International Students in Mexico

Total international student enrollment: 12,789

Do these counts of international students reflect both public and private institutions? Yes

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

Rank Place of Origin Number of Students Percent of Total
1 United States 2,865 22.4%
2 France 1,442 11.3%
3 Colombia 1,114 8.7%
4 Germany 1,036 8.1%
5 Spain 771 6.0%
6 Ecuador 476 3.7%
7 Venezuela 344 2.7%
8 South Korea 342 2.7%
9 Argentina 310 2.4%
10 Brazil 302 2.4%

International students by degree level

Degree Level Percent of Total
Bachelor's 78%
Continuing Education 10%
Master's 10%
Doctorate 2%
Specialty <1%
Technical <1%

International students by top fields of study

Field of Study Percent of Total
Social Sciences, Administration, and Law 43.1%
Engineering, Manufacturing, and Construction 19.9%
Health 16.3%
Arts and Humanities 9.3%
Foreign Language Studies 8.5%
Natural, Hard, and Health Sciences 3.7%
Agriculture and Veterinary 1.5%
Education 1.1%
Services 0.5%

Source: Patlani. (2016). National Survey of International Student Mobility of Mexico 2012-2013 and 2013-2014. Mexico: ANUIES.

Total international student enrollment: 11,809

Do these counts of international students reflect both public and private institutions? Yes

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

Rank Place of Origin Number of Students Percent of Total
1 United States 2,786 23.6%
2 France 1,376 11.7%
3 Germany 838 7.1%
4 Colombia 831 7.0%
5 Spain 721 6.1%
6 Ecuador 434 3.7%
7 South Korea 312 2.6%
8 Argentina 120 1.0%
9 Brazil 271 2.3%
10 China 249 2.1%

International students by degree level

Degree Level Percent of Total
Bachelor's 78%
Continuing Education 10%
Master's 9%
Doctorate 2%
Specialty <1%
Technician <1%

Source: Patlani. (2016). National Survey of International Student Mobility of Mexico 2012-2013 and 2013-2014. Mexico: ANUIES.

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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