Universidad de los Andes
About the Program
Universidad de los Andes, also known as Uniandes, is a coeducational, nonsectarian private university located in downtown Bogotá, Colombia. Founded in 1948, the University currently has 8 Schools in which Tulane undergraduates can study: Architecture and Design, Arts and Humanities, Science, Social Sciences, Law, Economics, and Engineering.
The university was founded by a group of Colombian intellectuals led by Mario Laserna Pinzón and was at the time the first university in the country to be non-sectarian, that is, independent of political parties or influence from the state or the church. Today, the University sought to model itself after major research universities through strategies as greater focus on graduate education and research. As a result of this, doctorate programs have been opened in recent years and new research facilities have been built on campus. It was ranked 8th among the top universities in Latin America, classification done by QS World University Ranking in 2016.
Bogotá is the capital and largest city in Colombia. A melting pot of people from around the country, it is diverse and multicultural, with a blend of modern and colonial architecture. Bogotá is Colombia's beating heart, an engaging and vibrant capital cradled by chilly Andean peaks and steeped in sophisticated urban cool. At first sight, the city may not impress you. It's a sprawling city of shopping malls and bad traffic. But give Bogotá time and you will discover eclectic, experimental architecture, a large bohemian university crowd, a lively cafe scene, and dozens of attractive city parks. It is a city bursting with energy and culture.
Colombia is a truly diverse and unique country. Colombia features a diverse natural landscape and a wealth of flora and fauna. From the tropical Caribbean to the highlands of central Colombia and the Amazon jungle, Colombia is a land rich in beauty and diversity. Featuring locations with preserved historical quarters, phenomenal cuisine, a coastline with pristine beaches, jungle hikes, and even skiing, Colombia is a country that truly offers something for everybody.
An increasing number of companies are doing business in Colombia. Colombia has the third largest population in Latin America with a strong and flexible workforce. The country is enjoying strong, sustainable economic growth and has been highlighted by the World Bank as a 'top reformer' in five of the last eight years. Colombia is one of the most open markets in Latin America and enjoys eleven Free Trade Agreements. The Colombian government is also launching ambitious investment programs. Studying abroad in Colombia, students gain first-hand experience of the transformation of the country's business environment.
- 3.0 cumulative GPA, 3.0 GPA in Spanish and 3.0 GPA in major
- Completion of at least Spanish 3040
- Completion of a Spanish course prior to the semester of departure
Fields of Study
Economics, Political Economy, Political Science, International Relations, Engineering and Mathematics
Class format is based on lectures, readings, class participation and self-study. Group work is common, which is great for meeting local Colombians but can be limiting for travel. It is best to plan your travels before the start of the semester or after the semester ends. Classes do not necessarily have set schedules. Students are expected to attend all lectures, to complete all course-related assignments and readings, and to sit exams in order to receive a course grade.
In this direct enrollment program students take courses directly at Uni Andes alongside local degree-seeking Colombian students. Throughout its history, UniAndes has always emphasized the role of its faculty in achieving academic excellence. Classes, therefore, are generally small, only exceptionally bringing together more than thirty students. Class attendance is always expected and usually required. Each professor, or subject coordinating committee in the cases of subjects with many sections, determines the criteria for evaluation. Each student is given a temario, or subject outline, which must state the criteria to be used for evaluation, as well as the objectives, content and bibliography to be used in each class.
Spanish courses are offered to all incoming international students. If students want to take this class, they must take the placement exam (written and oral) and register for the class officially. Language classes are free of charge and credit-bearing.
In addition, there is an intensive Spanish program offered free of charge for exchange students for three weeks every July (for students studying abroad in Semester 2). If you are interested in taking this class, you must contact Uniandes' ELE program office.
As members of the Uniandes Community, exchange students may participate in any of the academic and cultural activities that flourish at the University. Students are invited to attend conferences, seminars, fairs and special events, and participate in sports, student clubs and societies.
"Hermanos Sin Fronteras" is a community created with the purpose of supporting the exchange students arriving every semester to Los Andes University. The basis of the community are the Mentors, volunteer students who work closely with Uniandes' Centro de Estudios en el Exterior. Their responsibility is to ensure the integration of international students to the community and university and accompany them during the process of adapting to a new culture. Furthermore, the "Hermanos Sin Fronteras" community organizes a series of cultural, sporting, recreational and social service activities throughout the semester that expose students to new fun experiences and strengthen emotional ties within the community.
Uniandes University Housing offers lodging services for all members of its community through its two houses:
65 Home: It is a University house located 25 minutes from the University which offers individual, two-fold and four-fold rooms.
Torre Séneca: A 26-story tower, located in front of Universidad de Los Andes, which offers 628 rooms distributed in apartments of 1, 2 and 4 rooms.If you are interested in learning more about Uniandes' housing facilities, please visit https://vivienda.uniandes.edu.co/index.php.
UniAndes Study Abroad Office Website
Colombian Residence Permit
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