Education in Mexico

Although the vast majority of schools in Mexico are state provided there are private and international schools. The best international schools tend to charge a premium fee and are situated in Mexico’s largest cities.

In Mexico basic education is compulsorily and free (in public schools at least) from the ages of 6 to 14 years.

Primary school and lower secondary school make up basic education with preschool (covering ages 3-5) as a free optional extra.

Primary education lasts for 6 years with children spending an average of four and a half hours in class every day learning core subjects.

After successfully completing primary school students enter lower secondary education which lasts for 3 years.

Students can leave education once they’ve completed lower-secondary school but they are also given the option of attending upper-secondary school for a further three years.

During their time at upper secondary school students can continue their studies through one of 3 pathways – general upper secondary, technical professional education and technological upper secondary.

The academic year typically begins in September and finishes at the end of June with seasonal holidays in December and April.

Students hoping to move on to higher education must have successfully completed a branch of upper secondary school.

There are several types of higher education institutions in Mexico; technological universities, technical institutes, universities and teacher-training colleges.

Technological universities offer 2 year programmes for those students who want to train as higher university technicians.

Technical institutes offer 3 year programmes in management and engineering.

Teacher training colleges help students achieve bachelor level degrees in the educational field.

Universities in Mexico include college level education so students can attend them for 4-5 years.