Mexico, located in the southern portion of North America, has an educational system with a long history. It’s first university, The Royal and Pontificial University of Mexico, was established by royal decree in 1551. Since then, the country has developed a vast tertiary educational network, amassing more than a 100 different universities and institutions of higher education. The public university system can be broken down into Federal universities and National universities, which is a distinction made based on its controlling authority. Also, there is a large technical institution system in the country, branching out from the National Technological University. These branches amount to several dozen institutions. Additionally, there are about 50 other Universities with a Technological focus. The country also has a large list of private universities, both technological and generally focused. The official government website has detailed information: http://www.sep.gob.mx/.
To apply to a Mexican Higher education system, one needs to submit their application to each university separately, just like in the US: the whole application process is very similar. The application process varies greatly from university to university. In general, higher education usually follows the US education model with an at least 4-year bachelor's degree undergraduate level (Licenciatura), and two degrees at the postgraduate level, a 2-year Master's degree (Maestría), and a 3-year Doctoral degree (Doctorado), followed by the higher doctorate of Doctor of Sciences (Doctor en Ciencias). This structure of education very closely conforms to the Bologna Process started in Europe in 1999, allowing Mexican students to study abroad and pursue a master's degree after Licenciatura, or a Doctoral degree after Maestría. Between 2016 and 2017, around 25 thousand international students were studying in the country.
Tuition fees at universities in Mexico vary depending on the course you take and the institution you choose. Although the average costs of higher education overall are around US$5,000 per year, this varies quite a lot. Public universities in Mexico can charge as little as $378 up to $818 per year for undergraduate programs, while private institutions will charge considerably more, between $1,636 and $16,353 per year.
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Mexico is a diverse and beautiful country. Studying there, one can experience everything from swimming in caves to skiing and rock climbing. Most Universities are either in the capital, Mexico City, which makes for a vibrant student experience, or Puebla, which is Eastern Mexico’s biggest hub for students. Cost of living in Mexico is generally quite low, factoring in everything a student can get away with a budget of only 500$ a month, even in the big, more expensive cities.