The Global Universities Embracing Cryptocurrency / Yessi Bello Perez (@yessi_kbello) / September 14, 2015 at 14:21 BST

Mexico’s Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP) reportedly became the first institution in Latin America to welcome bitcoin on campus last month, after a coffee shop began accepting payments in the cryptocurrency.

In so doing, the university joined a growing list of global higher education institutions which have also embraced the digital currency.

Here’s a run-down of some of the most crypto-friendly universities from across the globe.

1. Cyprus’ University of Nicosia

In November 2013, the University of Nicosia in Cyprus (UNIC) became the first in the world to accept bitcoin for tuition and other fees, receiving its first payment from a student within weeks.

A few months later, UNIC – the largest independent university in Cyprus and one of the largest English language higher education institutions in Southern Europe –  launched a free online course titled Introduction to Digital Currencies aimed at students wanting to gain a better understanding of bitcoin.