On behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation invites citizens of Trinidad and Tobago Students who are interested in studying for a specialization, master’s degree or doctorate, conducting graduate or postdoctoral research, or taking part in an undergraduate or graduate-level academic mobility program, to participate in the 2018 Mexican Government Scholarship Program for International Students.
International students from Trinidad and Tobago Students who are interested in studying in Mexico now have the chance to receive a full scholarship.
Know more about Mexican Scholarship
Through the granting of Scholarships of Excellence of the Government of Mexico to foreign students, Mexico strengthens its role as an actor with global responsibility and endorses its commitment to the promotion of cooperation actions to promote the formation of high-level human capital.
The presence in Mexico of foreign students, academics and scientists, women and men, contributes to the construction of permanent and long-term dialogue bridges that enrich the foreign policy agenda with actions of exceptional value for the country and for its foreign partners.
Likewise, HEIs and the Mexican academic community benefit from greater internationalization.
- For decades, the Mexican cultural diplomacy has worked in different successful programs, such as the human capital training through scholarships for academic degrees awarding and research work performing in different areas of knowledge.
- The Directorate-General for Educational and Cultural Cooperation, through the Academic Exchange Department, designs and manages the Ministry of Foreign Affairs´Scholarship Program for Foreigners.
- The scholarships for academic studies are offered to take complete programs for Specialization, Master´s or PhD Degrees, and Postgraduate Researches. Likewise, the offer includes academic mobility for Bachelor´s and Postgraduate Degree.
- On the other hand, the scholarships for special programs are offered to take short-term fellowships addressed to Visiting Professors, Researchers in Mexico´s issues, Media Contributors, Art Production Fellowships, etc.
Facts to note about education in Mexico
Mexico’s ambitions to become a top world economy are being held back by a corrupt education system controlled by a powerful union boss known as “The Teacher” who politicians fear to cross.
Here are some facts about education and Mexico:
- The number of Mexican students has surged to 32 million from 3 million in 1950 as the country’s population exploded.
- Most young children attend primary school but only 62 percent reach secondary school. At secondary level about half of students drop out and only a quarter reach higher education, according to non-governmental organization Mexicanos Primero (Mexicans First), which is pushing for reform of the system.
- Around 45 percent of Mexicans finish secondary school, Mexicanos Primero says. By contrast, about 75 percent of U.S. students graduate from high school on time with a regular diploma, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
- Mexicans read less than three books a year on average, a product of low education levels and poverty, studies show.
- Mexico spends about 5 percent of gross domestic product on education, a respectable level compared to other major economies, but corruption means the money does not translate into real gains in the quality of education, experts say.
- Mexican students perform badly in the education tests run by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that measures standards in 65 industrialized countries. In the last study published in December, Mexican 15-year-olds came 46th in reading, 49th in mathematics and 51st in science.
- These lowly results contrast with Mexico’s status as the world’s 14th largest economy. Economists have tipped Mexico to become the world’s eighth biggest by 2050.
- Mexico’s performance in the OECD’s education rankings have in fact improved slightly in recent years and President Felipe Calderon has tried to bring in education reforms, such as ending the practice of the selling of teachers’ posts. But experts say the progress is too slow to have a big impact.
Major barriers to quality education in Mexico
Despite Mexico’s recent progress in ensuring that young people finish school — graduation rates have increased from 33% in 2000 to 49% in 2011 — there is considerably further to go in improving the Mexican education system. According to a Gallup poll, only 56% of Mexicans believe all Mexicans have access to an education, regardless of economic status. Furthermore, those Mexicans who receive an education do not necessarily receive a quality education: the average student in Mexico had the lowest reading literacy and math and science scores among the nations in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Mexicans face many barriers to receiving a quality education. For activists looking to improve Mexicans’ access to educational opportunities, poverty, indigeneity, gender inequality, and shrinking education budgets are pressing problems on which to focus.
Poverty and wealth inequality are huge challenges in Mexico. About 18% of the country lives in extreme poverty, and among poor communities, school dropout rates, absences, and grade repetition are serious problems. Among OECD countries, Mexico has one of the lowest rates of school enrolment among 15 to 19-year-olds, possibly because poverty drives them to find jobs rather than complete their education.
Poverty doesn’t only affect whether children are likely to attend school or not; it also affects the quality of the education they receive when they do attend school. According to the PISA, leaders in disadvantaged, rural schools and public schools are more concerned about the material resources available than are their peers in advantaged, urban, and private schools. As there is a strong relationship between the shortage of educational materials and student performance, this is concerning.
Indigenous communities are disproportionately poorer than non-indigenous communities, which impacts their access to education. Further, indigenous students face particular barriers related to a history of discrimination and exclusion, including:
- A cultural gap. Education systems aren’t designed with indigenous culture in mind, and few teachers speak indigenous languages. This makes it difficult for indigenous students to experience a learning environment that suits their needs.
- Discrimination. Indigenous children are more likely to experience discrimination at school.
- Less relevant education. The skills taught in school are often irrelevant to indigenous economies and ways of life.
While Mexico’s gender gap in education has fallen significantly in the last 30 years, Mexican girls are more likely than boys to drop out of school by the age of 12. Domestic chores may keep girls from attending school, and as they age, women are less likely to graduate high school and less likely to attend college than men.
