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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Study Abroad: Education Sources: Mexico

This guide is intended for a study abroad course at the College of Education.

Map of Mexico

Travel Information

The U.S. Department of State provides information on traveling to various countries, including passport and visa requirements. Further information about Mexico can be found on their website.

Spanish Language

Rosetta Stone

This online language learning tool is available through the Literature and Languages Library, under their quick-links section.

Spanish Language Education Journals

Voces de la educación (Xalapa. Mexico): This open access Spanish-language periodical houses articles on a variety of topics related to education, but with a focus on Mexican education. The archives for this periodical date back to 2016, with new issues published three times each year.

Revista española de pedagogíaThis primarily Spanish-language journal is one of the oldest journals dealing with general pedagogical research. Articles from anywhere in the world are published as long as they deal with various elements of educational practice and teaching, that is, pedagogy. Available from 1943 online. Most recent 1 year not available.

Natural Disasters and School Emergency Drills

Flooding and Landslides: There is a risk of flooding and landslides throughout Mexico. Monitor local news for relevant information.

Earthquakes and Volcanoes: A number of seismic fault lines run throughout Mexico, so the country is at risk of earthquakes. The Servicio Sismologico Nacional (SSN) monitors seismic activity in the country. Mexico is also home to 48 active volcanoes, the majority in central and southern Mexico, with some in the state of Baja California.

Tsunamis and Cyclones: As a nation with large coastlines, Mexico is at risk of both tsunamis (mainly on the Pacific coast) and cyclones.

Extreme Heat and Droughts: These two natural hazards are becoming more frequent in Mexico as the world's climate changes. Temperatures worldwide are rising and water is becoming scarcer, causing the two phenomenon to exacerbate one other.

Mexico's Secretariat of Public Education

Further information about Mexico's public education system can be found on their official website, Secretariat of Public Education: Home. This online portal provides information about educational policies and upcoming initiatives, statistics, and accountability reports for the public. Additional information about the various levels of education, such as Elementary Education and Secondary Education, are available for readers to peruse. 

Information on the Education System

  • World Data on Education: Seventh Edition 2010-11
    • This publication from UNESCO's International Bureau of Education provides detailed information on the education systems of 163 countries worldwide, with an emphasis on curricula and curriculum development processes.

Cultural Norms and History

For information about the cultural norms and history of Mexico, try these resources:

CIA World Factbook: Mexico

For more general information about the country of Mexico, try the CIA World Factbook. This resource provides information about the geography of the country, including natural hazards. Some educational information is included underneath the "People and Society" section.

Finding More Resources in the Library Catalog

To find more information about the educational system of Mexico, try these tips for searching the library catalog to find books, magazines or journals, DVDs, and many other resources:

Here are some keywords that may be useful in your search:

  • Education, higher -- Mexico
  • Mexico -- curricula
  • Mexico -- Education system
  • Mexico -- social life and customs