Study abroad semester in Colombia

Welcome to Colombia!

Colombia is the second largest Spanish speaking country in the world after Mexico. The majority of its population is mestizo, with the minority being the European-origin one. Roman Catholicism is prevalent in Colombia, and the majority of its inhabitants are professing. Another widespread “religion” is football: many love it, and it is by far the most followed sport in Colombia. The country is keeping a good economical profile among its South American peers, and is pushing towards technological innovation as well. In Medellin for example, entrepreneurial activity is developing fast.

A cool feature of Colombia is that it is isothermal, which means that there are no real distinct seasons. My Colombian friend Miguel always told me that in Medellin, where he lives, he pretty much always goes out with just a t-shirt. Despite its monotony in climate, Colombia enjoys a booming biodiversity, with complex animal and vegetal species living together.

What are the best universities in Colombia for semester students?

Are you still undecided whether or not Colombia might be an appealing destination for you? On wearefreemovers you can find a selection of 4 academic institutions offering you the possibility of spending a semester or a full academic year in Colombia. Let’s check some statistics about them.

Here you can see the positions of the Colombian institutions among the world’s best universities rankings.

NAMEQSTHEARWUCWURCWTSEduniversal palmesU.S. News & World Report's Best Global Universities RankingsWebometrics
Universidad de los Andes227801–1000-747-4497558
Universidad Nacional de Colombia2591001+701-8008167722666-
EAFIT University801-1000----2--
Universidad de La Sabana751-8001001+------

QS World University Rankings is one of the most prominent university rankings in the world, and the fact that it puts two Colombian universities, Universidad de los Andes and Universidad Nacional de Colombia, in the top 250 universities in the world (corresponding to the top 1-2% of the institutions) is a pretty awesome achievement. Also the other two universities, EAFIT University and Universidad de La Sabana, are listed. Bear in mind that the majority of courses in Colombia are taught in Spanish.

Costs and fees

Colombia is a very cheap country. Monthly costs of living for a single person are close to 400€. Keep in mind that, as a student, you could have access to various discounts which can include food, travel, and accommodation expenses.

When it comes to university’s fees, Colombia is extremely expensive, with a median 11700€/semester for free mover students. However, there is only one university with explicit fees (Universidad de La Sabana), and that could be the reason for this price.

Which Colombian cities are available to free movers?

Currently there are some cities that accept free movers in Colombia. Have you ever dreamt of studying in Medellín or any other city in Colombia? Here you can find institutions divided by city