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Study a graduate program in Mexico

Graduate programs in Mexico

Mexico is about more than just beaches, Spring Break and amazing food – it’s also a highly respected and very popular study destination, with a distinct character and culture.Study in Mexico

Studying a graduate program in Mexico offers international students the chance to live in a country with a huge population, growing prospects and an expanding economy. You could study in cities as diverse as Monterrey, Guadalajara or the big Distrito Federal – Mexico City itself.

Come study in Mexico and discover this amazing country – beaches, culture, art, history and a booming economy – you won’t regret it.

Population: 118,400,000

Education overview

Higher education in Mexico follows the US model, with Masters degrees normally taking two years to complete and PhDs three years.

There are two different types of institution in which you can study a graduate program in Mexico, depending on the subject you choose to study. These can also be split into public and private institutions:

  • Professional development universities
  • Scientific research universities

Although most courses in Mexico are taught in Spanish, many are beginning to teach modules in English too to attract more international students. It’s also important to note that most Mexican institutions do not accept part-time enrolment.

Immigration and visas in Mexico

Students looking to study a graduate program in Mexico will need to apply for a student visa if their course lasts longer than six months. You will need to apply through the Mexican consulate or embassy in your home country.

Students looking to study a graduate program in Mexico will usually need to demonstrate the following:

  • You have a confirmed place on a course at a recognised education institution
  • You have sufficient funds in place to support yourself during your studies
  • You have paid all relevant visa fees

It’s important to note that a Mexican student visa does not give you permission to work during your time in Mexico. You will also need to register with the National Registry of Foreign Citizens within 30 days of arriving in Mexico.

Life in Mexico

The Mexico you experience will depend on the place you choose to study in. You could be on the beaches of the Yucatan, the bustle of the mighty Mexico City or somewhere altogether calmer like Oaxaca or Puebla. Wherever you decide to study, you’ll get to experience the staples of Mexican culture – amazing food and lots of music.

Mexicans are renowned for their sociability and love of partying. As an international student in Mexico, you should expect to spend plenty of time enjoying the Mexican sun, with more than 10,000km of coastline and Caribbean reefs to explore in your spare time.

However, don’t expect things to go to schedule. Mexicans are notorious for their poor time keeping and manana attitude, so it’s best to get into the spirit of things and adopt the same laid back lifestyles as your new neighbours.

Working in Mexico

Mexico has Latin America’s second largest economy after Brazil and is one of the world’s fastest growing economies. This is a vast country, with economic interests in many different fields including electronics, automobiles and energy. Tourism also plays a huge role in Mexico’s economy, with it being the most popular overseas country for Americans.

Although international students are not allowed to work in Mexico as part of the terms of their student visas, there may be opportunities to work after graduation. Growing industries in Mexico include science and technology, and in particular the telecommunications industry.

Accommodation

International students coming to Mexico have three main options for housing:

  • University provided accommodation
  • Private accommodation
  • Homestays

Most graduate students in Mexico will opt for university provided accommodation, at least for the first few months of their study. This will allow them to settle into Mexican life more easily and get to know fellow students.

Private accommodation is perfect for those international students who are travelling with families, but is much harder to organise from outside of Mexico. A good compromise may be to try a homestay for a couple of months, where you will get to live with a Mexican family first. This will allow you to develop your language skills while also learning more about the Mexican way of life.

Climate in Mexico

Mexico’s climate varies from the tropical to the extremely hot. This is a country which has more than its fair share of sunshine.

The Tropic of Cancer runs through Mexico, dividing its climate into tropical and temperate zones. The fact that many major cities in Mexico are located high up in the Valley of Mexico means that they experience a temperate climate year round.

The wettest months in Mexico are between May and July, with hurricane season at its most dangerous between August and October.  

Transport

Mexico is a massive country, so getting around will take time. Mexico has an extensive road network and coach travel between cities is common and most major cities have airports.

Rail travel is less common in Mexico, although both Mexico City and Monterrey have metro systems, while Guadalajara has a light rail system.

Car pollution is a major issue in big cities like Mexico City, with restrictions on the days of the week that drivers can use their cars.

Currency

The currency of Mexico is the peso.

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