Study In Colombia - Requirements,Tuition Fees,Cost of Living & Universities

This is a comprehensive guide on studying in Colombia as an international student. This detailed post will give you all the necessary information you will need about studying in Colombia as an international student. It will answer most frequently asked questions such as


How to study in Colombia

Why study in Colombia

Cost of studying in Colombia

Universities in Colombia for international students

Cost of living in Colombia for international students

How to get a visa to study in Colombia

How to apply and study in Colombia

Tuition fees to study in Colombia

Applying to study in Colombia



Applying to study in Colombia

Universities in Colombia usually teach in Spanish, and applicants may be asked to submit evidence that they speak Spanish to the required level, or to take a language test set by the university.

If you plan on studying in Colombia for more than three months, you will need to obtain a Colombian Student Visa (TP-3). The process of applying is as follows:

You need to present a certificate of enrollment/registration and prove that you have already paid your tuition fees.

Take photocopies of all the relevant paperwork.

Take the registration form to a notary to get it signed.

Take all documents and your passport to the Ministry of Foreign affairs in Bogotá (or to your local embassy).

After you get the student visa, you will need to register for a Colombian Cedula (citizen card) at La Unidad Administrativa Especial Migración Colombia within 15 days, otherwise you may face a fine.


Applying to Colombia universities

Selecting Universities:

Selecting universities is a very time consuming and important process not only from the admission point of view but also because applying to universities is very expensive. Hence it has to be restricted to around 6 or 8 universities which are best matched for your requirements.

The best university for you may not be the famous ones, but those that offer you your field of study as well as meet the other criteria important to you.

Requesting Application Forms:

There are two ways to get application forms:

1. Requesting Application Forms via email : You can request application forms from the universities website. Most universities have a form on their website which can be completed online to request application material.

2. Downloading from the university website : Many universities have a downloadable and ready to print versions of their application forms on the net. These can be used for applying just as regular forms.

Application Requirements:

Once you start receiving application forms and material, go through the material in detail and check the application deadline, minimum scores required in the standardized tests, recommendation letters needed and other such information.

Tabulate all these requirements and compare them with your objectives and group the universities under three categories :

1. Schools that seem to match your requirements

2. Schools that are not suited to your needs

3. Schools that do not completely fit in any of the above two categories

Recommendation letters:

Many universities have their own format and questions that have to be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize a candidate’s chances of selection.

School records/Academic transcript:

The transcripts of your academic record are absolutely essential to the evaluation of your academic abilities. Your official transcript or academic record is the objective part of your application. Academic records greatly vary from one education system to the other. Systems of evaluation or grading and the formats used to present this information also differ widely.

Undergraduate : Students who are applying for a Bachelor program or any other undergraduate course would be required to submit a secondary school report and transcripts (report cards) of the final exams. The report form should be filled out by a school official like the principal, counselor or headmaster. This form should introduce you in the context of your whole school experience in relationship to the other students in your class. Admission committees will be interested in learning how you have performed in your own educational system. The school report should talk about your accomplishments and provide a statement of your chances for success in university-level studies.

Graduate : Students applying for Graduate courses (MBA, MS etc) are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university that they have attended after secondary school with complete details of the subjects, credits involved and other details like correspondence courses, diplomas etc. Most universities ask for the transcript to be sealed in an envelope and signed and attested across the seal by the registrar. This procedure is to be done for each and every college that you have attended. Some universities may ask for more than one transcripts but most require only one.


Tuition fees and cost of studying in Colombia as an international student

The cost of studying in Colombia actually depends on the specific school you attend. All the universities and colleges in Colombia have different tuition fees.

For international students who want to study in Colombia ,the tuition fees is very cheap compared to other South American countries so this has made Colombia a good study abroad to many foreign students.

There are two groups of universities in Colombia,the public universities and the private universities. The public universities are cheaper than the private universities because it is subsidized by the government.

