology companies such as Hewlett Packard, Siemens, IBM and Intel among others setting up base in Guadalajara, it should come as no surprise that it’s been nicknamed the Silicon Valley of Mexico.

Many EGADE graduates have forged careers as managers, directors, department directors and executives for companies such as VISA and MasterCard, Google, Amazon, General Electric, and Nestlé.

Innovative startups are also popping up all over the city presenting a number of opportunities for recent graduates. In fact, 26 percent of EGADE graduates have founded their own company which have all generated at least eight jobs. Fast forward five years and 90 percent of these graduate startups are still going strong.

One of the country’s best-ranked business schools has a campus in Guadalajara

EGADE Business School - Guadalajara campus

Image credit: EGADE Business School at Tecnológico de Monterrey

With global tech giants establishing research centers and offices in the city and surrounding area, it’s little wonder higher education institutions are doing the same.

EGADE Business School has several campuses across Mexico – one of which is in Guadalajara. Its ‘triple crown’ accreditation and innovation-led curriculum is a spearhead for the development of global executive talent. And while many degree programs are taught exclusively in Spanish, at EGADE Business School’s Guadalajara campus the Master in Business Management is taught in English.

In fact, the Master in Business Management ranked in the top 40 worldwide and first in Latin America in the QS World University Rankings: Masters in Management Rankings 2021, while also ranking 16th for employability.

Its entrepreneurial spirit

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Image credit: EGADE Business School at Tecnológico de Monterrey

As we’ve only just mentioned, Guadalajara is a flourishing hotbed for business, entrepreneurship and the economy. As a result, recent investments in research and development projects in Jalisco has made the state (and the city of Guadalajara) a hotspot for solid entrepreneurial culture and intrapreneur activity.

EGADE Business School has its own thriving entrepreneurship ecosystem which offers incubator and accelerator programs for student startups as well as plenty of exciting events to help foster student entrepreneurship.

Such entrepreneurial spirit has led to the establishment of Talent Land and the Singularity University summit, which attract thousands of attendees each year to learn more about the tools and evolving trends in technology to help them stand out in what is becoming an increasingly competitive world – regardless of industry, sector, or organization.

Its history and culture will charm you

Beach resort in Mexico

What was once a small colonial community is now a bustling metropolis, thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem, state capital of Jalisco, and home to mariachi music, tequila, perfect all-year-round weather, and a lively and welcoming student cohort. 

EGADE’s Guadalajara campus arranges tours and events throughout the year for international students to learn more about the local area and culture, while almost half of the Master in Business Management is made up of international students, so you’re sure to be surrounded by a group of like-minded individuals who are keen to make the most of their study abroad experience in Guadalajara and the state of Jalisco.

Its geographic location is a gateway to other major Mexican cities, the seven magic towns of Jalisco, and many tourist destinations, including the resort of Puerto Vallarta, Lake Chapala, and the iconic canyon of Barranca de Oblatos, which offers stunning views, hiking trails, and picnic spots.

The city’s well preserved colonial 18th century architecture is also a sight to behold. The Catedral de la Asunción de María Santísima (Cathedral of the Assumption of Our Lady) located in the heart of Guadalajara, lends itself as a visual reminder of its distinctive history.

Not forgetting as well the International Mariachi and Charraría Festival. Guadalajara is known as the birthplace of mariachi groups, and since 1994 it has brought the International Mariachi Festival to town.

It’s a chance to explore Mexico and the rest of the Americas

Exploring Mexico

Beyond EGADE’s campus is an opportunity to experience adventure. We’ve already mentioned the resorts, lakes and canyons, but there’s still more to see, do and learn!

Mexico is well known for its vast array of UNESCO World Heritage Sites (35 of them, in fact). Near to Guadalajara is Los Guachimontones, a pre-Columbian archaeological site renowned for its ‘round pyramids’ which were formed by the Teuchitlán culture and are an absolute must-see.

Lagos de Moreno, Tapalpa, and San Sebastian are also worthy of a day trip. These are just three out of the 111 ‘magical towns’ around Mexico which attract visitors from all over the world, thanks to their well-preserved centuries-old local culture and heritage.


If you’re looking for a rewarding study experience in a bustling city that offers the best of business, academics and culture, Guadalajara is just the ticket.

Lead image credit: Roman Lopez on Unsplash

This article was originally published in November 2020 . It was last updated in February 2021

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As the Head of Sponsored Content for TopUniversities.com and TopMBA.com (until September 2021), Stephanie created and published a wide range of articles for universities and business schools across the world. She attended the University of Portsmouth where she earned a BA in English Language and an MA in Communication and Applied Linguistics.

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