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Let’s talk about higher education in Colombia.

Updated: Sep 6, 2023


Higher education in Colombia has a long history. The University of Santo Tomás, the first university in America, was founded in Bogotá in 1580. Today, the higher education system in Colombia is composed of more than 1,000 institutions, including universities, technological institutes and technical training centers.


Universities in Colombia are autonomous and some are funded by the national government, regional governments and students. Admission requirements vary from university to university, but in general a high school diploma or university degree is required to be admitted.


Universities in Colombia offer a wide variety of study programs, including undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs, and most universities have campuses in several cities, allowing students to study in different places.


The cost of higher education in Colombia varies by institution and curriculum. Most universities require tuition fees, which can be quite high. However, some universities offer scholarships to low-income students.


Higher education in Colombia is of high quality and internationally recognized. The curricula are rigorous and designed to prepare students for the job market. Students who complete a higher education program in Colombia have a great advantage in the labor market, even institutions such as the National University of Colombia, have received international recognition for being one of the best in the world.


If you want to study in Colombia you are making a big decision, remember that the vast majority of visas have an open study permit, however, it is important that you have immigration assistance to determine the best option for you. Contact us by clicking here.



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