International Students in Mexico

International Students in Mexico

Total international student enrollment:
7,689

Number of institutions represented: 115

Type of institutions represented: public and private

Top 10 sending places of origin and percentage of total international student enrollment 

Place of Origin Number of Students Percent of Total
1 France 1,448 18.8%
2 United States 1,015 13.2%
3 Spain 757 9.9%
4 Germany 745 9.7%
5 Colombia 514 5.5%
6 Canada 378 4.9%
7 Australia 231 3.0%
8 South Korea 223 2.9%
9 Argentina 215 2.8%
10 The Netherlands 205 2.7%
All Others 1,958 25.5%

Places of origin by region

 1 Europe  48%
 2  North America 18%
 3  South America 15%
 4  Asia 7%
 5  Central America and the Caribbean 3%
 6  Oceania 3%

Top fields of study

 1  Social Sciences 36.2%
 2  Humanities 23.1%
 3  Medicine and Health 20.8%
 4  Engineering and Technology 15.8%
 5  Natural Sciences 2.6%
 6  Agricultural Sciences 1.6%



Definitions: Data correspond to international students enrolled in Mexican higher education institutions (or dual citizens enrolled in a foreign university who travel to study in Mexico) between August 1, 2010 and July 31, 2011.

Included in this category are students in:
1. Short-term or degree programs at the undergraduate or graduate level
2. Certificate or diploma programs, courses with curricular value or Continuing Education
3. Language studies
4. Internships or social or community service
5. Postdoctoral or research residencies

Source: Patlani Mexico. (2012). Patlani: Encuesta Nacional de Movilidad Estudiantil Internacional de Mexico [Patlani: National Survey of Mexico’s International Student Mobility]

Total international student enrollment:
2,880 (2007)

50% of the institutions surveyed include international students.

Number of international students, by level of study:
Undergraduate: 1,748
Graduate/post-graduate: 201
Non-degree (all levels): 931

Top 10 sending places of origin and percentage of total international student enrollment

Place of Origin Number of Students Percent of Total
1 United States 992 34.4%
2 France 446 15.5%
3 Canada 180 6.3%
4 Spain 173 6.0%
5 Germany 158 5.5%
6 Japan 63 2.2%
7 Australia 61 2.1%
8 United Kingdom 50 1.7%
9 Colombia 39 1.4%
10 Chile 38 1.3%
All Others 680 23.6%



Source: The National Association of Universities and Institutions of Higher Education (ANUIES)

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