Mexico has always been one of the hottest travel destinations for tourists. Attracted by its gorgeous and diverse landscape, a unique culture that mixes tradition and modernity, and its delicious & lip-smacking cuisine, millions of visitors throng the nation each year. And now, the country’s world-class universities offering the least expensive yet quality higher education in North America are fast making it an international education hub for students too.
Following a similar format to European universities, Mexico’s higher education system has consistently been ranked among the world’s best, and many of its over 2000 public and private institutions of higher learning feature among the top 200 in the world. Most public universities in Mexico have minimal tuition fees, and while private universities charge substantially more, they are quite affordable compared to US or Canada.
For Indian students too, studying abroad in Mexico promises to be a fulfilling and rewarding experience. The country shares a time-zone as well as its borders with the United States, making it a viable business destination for American firms and companies who have a substantial presence in the region. Its proximity to U.S. and affordability compared to its northern neighbours have also prompted major Indian IT firms like Wipro and TCS to establish their presence in Mexico. Moreover, while Mexico shares its borders with the USA, culturally it is quite similar to India. Mexico lies at that perfect sweet spot between third-world chaos and first-world comfort, and Indians are likely to view it with equal measures of fascination and familiarity.
It is important to note here that the language of instruction at Mexican universities is usually Spanish. Although, there are a few programs taught exclusively in English, you would be well advised to learn the language to get the most out of your study abroad experience.
CITIES TO CONSIDER
- Mexico City – The city of palaces, Mexico City, does not only hold the record for the city with the largest number of museums but is also home to some of the best universities in Latin America. At the top of the list is UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), consistently ranked the best in Mexico and among the top 150 in the world. Other notable universities include Ibero University, or Universidad Iberoamericana, a prestigious private university with notable alumni like Salma Hayek and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.
- Monterrey – Monterrey is the commercial, industrial, educational, and transportation hub of the northern part of Mexico. With a booming economy, it’s the second-richest city in the nation and an important hub for many global companies. The leading university in the city is Tec de Monterrey, or ITESM (Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey), a private university founded in 1943. Ranked among the top 200 universities in the world, ITESM offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs across disciplines.
- Queretaro City – Queretaro City, or Santiago de Querétaro, is the capital and largest city of the state of Querétaro, located in central Mexico. The city and its surroundings are home to some of the most important universities in Mexico with UNAM, ITESM and Universidad Anáhuac campuses present in the city. It is also home to the first U.S. university campus in México, A-State Queretaro, a campus of Arkansas State University, USA.
- Puebla – Puebla is the fourth largest city in Mexico and is situated close to Mexico City. The city is known for the many students coming from all over Mexico and the world to study at one of the prestigious universities, such as UDLAP (Universidad de las Américas Puebla) and BUAP (Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla). Puebla is a beautiful city – it’s city centre has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Centre – and an amazing place to spend your time as an international student.
- Guadalajara – Located six hours from Mexico City, Guadalajara is the second most populated city in Mexico and known as the “Mexican Silicon Valley” for being the most important technological cluster in the country, recognized worldwide for the development of the software industry. The city is also home to the University of Guadalajara, or UDG (Universidad de Guadalajara), regarded as the most significant university in the state of Jalisco and the second in the country, only behind UNAM.
Indian students who wish to enrol for more than six months in a Mexican School, College or University, either public or private, must obtain a Temporary Resident Visa for Students. To obtain the visa, you must a letter of acceptance from the University mentioning the course details, as well as provide proof of economic solvency to cover the cost of studies.
Applications must be made at the nearest Mexican consulate before travelling to Mexico.
It is important to note that a student visa for Mexico does not give you permission to work in the country during your stay.
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR INDIAN STUDENTS
India and Mexico have a bilateral Academic Exchange Program (AEP), under which Mexico offers Indian students 6 scholarship slots for postgraduate studies in Mexico.
To know more about the scholarships, do write to:
Under Secretary (Scholarship), Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Higher Education, 2nd Floor, Wing-6, West Block-1, R.K. Puram, Delhi-110066
Many public universities in Mexico offer scholarships to international students, which are also available to students from India.
The land of Mayan ruins, mariachi music, and tacos and tamales, has plenty of everything to offer for students from around the world, and should definitely be on your list of countries to study abroad.