The tuition fees for public universities in Colombia is about US$970 per semester and the tuition fees for private universities in Colombia is about US$5,330 per semester. It should also be noted that the cost o studying or tuition fees to study in Colombia also depends on the course of study. Wit courses such as medicine and engineering being the most expensive.


The cost of living in Colombia is cheap for international students,with about US$1200 per month,all expenses which includes accommodation,food,transport,entertainment can be covered. It should also be known that the cost of living in Colombia also depends on the lifestyle and spending habit of a student.


The cost of accommodation for students in Colombia actually depends on where the student want to live. Apartments in the city are more expensive than apartments outside of the city. So students should get an apartment based on their budget.


Cost of living in Columbia according to expatistan



            Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district   COL$13,239

            Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar)     COL$15,497

            500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast      COL$7,484

            1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk           COL$2,625

            12 eggs, large COL$5,033

            1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes          COL$3,682

            500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese           COL$7,234

            1 kg (2 lb.) of apples  COL$4,977

            1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes           COL$2,484

            0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket        COL$2,794

            1 bottle of red table wine, good quality         COL$36,044

            2 liters of Coca-Cola  COL$3,873

            Bread for 2 people for 1 day COL$2,144


            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area            COL$2,581,570

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area COL$1,332,200

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat      COL$397,689

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area          COL$1,516,360

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area  COL$895,765

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio            COL$260,232

            Internet 8 Mbps (1 month)    COL$72,863

            40” flat screen TV     COL$1,400,870

            Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands)   COL$284,718

            Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.)     COL$21,327

            Hourly rate for cleaning help COL$5,915


            1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar)            COL$179,618

            1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) COL$150,268

            1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) COL$235,527

            1 pair of men’s leather business shoes         COL$198,774


            Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new      COL$57,126,100

            1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas        COL$2,707

            Monthly ticket public transport        COL$101,204

Personal Care

            Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands)       COL$11,667

            1 box of antibiotics (12 doses)           COL$15,496

            Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes)    COL$74,508

            1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...)         COL$17,795

            Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.)    COL$12,162

            Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.)          COL$13,546

            4 rolls of toilet paper  COL$5,764

            Tube of toothpaste     COL$4,366

            Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city      COL$11,660


How to get a visa to study in Colombia

Who requires a visa?

Required by all except the following for touristic purposes for up to 90 days:

a) nationals listed in the above (except for nationals of the Republic of Ireland);

b) nationals of Andorra, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei-Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark,  Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Holland, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Korea (Rep), Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Norway, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, The Philippines,Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovak Republic, South Africa, Spain, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, UK, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela.

What documents will be required?

PASSPORTS: Passport with an expiration date of minimum 3 months required by all.

Time required to issue visa:

5 days for nationals resident in the UK who require a visa; in all other instances 10 to 15 days. It is advised to allow plenty of time for applications.

How do I apply?

Application to: Consulate (or Consular section at Embassy)

Application requirements:

(a) Valid passport with at least one blank page to affix the visa (two pages for business visas). (b) Three recent passport-size photos,must have white background.

(c) Two completed and signed application forms.

(d) Onward or return tickets.

(e) Proof of sufficient funds to cover stay (such as latest bank statements).

(f) Fee, payable by cash, cheque or postal order.

(g) Proof of address.

(h) For business visas a letter of responsibility from company in Colombia is required.

(i) Photocopies of all the above documentation.

For other visas other documents may be required. These will need to be translated into Spanish, and some of them will need to be legalised by the Consulate. Most applications will need to be supported by documents from the relevant organisations/the relevant ministry in Colombia and in the applicants country of origin. Some nationals may be required to undergo an interview prior to being issued with a visa. Contact the nearest Colombian Consulate or Consular section at Embassy for further details.

What is the cost of a visa?

Tourist: 30 (depends on nationality). Temporary visitor: 75. Business: 120. Company: 155. Temporary working: 160. For other types and costs contact the Consulate or Consular section at Embassy.

How long is the visa valid for?

Up to 3 months although depends on nationality and purpose of stay. A visitors permit will be issued on arrival and a 15-day extension to this period may usually be granted.



