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From the busy streets of Mexico City to the beaches of Cancun, Mexico has much to offer international students. It could be forgiven for being slightly overshadowed by its neighbor to the north – the US – but has in fact retained a character and culture entirely its own.
It’s also got a pretty sizeable economy – the second largest in Latin America (after Brazil) – and is included in the ‘TIMBI’ group of countries (with Turkey, India, Brazil, and Indonesia), which are set to replace the ‘BRIC’ nations as the world’s fastest growing economies.
With a strong and growing higher education system to match its expanding economy, Mexico is definitely a study abroad destination worth considering.
Mexico’s highest ranking institution in the 2012/13 QS World University Rankings is the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), at 146. Next are the Tecnológico de Monterrey (306=) and Universidad de Guadalajara (501-550) - and in total 10 Mexican institutions appear in the global top 700.
In regional terms, Mexico accounts for a major chunk of the top universities in Latin America. Some 50 Mexican universities are included in the region's top 300 in the 2013 QS University Rankings: Latin America - only Brazil has more.
See the full QS University Rankings: Latin America >
For many, the first question about Mexico is, ‘Is it safe?’ In general, the answer is yes, as long as you are careful about where and how you travel. Behind all the media coverage of drug trafficking and violent crime lies a country of rich natural beauty, and steeped in historical and cultural heritage.
Mexico is home to four natural areas designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and no less than 31 cultural sites bearing the same label. The list of UNESCO sites even includes a university campus, the Central University City Campus of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, which was built in a collaborative design project between 1949 and 1952.
The resulting design, combining elements of modernity and traditional Mexican culture, has been praised by UNESCO as a fitting tribute to the country’s progress since the revolution of 1910-20 - and in particular its recognition of the importance of education.
A final mention must go to Mexico’s cuisine, which has found worldwide appeal: enchiladas, tacos, burritos, tortillas, salsa, fajitas, guacamole... hungry yet?
See where Mexico City appears in this year's QS Best Student Cities >
Admissions requirements vary depending on the university, but you may be asked to take an entrance exam, and/or a test of language proficiency.
If you plan to study in Mexico for six months or more, you’ll need to apply for a student visa, via your nearest Mexican embassy or consulate. This can only be done after you’ve been officially accepted onto a course at a Mexican university.
As part of the visa application procedure, students are asked to submit proof that they have sufficient funds for the duration of the course.
International students in Mexico are not permitted to pursue part-time work. Within thirty days of arrival, you must register with the National Registry of Foreign Citizens.
Learn more about studying in Mexico City >
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