Project Atlas | Mexico | National Association of Universities and Higher Education Institutions (ANUIES)

About Mexico

Reported Mexico academic mobility data is made available by the National Association of Universities and Higher Education Institutions’ (ANUIES) Patlani Report.

Fast Facts: Mexico

  • There were more than 12,700 international students in Mexico during the 2013/14 academic year.
  • The top five places of origin of in-bound international students in 2013/14 were the United States, France, Colombia, Germany and Spain.
  • The most popular destinations for Mexican students to study abroad in 2013/14 were Spain, the United States, France, Germany and Canada. 

Source: Patlani Report


Inbound/International Student: A non-resident foreign national who crosses the border into Mexico for the primary objective of engaging in educational activities at a Mexican higher education institution. Forms of mobility include both full-degree and non-award short-term students.

Outbound Student: A Mexican student enrolled at a Mexican HEI who pursues short-term or exchange educational activities abroad.

Higher Education Institution (HEI): An entity recognized by the State that offers post-high school education or its equivalent and may provide undergraduate, specialty, masters or PHD level studies.

Public HEI: HEIs funded by the State and include: federal institutions; public state universities; technological institutes; and technological universities.

Private HEI: HEIs that are self-funded and self-administrated.

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