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Study in Mexico

Although geographically part of North America, bordering the US states of Texas, New Mexico, California and Arizona, Mexico is truly a Latin American country – with its own unique culture and people. Beyond the stereotypical images of sombreros, tacos and tequila lies a culture and history that can be explored for years. Whether it’s the ancient Mayan ruins, colonial churches or the vibrant food, Mexico will constantly surprise you with its mix of cultural traditions and urban modernity.

Highlighting its rich culture, the country is home to 35 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Of these, the best-known is probably the ancient site of Chichén Itzá, named as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. International students may also be attracted by the azure coastlines of Baja California, the vast cactus- and cowboy-covered deserts in the north, and modern, highly developed urban hubs such as Mexico City, Tijuana and Cancun. Although a heavily bureaucratic nation where it’s unlikely for everything to run on time, the country offers a good transport infrastructure, as well as thriving arts and culture scenes. Mexico is especially notable for its music culture, which includes the traditional Mexican folk music of Mariachi.

Currently claiming the second biggest economy in Latin America after Brazil, Mexico has been named one of the ‘TIMBI’ group of countries (along with Turkey, India, Brazil, and Indonesia), which are following close behind the ‘BRICS’ nations as the world’s fastest-growing economies. Keeping up with Mexico’s expanding economy is a strengthening higher education system, making this a study abroad destination definitely worth considering.

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.