About Alliant's Mexico City Campus

Alliant International University’s Mexico City campus was established in 1970 with the vision of overcoming global differences through education.

Alliant Mexico offers degree programs at the bachelor’s and master’s levels, and all classes are taught in English. Students can transfer between Mexico City and the San Diego campus without interrupting their degree programs, giving them greater international understanding and experience.

In addition to its degree programs, Alliant Mexico offers community outreach programs through seminars, business training, certificate courses, and internships. The Internship Program allows students to gain practical work experience while receiving university credit.

About the Zona Rosa district

The campus is located in the Zona Rosa District of Mexico City. This lively neighborhood, full of galleries, cafes, restaurants and bookstores, promises great activity, day and night. Less than one block from Avenida Reforma, Alliant is within walking distance of some of the major businesses and corporations of Mexico as well as to some of the most beautiful historical sites of the city´s center.

The Zona Rosa is located conveniently close to Mexico City's Centro Histórico. It lies on the southern side of the famous Paseo de la Reforma (a long tree-lined street modeled after the Champs-Elysées with its many historic monuments and traffic circles, referred to here as glorietas). The Zona is also bordered by Chapultepec Avenue to the west and Insurgentes and Florencia Avenue to the west and east.

At the metro station, leave through the exit marked Salida Genova, often crowded with noisy vendors of pirated CDs and other trinkets. From there, walk a few short blocks north. You will know that you have arrived when you find yourself walking along streets that are named after European cities, like Genova, Dublin, Oslo, Hapsburg, Warsaw, and Nice.

The Zona Rosa became an important residential zone at the beginning of the century during the dictatorship of Porfirio Díaz (which ran, nearly uninterrupted, between 1877-1910). For that reason, houses in the Zona Rosa are often called casas porfirianas. The area was then called la Colonia del Paseo because of its proximity to Paseo de la Reforma. Early in the century, wealthy families, including many prominent financiers of the era, began to move to the French-style mansions in the area.

Around 1968, when Mexico hosted the Olympic games, the area became a popular tourist spot. It was then that it was dubbed the Zona Rosa, which is most often translated as the Pink Zone or the Rose Zone. Many of its buildings were painted varying shades of pink, and housed fashionable restaurants and shops that had moved into the area, making it the posh commercial district that we see today. The Mercado Insurgentes, once a typical food market, began to cater to tourists, selling Mexican folk arts and souvenirs of all kinds. With the growth of commercial activities, many families moved to other outlying residential areas, turning the homes they left behind in the Zona Rosa into stores or offices. The area is still packed with stores, hotels, restaurants and bars. Though known for its quality antique shops and leather and jewelry stores, you will probably be able to find almost anything you need in the neighborhood.

Founded by financiers, the area is also still one of the financial centers of the city. The first branch of Bancomer was located in Genova Street. Citibank has its central offices near. The Stock Exchange, formerly located downtown, also moved to the area in the 1980's. If you walk through the Zona Rosa during business hours you will find the area buzzing with business people. No matter what time you pass through, you will also likely see foreigners from around the world taking in the sights. The Zona has also become an area of focus for the gay and lesbian communities.

This is a lively place to take a walk, enjoy some shopping, and to enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants or cafes. Many restaurants are concentrated in a plaza on Genova Street between Reforma and Hamburgo. The plaza is often full of pedestrians as well as vendors selling art, candles, and even fruit on the sidewalk.

Map of the Campus Location