List and ranking of all the universities in Colombia

This is the list and ranking of all the universities in Colombia. The ranking is based on the quality of education each of the university provides and also the available academic and social facilities in the university. So below is the list of the of all the universities in Colombia and their ranking




Rank   University       Location

1          Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Bogotá ...

2          Universidad de los Andes


3          Universidad de Antioquía

Medellín ...

4          Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

Bogotá ...

5          Corporación Universitaria Minuto de Dios


6          Universidad del Valle

Cali ...

7          Universidad EAFIT

Medellín ...

8          Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana

Medellín ...

9          Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas


10        Universidad del Norte


11        Universidad ICESI


12        Universidad del Rosario


13        Universidad Industrial de Santander

Bucaramanga ...

14        Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira


15        Universidad del Cauca


16        Universidad de La Sabana


17        Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia

Tunja ...

18        Universidad de Nariño


19        Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano

Bogotá ...

20        Universidad Santo Tomás

Bogotá ...

21        Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia

Bogotá ...

22        Universidad de Pamplona


23        Universidad de Caldas


24        Universidad Militar Nueva Granada

Bogotá ...

25        Universidad Sergio Arboleda

Bogotá ...

26        Universidad de La Salle


27        Universidad de Medellín


28        Universidad Externado de Colombia


29        Escuela Superiore de Administración Pública

Bogotá ...

30        Fundación Universitaria del Area Andina

Bogotá ...

31        Universidad Autónoma de Occidente


32        Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga

Bucaramanga ...

33        Universidad Pedagógica Nacional


34        Escuela de Ingeniería de Antioquia


35        Universidad Católica de Colombia

Bogotá ...

36        Universidad del Atlántico


37        Universidad Manuela Beltrán


38        Universidad del Quindío


39        Universidad de Córdoba


40        Universidad Central


41        Universidad Santiago de Cali

Cali ...

42        Universidad EAN


43        Escuela Colombiana de Ingenieria Julio Garavito


44        Universidad de Ibagué


45        Universidad de Santander


46        Universidad del Tolima


47        Universidad Autónoma del Caribe


48        Universidad del Magdalena

Santa Marta

49        Universidad de Manizales


50        Politécnico Grancolombiano


51        Universidad Libre

Bogotá ...

52        Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano


53        Universidad Antonio Nariño

Bogotá ...

54        Universidad Francisco de Paula Santander

Cúcuta ...

55        Universidad Autónoma de Colombia


56        Fundación Universitaria Luis Amigo

Medellín ...

57        Universidad de Cartagena

Cartagena ...

58        Universidad El Bosque


59        Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar

Cartagena de Indias

60        Universidad Surcolombiana


61        Universidad CES


62        Universidad Popular del Cesar

Valledupar ...

63        Universidad ECCI


64        Politécnico Colombiano Jaime Isaza Cadavid

Medellín ...

65        Universidad Colegio Mayor de Cundinamarca


66        Colegio de Estudios Superiores de Administración


67        Universidad de San Buenaventura

Bogotá ...

68        Universidad de los Llanos


69        Universidad Católica de Oriente


70        Corporación Universitaria Adventista


71        Universidad de La Guajira


72        Universidad Autónoma Latinoamericana


73        Universidad Piloto de Colombia

Bogotá ...

74        Corporación Universitaria de la Costa


75        Universidad de América


76        Universidad de Boyacá


77        Universidad de Cundinamarca

Fusagasugá ...

78        Universidad Tecnológica del Choco


79        Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas y Ambientales

Bogotá ...

80        Universidad Mariana


81        Corporación Universitaria Lasallista


82        Universidad La Gran Colombia

Bogotá ...

83        Universidad de la Amazonia


84        Universidad Simón Bolívar


85        Universidad Autónoma de Manizales


86        Institución Universitaria de Envigado


87        Instituto Tecnológico Pascual Bravo


88        Universidad del Sinú

Montería ...

