Study in Mexico

Higher Education in Mexico

Higher education in Mexico follows a similar format to universities in Europe and the US with bachelor’s (licenciatura) degrees taking four years to complete, while master’s (maestría) degrees last two years and a PhD (doctorado) is three years long. The country’s higher education system was featured as one of the best worldwide in the latest edition of the QS Higher Education System Strength Rankings, ranked 31st.

Many of Latin America’s most recognised universities are located in Mexico. The Universities in Mexico are often split into two types – private and public institutions. These can then be further split into either professional development universities or scientific research universities, which will be dependent on the subject you choose to take.

How much does it cost to study in Mexico?

Public universities in Mexico can charge anywhere between $378 and $818 per academic year. Private institution charge much higher tuition fees for bachelor’s degree studies, their tuition fees usually fall in the range of $1,636 and $16,353 per academic year.

What are the entry requirements for Mexican universities?

To apply to study in Mexico you will need to apply directly to the university via the admissions department. Admissions requirements vary from institution to institution but you may be asked to take an entrance exam, and/or a test of language proficiency depending on your circumstances.

Do I need a Student Visa for Mexico?

Students looking to study a degree in Mexico will need to apply for a student visa if their course lasts longer than six months – which will be the case for the majority of international students studying for undergraduate degrees.
If you are planning to study in Mexico for longer than six months, you will need to apply separately for a student visa via the Mexican embassy or consulate in your home country. To do this you will need to have been officially accepted onto a course at a Mexican university.
To gain your student visa, you will need to provide a valid passport (valid beyond six months of your planned stay), proof of acceptance into a Mexican university, proof of sufficient funds (US$300 per month of stay) and proof of your return ticket. Visa fees vary, but typically range from US$18-$30.

Your student visa will be valid for just 30 days in Mexico, during which time you’ll need to apply for a resident’s permit with the National Registry of Foreign Citizens. This permit will be valid for up to a year, allowing you multiple entries into the country.

Fast Facts

  • The country claims the second largest economy in Latin America after Brazil.
  • The currency is the peso (1 peso = 100 centavos).
  • The main language is Spanish.
  • A major industry in the country is the production and exportation of oil.
  • Mexico shares borders with Guatemala, Belize and the US, as well as the Pacific Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico.
  • International students can’t work whilst studying in Mexico.
  • Tuition fees start at US$378 per year at public universities.
  • You will need at least US$300 for food and rent costs each month.
  • Mexico is split into 31 states.
  • In 1994 it became the first Latin American member of the OECD.
  • Home to 35 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Major agricultural products include rice, soy beans, wheat, corn and beef.
  • Greater Mexico City is among the world’s largest urban areas, with a population of more than 19 million.
  • Popcorn was domesticated in Mexico about 10,000 years ago