Mexico is one of the most affordable countries to live and study in the Americas because of its low costs of living and tuition fees. International students can enjoy high-quality education at a very minimal cost. In recent years, several of their universities have become very reputable and well-established internationally—many of them rank very highly on the QS Latin America University Rankings and QS World University Rankings.
Not only that, but Mexico is a very fascinating country to explore! The country boasts a rich and colorful history, gorgeous monuments and scenery, a lively party scene and culture, and a wide array of delicious foods. You’ll never run out of things to do in Mexico!
Below, we talk about how you can apply for a bachelor’s in Mexico. If you’re interested in pursuing undergraduate studies in this country, continue reading.
Application Requirements for Applying for Bachelor’s in Mexico
Expect to submit these documents when applying for a bachelor’s degree in Mexico.
High School Documents
These will include your high school transcripts, a high school certificate, and a certificate of recognition.
High school transcripts are a list of all the classes you took during high school and their corresponding grades. Most universities will require a minimum GPA of 2.5 or equivalent, though this can be lower or higher depending on where you’re applying to. The high school certificate, on the other hand, certifies that you have graduated from high school and are ready for university-level education. Both these documents can be obtained from your high school.
The certificate of recognition is for students who graduated high school outside Mexico. This document certifies that your high school certificate is valid in Mexico and makes the necessary grade conversions if the grading systems are different. This can be obtained from the Ministry of Public Education of Mexico (SEP).
Students wishing to study for their bachelor’s degree in Mexico would need to submit a certified copy of their birth certificate or a scan of their passport’s biometric page. Some universities may require these documents to be issued within the year and should be certified as legitimate by the governing agency of your country.
You may also be asked for some recent photographs. Dimensions and instructions for them should be written on the university’s website.
At some point in the application process (usually early on), you’ll be required to pay a registration fee. This is a non-refundable amount that you must pay for your application to be processed. Some universities may also require payment of tuition fees before you can receive your acceptance letter. In both cases, these can be paid by credit card, bank transfer, or in-person. They will have you submit a receipt as proof of payment.
Additionally, you might also be asked for other tuition-related documents to prove you’re financially capable. They might have you submit bank statements and identification cards of whoever’s paying for the tuition fee (whether it’s yourself, your family, or any other person).
Bachelor’s Degree Language Requirements in Mexico
Spanish is the dominant language in Mexico, and you should have a good grasp of the language before applying to any Mexican university. Most of the country’s undergraduate courses are taught in Spanish.
As part of your application to study for a bachelor’s in Mexico, you are required to submit proof of your Spanish language proficiency. In this case, we highly recommend taking the DELE or SIELE—these two exams are administered all over the world and are always accepted as certificates of Spanish language proficiency. The general language level you should aim for is a B2 (upper-intermediate), though the minimum grade required can be lower or higher depending on which university and course you’re applying for.
Keep in mind that Latin American Spanish tends to be quite different from European Spanish. However, that shouldn’t stop you from having a good time! As time passes by, you’ll soon familiarize yourself with the Spanish dialect spoken in Mexico.
English is another language you need to be familiar with, especially if you’re enrolling in English-taught courses. Most universities in Mexico will require a score of 550 (TOEFL) or 6.5 (IELTS) as proof of English language proficiency. If you come from a country whose native language is English, you do not have to submit this requirement.
How to Apply for Bachelor’s Programs in Mexico
Applying for an undergraduate degree in Mexico is fairly simple and generally follows the same pattern: fill out an application form, pay the registration fee, and schedule an entrance exam and follow-up interview. Things should go smoothly enough for you if you do your research and prepare your application documents well beforehand!
Below is a more detailed guideline on the application process.
1. Visit University Websites
There is no common way to apply for universities in Mexico, so the first step of your application should always be checking university websites. There you can find lots of important information on admission requirements and prerequisites, application processes, and contact details. Some Mexican universities have even started hosting online application portals where you can register for a new account and log in your interest in applying as an international student.
Here are some websites of Mexico’s top universities:
- University de Guadalajara
- Tecnologico de Monterrey
- Universidad Panamericana
- Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana
Most of these websites will be written in Spanish, so keep that in mind while doing your pre-application research!
2. Schedule Your Entrance Exam
Most universities in Mexico will require you to take an entrance exam. Depending on which university you’re applying to, this may either be the first or second step of the application. Unfortunately, these entrance exams tend to be written exams. This means that you must be there in person to take it. They are usually held on-campus and may be difficult to attend for international students. If you feel like you can’t take these exams due to the distance or financial constraints, we highly suggest to instead look for Mexican universities that offer online alternatives or don’t require entrance exams at all.
If attending the entrance exam isn’t a problem for you, you should contact the university and learn more about their entrance exams. They may ask you to either fill out an application form first to secure a spot or give you scheduled dates and times for their exams and just have you show up. They will likely also have further instructions on what to bring and how to behave in the testing center.
These entrance exams may be written in either Spanish, English, or even both. They will be testing your general knowledge in math and science as well as your language skills and reading comprehension.
3. Attend the Interview
After the exam, you may be asked for an interview. Here, the university admissions team can learn more about you and why you’re applying. You can also ask questions about your coursework and any other additional steps in the application process.
The interview is conducted right after the exam or sometime after, in which case you have to schedule that too. Unlike the entrance exam, interviews may be done online or through the phone. Know what your options are before scheduling your interview to save some time and money if applicable.
Once all of that’s done, all that’s left is to wait for your results. This can take a few weeks depending on how complete your application is. Make sure all your documents are in order during the entire application process to hear back as soon as possible.
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