89        Tecnológico de Antioquia


90        Fundación Universitaria Juan N. Corpas


91        Unidad Central del Valle del Cauca


92        Universidad Católica de Pereira


93        Universidad INCCA de Colombia


94        Colegio Mayor de Antioquia


95        Universidad de Sucre


96        Universidad Católica de Manizales


97        Universidad del Pacifico


98        Fundación Universitaria San Martín


99        Institución Universitaria Esumer


100      Universidad Metropolitana


101      Institución Universitaria Antonio José Camacho


102      Escuela Nacional del Deporte


103      Conservatorio del Tolima


104      Colegio Mayor del Cauca


105      Instituto Universitario de La Paz


106      Instituto Departamental de Bellas Artes


107      Institución Universitaria Bellas Artes y Ciencias de Bolívar



Courses to study in Colombia as an international student

Accounting and Finance

Aeronautical engineering

Manufacturing engineering






Art and Design

Oral science


Biological sciences


Business management

Chemical engineering


Civil engineering

Ancient history

Mass communication

Computer science


Creative writing






Electrical engineering


Film making

Food science


General engineering






Material technology


Mechanical engineering

Medical technology












Veterinary medicine


Things to pack while going to study in Colombia

In your carry-on bag

Cell phone and charger

Boarding pass(es)

Cash (bring American dollars and the currency of your host location or money you can exchange for it—enough to use in case of an emergency, but not more money than you can afford to lose)

Copy of birth certificate

Copy of Social Security card

Credit card (notify your bank that you’ll be abroad before you leave to avoid your account being frozen)

Debit card


E-reader or book

Emergency contact list

Face wipes


Hand sanitizer


Health insurance card


Prescription medication(s) you usually take (make sure you bring enough refills to last your entire trip—but future prescriptions can go in your checked luggage)

School ID

Spare outfit (in case your luggage gets lost or delayed)

State ID

Student visa

Travel itinerary

Travel pillow

Travel tickets (if you’re taking a train or other transport after your plane lands)



Acne medication/cream

Face lotion/moisturizer


Mini shampoo & conditioner (until you get the chance to get full-sized bottles in your new country)

Mouthwash (small)

Soap (mini bottle if you're using body wash)





Bobby pins


Contacts, solution and case (again, make sure you have all the contacts you'll need for your time abroad)

Glasses and glasses case

Hair ties



Nail clipper




Tampons and pads



You will likely have the opportunity to do laundry on your trip, and you'll be able to purchase detergent in your host country.

Downy Wrinkle Release spray

Linens/towels (if your housing doesn’t have them)

Portable stain remover pen

Travel sheet (for hostels)


Athletic sneakers (1)

Bathing suits (1-2)

Boots (1-2)

Bras (2 sports bras, 2 regular bras, 1 strapless/convertible bras)

Casual dresses (2)

Everyday comfortable shoes (1-2)

Flats (1)

Flip-flops (1)

Formal outfit (1-2)

Gloves (1, if weather appropriate)

Going-out outfit (3-5)

Hat (1)

Heavier coat for colder climates (1)

Heels (1-2)

Jacket (2; a light one and one for colder weather, if applicable)

Jeans (2, one black & one blue)

Jewelry (remember that bringing jewelry to another country is always a risk; don’t bring anything too valuable!)

Leggings (1-3)

Long-sleeve shirts (3-5)

Pajamas (2-3)

Pants (1-2 nice pairs)

Purse (1-2)

Raincoat (1)

Scarf (1)

Short-sleeve shirts (5-7)

Shorts (2-4, if weather appropriate)

Skirts (1-2)

Socks (14)

Sweaters (3-5)

Sweatshirt (2)

T-shirts (3-5)

Tank tops (3-5)

Underwear (14)

Watch (1)

Workout clothes (2-5)


Remember that most of your electronic items will need an outlet converter in order to work!

Camera (remember your case and USB cords)

Cell phone (keep in mind that you’ll be able to buy an international phone when you arrive at your destination)

Chargers (laptop, phone, camera, e-reader, etc.)

