The U.S. Department of State has issued a Travel Warning for Colombia. The Department of State has not advised individuals to refrain from traveling to Colombia, but urges travelers to exercise caution while traveling within the country. At this time there are no plans to cancel or suspend Freeman exchange programs in Colombia. Freeman will continue to monitor the safety and security situation in the country and will communicate any changes to program participants if changes are necessary.
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 9 Schools, all of which offer undergraduate and postgraduate programs: Management, Architecture and Design, Arts and Humanities, Science, Social Sciences, Law, Economics, Engineering and Medicine.
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.
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.
Overall, the program at Uniandes allows Freeman students to immerse themselves in Colombian culture and discover everything the country has to offer.
Universidad de los Andes is on the southern hemisphere calendar, which means the school year begins in January and ends in December. Tulane Spring Semester is referred to as Semester 1 and takes place January - June. Tulane Fall Semester is referred to as Semester 2 and takes place August - December.
On this exchange program, students take the same courses undertaken by Colombian students and other incoming international students. All courses are taught by Uniandes faculty. Most classes are taught in Spanish. Advanced intermediate Spanish is required to enroll in courses in Spanish. Uniandes also offers a selection of courses in English every semester. For a list of courses commonly offered at Uniandes and their Tulane equivalents, please see Sample Courses Offered.
Actual courses offered will vary from semester to semester and year to year. For an updated list of course offerings, please visit the following:
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.
Students register the courses without restrictions online. Courses with restrictions will be registered by the academic coordinator according to the requests made through “Sistema de Conflicto de Horario (SCH)” while the student´s registration period. Courses are available on a “first come, first served” basis. However, seats may be released until the very last minute. Thus, please check the course choice system on a regular basis and during the specific period of time assigned to you.
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.
Grades are based on homework, tests, presentations, projects and/or final examinations (varies by class).
Grading Scale and Conversion Guide
In Colombia, grades can go from 0 to 5, with 5 being the highest grade. To pass a course, one must receive at least 3 out of 5. Below please find the U.S. equivalents for grades earned at Uniandes. Tulane works with World Education Services (WES) for credit evaluation and grade conversion.
General Eligibility Requirements
Students must be in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing and earn a 3.0 GPA two semesters prior to studying abroad. Students must complete their 3010s prior to their semester abroad.
Requirements for Courses Taught in Spanish
If you wish to take business courses taught in Spanish with local students, you must have an advanced intermediate command of the language.
Freeman Semester Abroad Application
To access the Freeman semester abroad application, please attend a Semester Abroad Info Session. Once you have attended the info session, Goldring will set you up with a general semester abroad application. Login to your FreemanAbroad account to complete the application. Application deadlines are noted below.
Some exchange programs are more competitive than others. You can list up to six schools on your semester abroad application. All qualified applications are reviewed using a rubric that evaluates a student based on several criteria:
Some exchange programs are more competitive than others. You are encouraged to list six schools on your semester abroad application, in order of preference. All qualified applications are reviewed using a rubric that evaluates a student based on several criteria, including GPA; class standing while abroad; academic, personal and professional relevance of study abroad programs; and academic, linguistic, personal and cultural preparation.
Upon nomination, exchange participants are required to submit secondary application materials to the host university. Please see the Uniandes Factsheet for more information. The secondary application is due by the host university's deadline.
Exchange program participants pay their regular Tulane tuition plus a $1200 study abroad fee but do not pay Reily Center, Health Center or Student Activities fees. Housing is not charged by Tulane University but rather paid directly to the housing provider abroad. Students are responsible for additional expenses, including international airfare, passport, visa, meals, local transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses. See the budget sheet for more information.
Students may also arrange to live in independent (non-university-affiliated) housing. Past participants recommend Uniandes' Facebook groups for connecting with roommates. The private student residence R10 is also popular with Tulane students. R10 houses approximately 30 mostly exchange students. Past program participants say it's "A little run down but I loved it! Other exchange students really contributed positively to the experience! It can be loud sometimes but it is great for meeting people. R10 is not great for someone who likes quiet time, personal space or a modern kitchen."
Note: Goldring does not endorse any of the housing listed on the above links. Students are responsible for checking the condition of the property before signing a lease or making a deposit.