​Outbound Mobility - Past Years

2012/13

Total number of outbound students (short-term or exchange): 15,611

Source: Secretariat of Public Education. (2015). Forms 911. Educational Statistics.

Top 10 destinations and number of students from Mexico studying abroad

Rank Destination Number of Students
1 Spain 3,394
2 United States 2,310
3 France 1,666
4 Germany 1,207
5 Canada 794
6 Argentina 766
7 Chile 489
8 China 401
9 Italy 399
10 United Kingdom 355

Outbound students by degree level

Degree Level Percent of Total
Bachelor's 87%
Continuing Education 8%
Master's 3%
Doctorate 1%
Technical 1%
Specialty <1%

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


2011

Number of students from Mexico studying abroad: 11,371 

Number of institutions represented: 115

Type of institutions represented: public and private

Top 10 destinations and number of students from Mexico studying abroad
Rank Destination Number of Students Percent of Students
1 Spain 2,734 24.0%
2 United States 1,571 13.8%
3 France 1,363 12.0%
4 Canada 877 7.7%
5 Germany 721 6.3%
6 Argentina 474 4.2%
7 Italy 437 3.8%
8 Chile 406 3.6%
9 Australia 379 3.3%
10 China 325 2.9%
All Other 2,084 18.3%

Destinations by region

Rank Destination Percent of Total
Europe  53% 
2 North America  22%
South America  11% 
Asia  5% 
Oceania  4% 
Central America and the Caribbean  1% 

Top fields of study

Rank Field of Study Percent of Total
1 Engineering and Technology  33.0%
2 Social Sciences 21.8%
Humanities 9.9% 
Medicine and Health  5.9% 
Natural Sciences  1.9% 
Agricultural Sciences  1.5% 
7 Other 26.0%

Definitions: Data correspond to Mexican students studying outside of the country 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].

2003

Number of students from Mexico studying abroad: 26,864

Top 5 destinations and number of students from Mexico studying abroad
Rank Destination Number of Students
1 United States 14,606
2 Spain 2,880
3 France 1,836
4 Germany 1,482
5 United Kingdom 1,327
Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics. (2011). Global Education Digest 2011. Montreal, Quebec: UNESCO Institute for Statistics.

2008

Number of Mexican students studying abroad: 24,073

Top 10 destinations and total number of students from Mexico studying abroad

Rank Destination Number of Students
1 United States 13,644
2 Spain 3,200
3 United Kingdom 1,843
4 France 1,440
5 Germany 1,174
6 Australia 416
7 Sweden 171
8 Italy 164
9 Switzerland 137
10 Japan 132
Source: The National Association of Universities and Institutions of Higher Education (ANUIES)