Flash drive



Laptop case

Outlet adapters (2-3)

USB cable


Adhesive bandages

Allergy medicine

Birth control

Cold and flu medicine

Eye drops

Motion sickness medicine

Over-the-counter pain medicine



Backpack (small)

Gift for your host family (bring something that they couldn’t get in their own country, like memorabilia from your hometown)


Language dictionary


Playing cards

Travel guide

Umbrella (small)


Why you should study abroad in Colombia or any other study abroad destination

1. See the World

The biggest reason you should consider a study abroad program is the opportunity to see the world . By studying abroad, you will experience a brand-new country with incredible new outlooks, customs and activities. The benefits of studying abroad include the opportunity to see new terrains, natural wonders, museums and landmarks of your host nation.

2. Education

Another reason you might consider studying abroad is for the chance to experience different styles of education. By enrolling in a study abroad program, you’ll have the chance to see a side of your major that you may not have been exposed to at home.

You’ll find that completely immersing yourself in the education system of your host country is a great way to really experience and understand the people, its traditions, and its culture. Education is the centerpiece of any study abroad trip—it is, after all, a study abroad program—and choosing the right school is a very important factor.

3. Take in a New Culture

Many students who choose to study abroad are leaving their home for the first time. When they arrive in their new host country, they are fascinated by the distinct cultural perspectives. When you study abroad you will find incredible new foods, customs, traditions, and social atmospheres.

You will find that you have a better understanding and appreciation for the nation’s people and history. You will have the opportunity to witness a completely new way of life.

4. Hone Your Language Skills

Chances are if you’re planning on studying abroad, one of the major draws is the opportunity to study a foreign language. Studying abroad grants you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a new language, and there is no better way to learn than to dive right in.

In addition to the considerable language practice you will get just in day to day life, your host university will likely offer language courses to provide you with a more formal education. Immerse yourself in a new culture and go beyond a purely academic experience

5. Career Opportunities

When you finish your study abroad program and return home, you will return with a new perspective on culture, language skills, a great education, and a willingness to learn. Needless to say, all of these are very attractive to future employers.

Many students find that they love their host country so much that they decide to seek work there. If you can relate, you will find that a local education will be very valuable when searching for a potential job in that country

6. Find New Interests

If you are still questioning why to study abroad, you should know that studying in a different country offers many new activities and interests that you may never have discovered if you’d stayed at home. You might find that you have an as-yet undiscovered talent for hiking, water sports, snow skiing, golf, or various other new sports you may never have tried back home.

You’ll also have the chance to discover other new and exciting forms of entertainment. Plays, movies, dancing, nightclubs, and concerts are just a few activities that you can enjoy.

7. Make Lifelong Friends

One of the biggest benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to meet new lifelong friends from different backgrounds. While studying abroad, you will attend school and live with students from your host country. This gives you the opportunity to really get to know and create lasting relationships with your fellow students.

After the study abroad program ends, make an effort stay in contact with your international friends. In addition to rewarding personal relationships, these friends can also be important networking tools later down the road.

8. Personal Development

There is nothing quite like being on your own in a foreign country. You might find that studying abroad really brings out your independent nature. Students who study abroad become explorers of their new nation and really discover the curiosity and excitement that they harbor.

A benefit to studying abroad is the opportunity to discover yourself while gaining an understanding of a different culture. Being in a new place by yourself can be overwhelming at times, and it tests your ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem solve.

9. Graduate School Admissions

Like future employers, graduate school admissions boards look very highly on study abroad experiences. Students that study abroad display diversity and show that they aren’t afraid to seek out new challenges or put themselves in difficult situations.

Most importantly, students who have studied abroad show just how committed they are to their education. Graduate schools regularly look for candidates who will bring a unique aspect to their university. Students who have studied abroad have shown that they have the curiosity and educational acumen to be a leader in graduate school.

10. Life Experience

Why study abroad? For most students, this time may be the only opportunity they ever get to travel abroad for a long period of time. Eventually you will find a job and career, and the opportunity to study abroad may turn out to be a once in a life time opportunity.


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