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.
In this section, we highlight the overall performance of Mexican universities on the institutional level per U-Multirank dimension. The table below shows the national breakdown of Mexican universities and how they stand across the spectrum of above average (receiving a score of ‘A’ (very good) or ‘B’ (good)), versus below average (receiving a score of ‘D’ (below average) or ‘E’ (weak)). In doing so, U-Multirank offers a clear picture on the country’s strengths and areas for improvement.
It becomes apparent that in general Mexico's higher education institutions perform strongest in U-Multirank’s teaching & learning and regional engagement dimensions.
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.
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.
No matter the reason, paying high tuition fees can be a source of stress for many. However, there are many options for financing your studies, including the use of scholarships. There are various scholarship opportunities available for international students looking to study in Mexico. Depending on your country of origin and the level of studies, there are different options for funding. To explore what scholarship options are available, check this scholarship database.
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 less than six months, you can enroll at a Mexican university as a tourist. Depending on your nationality you may or may not need to pay for a tourist visa upon arrival at the airport.
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.