Latin America is the only region in the world where child marriage is on the increase, and 83% of married Mexican girls leave school. As girls are more likely to go to school if they have educated mothers, this is a worrying trend that may continue a cycle of gender inequality in education.
Shrinking Education Budgets
In 2014, the OECD noted that Mexico’s annual expenditure on spending per student was already well below the OECD average. Three years later, economic pressures have caused the Mexican government to cut their education budget by more than 11%. Mexico’s textbook budget has been cut by a third, and teacher training programs have been reduced by 40%. This will only worsen an existing problem.
These are serious challenges facing Mexico’s education system. The International Community Foundation works with many excellent organizations in the country to alleviate poverty, reach indigenous communities, and eliminate gender inequality.
The scholarships are available for pursuing the undergraduate and postgraduate programme in any other field of study except: business administration, plastic surgery, accounting, marketing, dentistry and advertising, and related areas.
Scholarships are not granted for direct Ph.D. programs (combined M.A. and Ph.D. programs), distance learning programs, open or online education.
Program Maximum duration of scholarship
- Undergraduate and graduate academic mobility programs One academic term (quarter, trimester or semester)
- Graduate – research and postdoctoral fellowships 12 months (1 month minimum)
- Specialization 1 year
- Master’s degree 2 years
- Doctorate 3 years
- Medical specialties and sub-specialties 3 years
The scholarship is hosted by the government of Mexico in partnership with 71 different Mexican Universities.
Mexican Government Scholarships for Trinidad and Tobago Students is open to international students especially those who are from the following countries.
These opportunities has value that includes
- Monthly stipend of 4 times the minimum salary in Mexico City for undergraduate mobility scholarships, specializations, master’s degrees or master’s-level research, Spanish language or Mexican culture courses, currently the equivalent of $8,412.00 pesos (approximately US $546.234).
- Monthly stipend of 5 times the minimum salary in Mexico City for doctoral studies and research, postdoctoral fellowships and medical specializations and subspecializations, currently the equivalent of $10,515.00 pesos (approximately US $681.90)
- Registration fees and tuition, as established by the program at each institution (see the academic programs offered by the participating IES).
- Health insurance from the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS), starting in the third month of the scholarship (the scholarship recipient must have health insurance that covers both major and minor medical expenses and provides international coverage for the first three months in Mexico).
- Round-trip international airfare at the beginning and end of the scholarship.5
- Transportation from Mexico City to the host institution and back at the start and end of the scholarship, if studying outside of Mexico City.
The number of offers was not specified
The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for the scholarship:
- be citizens of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
- Bachelor’s, Master’s or Ph.D. degree, as required by the program for which the scholarship is requested.
- Minimum grade point average of eight (8.0) on a scale of 0 to 10, or the equivalent, for the last academic degree received.
- Be accepted to or currently enrolled in a program at one of the participating Mexican institutions.
- Candidates cannot be living in Mexico at the time of application.
Preference will be given to candidates that:
- Select a program on an issue important to the development of their country.
- Apply for graduate programs not available in their country.
- Study or do research at institutions located outside of the Mexico City metropolitan area.
- Hold faculty or research positions at public universities and scientific research centers in their country.
- Are public officials in charge of areas or programs of special interest for their country.
- Requests for information and all scholarship applications must be submitted to the Mexican embassy or concurrent embassy of the applicant’s country or to the designated Mexican institution. Only applications that fulfill all of the requirements will be considered.
- All documents and forms must be in Spanish or submitted with translations into Spanish.
- Candidates will be informed of the results by the corresponding Mexican embassy or designated Mexican institution.
- The scholarships are not transferable and cannot be deferred to future years.
No applications will be accepted directly from the applicants. The entire scholarship application process must be done at the Mexican or concurrent embassy for the applicant’s country.
It is important to read the 2018 Scholarship Terms and Conditions and visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.
The deadline for the scholarship for Mexican Government Scholarships for Trinidad and Tobago Students is 28th September 2018.
Step by Step on obtaining a Mexican student Visa
Want to study in Mexico rather than just take spring break there? Here’s how to get a student visa to Mexico. To learn how to acquire other types of Mexican visas, click here.
- Find your consulate: Click on the link to find the website of the consulate that services the area where you currently reside.
- Find the visa applications: Normally, after you land on the consulate page, there will be a link on the left-hand side that says “Visas,” “Visa for Mexico”, or “Visas for Foreign Nationals.” Find that link and click it.
- Find the student application: Look for a link that says “Student Visa” or “Visa Categories” (then find the Student Visa link) and click on it.
- Gather documentation: Gather the required documents.
Note that the required documents will vary from consulate to consulate.
The Mexican government gives the individual consular offices a lot of leeway on what they can ask for.
- Apply for the visa: In most situations, probably because there are so many Mexican consulates in the United States and around the world, you will need to apply in person.
- Wait until you receive the visa: Your new Mexican visa will be ready shortly. The time period will vary from consulate to consulate. Congratulations! Enjoy your trip!
for all information, you can contact
Mexican Embassy in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
12 Hayes Street
Trinidad and Tobago
TELEPHONE:(+1 868) 622 1422, +1 868) 622 7527
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