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Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN)

Location Unidad Profesional "Adolfo López Mateos", Ciudad de México Mexico
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Ranking

# 751-800

QS World University Rankings
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74

Undergraduate programs
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125

Postgraduate programs
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3

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Established in 1936, Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN) is a leading institute of public education in Mexico. Our mission is to promote education opportunities for everyone, and to help contribute to the social and economic development of Mexican society.

We’re also one of the largest public universities in Mexico and one of the only vocational schools in the world with 19 technical high schools, 27 undergraduate schools, 20 research and higher education centers, and 16 centers for continuing education.

We specialize in engineering, physics, mathematics, new technologies, medical and biological sciences, as well as social sciences, and are currently ranked the third best university in the country for engineering and technology according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.

Our main campus is based in Mexico City, and we also have another 82 research units located across 23 other states in the country. Almost every course at the Instituto Politécnico Nacional is taught in Spanish. However, we do have some English-taught course which have limited spaces. To find out more, visit our website.

We’re also on Facebook and Twitter.

Established in 1936, Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN) is a leading institute of public education in Mexico. Our mission is to promote education opportunities for everyone, and to help contribute to the social and economic development of Mexican society.

We’re also one of the largest public universities in Mexico and one of the only vocational schools in the world with 19 technical high schools, 27 undergraduate schools, 20 research and higher education centers, and 16 centers for continuing education.

We specialize in engineering, physics, mathematics, new technologies, medical and biological sciences, as well as social sciences, and are currently ranked the third best university in the country for engineering and technology according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.

Our main campus is based in Mexico City, and we also have another 82 research units located across 23 other states in the country. Almost every course at the Instituto Politécnico Nacional is taught in Spanish. However, we do have some English-taught course which have limited spaces. To find out more, visit our website.

We’re also on Facebook and Twitter.

University information

Although entry requirements vary between programs, you’ll need to ensure that when applying you submit the following:

  • High school certificate
  • Secondary school certificate
  • Unique Code of Population Registration (CURP)
  • Copy of your birth certificate
  • 6 (4’x4’) ID photographs


For international students who are interested in studying at Instituto Politécnico Nacional, you may need a visa depending on your country of residence. To find out more about this, click here.


With more than 1,300 laboratories, over 150 workshops and 73 libraries, we aim to offer the best facilities and services for our students. We’re also home to the National Library of Science and Technology, the Conical Auditorium, the Tezozomoc Museum, a planetarium, as well as the Cultural Center which plays host to our very own symphony orchestra.  

We house a language service at the Zacatenco and Santo Thomas Language Centers for both the National Polytechnic Institute community and outside community. You’ll be able to take language lessons in English, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

We’re also very proud of our sporting heritage as we boast an Olympic-sized pool, athletics track, as well as 27 club teams, including American football, archery, basketball, cycling, swimming, volleyball and chess.


Total students

133,839

UG students

95%

PG students

5%

International students

463

UG students

49%

PG students

51%

Total faculty staff

8,262

Domestic staff

98%

Int'l staff

2%

Student life

We welcome approximately 172,000 students across our high school, undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as on average, 100 international students each year.

Although we don’t have official student accommodation, we do offer advice and guidance to help students find suitable accommodation in private residential areas near the campus.


To ensure students are prepared for the world of work, we aim to connect the world of academia with the professional workplace by building and maintaining close contacts with local enterprises as well as international corporations, such as Ford, Microsoft, CFE and GM.

Rankings & ratings

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #551- 600
  • 2014
    #551-600
  • 2015
    #551-600
  • 2016
    #601-650
  • 2017
    #701+
  • 2018
    #651-700
  • 2019
    #651-700
  • 2020
    #651-700
  • 2021
    #701-750
  • 2022
    #751-800

Ranking criteria

20.1
Academic Reputation
50.4
Employer Reputation
10.6
Faculty Student Ratio
3
Citations per Faculty
1.3
International Faculty Ratio
1.2
International Students Ratio
QS Stars is a rating system that helps you select the right university based on your interests. It provides a detailed look at an institution, identifying which universities rate highest in the specific topics that matter to you, like facilities, graduate employability, social responsibility, inclusiveness, and more.

Available programs

At Instituto Politécnico Nacional, we offer a broad range of undergraduate degrees specializing in physics, mathematics, medical and biological sciences, as well as social and administrative sciences.

We also have a number of online undergraduate degrees. Options include social and administrative sciences, and mixed modality university programs. Visit our website for more information.

Entry requirements
Entry requirements vary between undergraduate programs. To find out what entry requirements are relevant to you, visit our website and click on your desired degree program where you’ll find the necessary entry requirements.

How to apply
The application process varies depending on which undergraduate degree you choose to study. You can visit our website and click on the specific undergraduate degree that you’d like to study to find out more information.

You will, however, need to ensure that you submit the following documents, as well as the basic registration form:

  • High school certificate
  • Secondary school certificate
  • Unique Code of Population Registration (CURP)
  • Copy of your birth certificate
  • 6 (4’x4’) ID photographs


We have over 130 postgraduate degree programs available, including specializations, master’s and PhDs in engineering, mathematical and physical sciences, medical and biological sciences, as well as social and administrative sciences. Visit our website for more information.

Entry requirements
If you’re an international student who’s interested in applying to study a postgraduate degree at Instituto Politécnico Nacional, you’ll need to have a relevant bachelor’s degree. For more specific entry requirements, you should visit our website and click on your preferred program.

How to apply
The application process varies depending on which postgraduate degree you choose to study. However, you will need to ensure that you submit the following documents, as well as the initial registration form:

  • Scanned copy of bachelor’s degree certificate
  • Scanned copy of high school certificate
  • Scanned copy of secondary school certificate
  • Unique Code of Population Registration (CURP)
  • Scanned copy of your birth certificate
  • 6 (4’x4’) ID photographs


For more information about how to apply, visit our website and click on your preferred choice of degree.


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