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Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN)

Av. Luis Enrique Erro S/N Zacatenco Ciudad de México,
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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Programs available

Undergraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

Escuela Nacional de Biblioteconomía y Archivonomía

Escuela Nacional de Medicina y Homeopatía

Escuela Superior de Economía

Escuela Superior de Enfermería y Obstetricia

Escuela Superior de Física y Matemáticas

Escuela Superior de Ingeniería Química e Industrias Extractivas

Escuela Superior de Ingeniería Textil

Escuela Superior de Medicina

Escuela Superior de Turismo

Unidad Profesional Interdisciplinaria de Ingeniería

Unidad Profesional Interdisciplinaria en Ingeniería y Tecnologías Avanzadas

Postgraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

Centro de Innovación y Desarrollo Tecnológico en Cómputo

Centro de Investigación en Biotecnología Aplicada

Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo de Tecnología Digital

Centro Mexicano para la Producción más Limpia

Unidad Profesional Interdisciplinaria de Ingeniería

Unidad Profesional Interdisciplinaria en Ingeniería y Tecnologías Avanzadas

University Highlights

Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN) is one of the top Public universities in Ciudad de México, Mexico. It is ranked #701-750 in QS Global World Rankings 2021.

Total students - 120,639


Total faculty staff - 7,767


Total students - 120,639


Total faculty staff - 7,767

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