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Originally founded in 1792, the University of Guadalajara is among the largest and most respected institutions of higher learning in Mexico. Its Foreign Student Studies Center was first established in 1948, offering foreign students the opportunity to learn Spanish and to acquire knowledge on Mexican and Latin American culture as well. The Latin American Studies courses include history, art, economics, literature, philosophy, etc. The Foreign Student Studies Center has an average of 2,500 students per year from a wide variety of nations.
The Foreign Student Studies Center has two primary goals:
• To help non-Spanish speaking students acquire the sufficent linguistic skills to communicate in Spanish in real-life settings.
• To offer "cultural" courses in social and humanities areas to those students interested in learning more about the Latin American reality. These courses are taught by teachers with advanced academic degrees inside the University.