Study Abroad in Mexico: 3 Amazing Universities

By Joaogabriel (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

By Joaogabriel (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Many people look to Europe when planning their year abroad or when thinking of studying in a new and foreign land, however, Mexico may just be the ticket you’ve been looking for. Despite being part of North America, Mexico has a distinctly Latin American feel, with a much different day-to-day lifestyle than Canada or the United States. It’s got a rich history going all the way back to the Mayans, not to mention its amazing food, wonderfully friendly people, and vibrant language.

The country is also perfect for people looking to travel cheaply, as the cost of living is much lower than almost every European country, and there are many amazing sites and locations to explore on a shoestring budget. It even has 31 UNESCO World Heritage Sites – what’s not to get excited about? If you’re contemplating studying abroad in Mexico, we’ve compiled a list of universities that are the perfect jumping off point for your research into where exactly you’d like to study:

Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP), Puebla.

BUAP has a long history in Mexico’s educational system, dating all the way back to 1825 and still continuing strong today. It offers 77 undergraduate degrees, 55 master’s degrees, and 18 doctorate study options, so it’s fair to say that there is more than enough to pick from at BUAP if you’re considering studying there, regardless of the level you wish to pursue.  They offer such a wide variety of programs that every faculty is well represented, with offerings from cinematography to applied physics, and agronomy to public accounting.

BUAP also prizes itself as an institution that offers its students well rounded educations; wanting students to interact with the community and work on their own success as much as they wish to work on building a stronger, healthier community. They offer sports and recreational activities for everyone, and do their best to provide you with as much help and assistance as you may find yourself needing as a foreign student settling in abroad.

It does depend on what you want to study, but on the whole most programs are conducted in Spanish, and you will need to show that you have at least intermediate proficiency (European framework level B1 or higher) in order to be admitted for full time study.

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Universidad Iberoamericana (IBERO), Mexico City.

IBERO is considered one of Mexico’s top private educational institutions and is known across the country for its sterling programs. It offers 34 bachelor’s degree programs, 23 master’s degrees, and 10 doctoral study options, which gives you a wide variety of topics. You can study anything from nutrition and food science, physical engineering, graphic design, and urban-design projects (just to name a few) at IBERO.

The campus is large (around 48 hectares) as well as modern, and located in a lovely area of Mexico city, though they do offer practical information regarding crime statistics and information on how to keep yourself out of trouble while studying there on their website. The campus also houses sports fields, book stores, convenience stores, a radio station, an amazing library and several auditoriums.

In addition to all of the above,  individual students are offered the opportunity to apply for their study abroad programs with or without a university agreement, which is helpful for those looking to get away for a semester. Note that you will need to sit a Spanish placement test when you arrive – you can expect to be held to an intermediate level or higher when applying for full time study.

Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM), Mexico City.

UAM was founded in 1974, making it one of the younger universities on this list. The school offers 75 undergraduate programs and 75 graduate programs, as well as boasting over 52 000 students. It’s a huge place to study, and easy to see why people are attracted to it.

One of the things that sets UAM apart is what it offers in terms of sustainability, both in the way the school is run and in the programs that they offer. Different academic divisions within the university offer sustainability degrees and research, such as their Economics and the Management of Technological Change degree, or their degree in Rural Development.

UAM also offers state of the art facilities, including their laboratories. They provide students with design workshops, nanotechnology and molecular engineering labs, and approximately 13 other facilities that are modern and program specific.

Here too will you need at least a B1 level in Spanish in order to study, with a higher language level needed for certain degree programs.

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All three of these universities offer something unique and exciting for potential students. The main thing they have in common is the language requirement. Want to see how close a B1 level in Spanish is compared to your level, or how little time it will take you to get there? Check out our free Spanish level test, or contact us for more information on courses in your area!