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    Spring 2014/01 New Students Thread

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    This is a thread for new students starting January 2014 to chat and connect.
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    Nice! We have a lot of questions like a student visa for example...

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    Hello. I did all of my schooling in the US. I, too, am planning on applying for January 2014. I take the July 25 MCAT and I'll be applying as soon as I get my score.

    I see the UAG Student Manual on here hasn't been updated in quite a while. Any protips from current students regarding

    • Applying and interviewing for the medicine program
    • Financial Aid
    • Classes in the first semester
    • Any visas I would need
    • Visas for my spouse
    • Ideas for my spouse for what to do while I study medicine
    • Getting a car permit vs nationalizing a US car vs buying a cheap used car with Jalisco plates
    • How to go about housing


    would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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    Submitted my application! Waiting for my MCAT, which I pushed back to September 11.

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    I called the admissions office and they told me it started with interviews in September for the spring semester 2014. If any additional information or knows one has already interview appointment we would be excellent to be kept informed outstanding. thanks!!

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    Here are a few tips that I wish I were told before I started school.
    1) Keep a record of EVERYTHING. Many documents tend to get lost and there's no unified computer system to track anything you turn in to the school.
    2) Do not argue because it'll just cause you hypertension, which will lead to a headache. If they say they need a copy of your FM3 (student visa) then give them a copy of your FM3, even though they have a validated document from Mexican immigration stating your residency here in Mexico is valid.
    3) Do not hassle yourself with getting your FM3 in the USofA. The one you get is temporary and you're still going to have to go through the entire same process here at UAG. I highly recommend flying in on an FMM (tourist visa) and during your orientation week the school will assist you step by step to obtain your FM3.
    4) Make sure to put your game face on during your interview. Before, everyone believed all you needed is a pulse and a checkbook to be enrolled and granted admission, but... last semester a friend of mine who was accepted to ROSS was denied admission after her interview. Note: you will receive a refund of the inscription fee ($1,500.00) if you're denied admission after your interview.
    5) Dress code for class (yes, dress code!) is white scrubs. They tend to be over priced here in Guadalajara, so if I were you stock up on some white scrubs. You'll need them throughout your stay here. White polo’s or anything with a collar as long as it's white is acceptable. Pants must be white. Oh, shoes, too! You're gonna be whited-out!
    6) Starting first semester you'll be doing PMC (Program of Medicine in the Community) which requires you to have your own diagnostic kit. Medical equipment here are, also, slightly more expensive than the US, I recommend buying your goodies before you come out. (Diagnostic kit to include: Stethoscope, Sphygmometer, Halogen diagnostic set, mercury thermometer, measuring tape, tuning fork).
    7) Living arrangements could be a hassle for those who wait till the last minute. If you interview and were accepted, I recommend you take a trip to Guadalajara and look for locations to live in and rent in advance. You will not regret this.
    8) There's a city just outside of Guadalajara known to students as The Furniture Heaven. Its actual name is Tonala. You can find brand new furniture there for half the price of any store in Providencia, the fancy colonia in Guadajalara where our school is located at.
    9) Do not hassle yourself in buying books off Amazon just cause they're cheaper. Luckily for us, there are no copyright laws here when it comes to making a copy of an entire book, loading it up as a pdf and selling it to students for 1/10th the price here in Mexico. Also, the first weekend after your orientation week, there's a welcome picnic held where you can meet current students and buy their books from previous semesters. The books that are sold are usually the ones recommended by the course teachers. You can also find cars, furniture, and sometimes pets for sale at this picnic.
    10) Currency exchange tends to be a big hassle here except for those with Bank of America accounts. BofA is affiliated with two Mexican banks here, Scotia Bank and Santander Bank. You can use their ATM's as if they were BofA's ATM's. Meaning there is no withdrawal fee and the exchange rate will be determined by BofA at the end of the market close rate; the exchange rate is usually better than when you go to a currency exchange place to exchange your money. And, when you withdraw it's in Pesos not Dollars. Get a Bank of America account; it'll be worth it!
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    Also, If you've been accepted and looking for a place, take a look at my post in the classifieds section: http://www.valuemd.com/uag-medical-s...-building.html

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    All these tips are in the student manual in the forum. If you think something needs updating, let me know!
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    Hi guys,

    I have a room for rent in my apt. Iam a Uag student. The room has a private bathroom,all utilities included( water, electricity, gas, maintenance, internet) is fully furnished. 4000 pesos monthly. A month deposit is required. Email me at susey 16 at hotmail for pics.

    Enjoy your day!

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    Hi, I just got accepted and I am looking for furniture packages if someone can help me there, if not a furnished apartment. Thank you!

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