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.
One recommendation past participants have is to enroll in a salsa class at UniAndes. While the credits do not transfer back to Tulane, "it is by far the best way to interact with Colombian students and surprisingly few other exchange students attend." One past participant said, "I believed I learned the most in this class compared to my academic courses, got some excellent exercise, and made some great Colombian friends along the way."
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.
Ranking and Rigor
Top 101 - 150 bracket in the world for Business and Management - 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
Past participants report that level of academic challenge at UniAndes is generally similar to Tulane.
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 for 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)” during the student´s registration period. Registration typically takes place in January for Semester I and July for Semester II.
Courses are available on a “first come, first served” basis. However, some seats may not 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. Past participants say the academic culture at Uniandes is "similar to the American system with regular homework, quizzes, projects, discussions, lecture, and tests." The biggest difference is the amount of group work. Group work is more common at Uniandes than at Tulane, which is great for meeting local Colombians but can present other challenges. As one participant shared, "I had to learn to work with people from other countries with different values for time, group work, etc." "You have to rely on others to pull their weight for each assignment," another past participant shared. "Don't be afraid to be the project leader in your groups by holding other members accountable, assigning parts of the project to various members, and checking in on them to make sure that everything is done in a timely manner."
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). Please note: there is a very short period of time for contesting grades. Once a grade has been published, the student has 8 working days to contest the grade. Students must follow Uniandes' grade contestation processes.
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.
For Freeman semester abroad programs, students must:
complete their lower division business core requirements prior to their semester abroad;
earn a 2.5 GPA in the lower division business core courses;
be in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing.
Students who are on disciplinary probation, academic probation and/or honor board probation during the semester or term in which they intend to study abroad are not eligible to participate in a Tulane study abroad program. Approvals are revoked for students who are placed on probation after being approved to study abroad.
Students on disciplinary, academic and/or honor board probation during time of application are considered only if the probation period ends prior to departure for study abroad. Such applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by Study Abroad & Exchange in consultation with Tulane's Division of Student Affairs and/or Academic Affairs. If the application is approved, the host institution will be notified of the probationary status. It is within the discretion of the host institution and/or Tulane to place additional restrictions on a recently-disciplined student's participation in a study abroad program.
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 and make an appointment for follow-up advising with a Study Abroad & Exchange advisor.
Some exchange programs are more competitive than others. Students can list up to 10 schools on the semester abroad application, in order of preference. All qualified applications are reviewed on a competitive basis based on 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 Fact Sheet below 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.
Uniandes University Housing offers lodging services for international students at Torre Seneca, a 26-story tower located in front of Uniandess, which offers 628 rooms distributed in apartments of 1-, 2- or 4-room suites. The suites are fully furnished with: bed, mattress, desk, chair, closet, and a bookshelf; common areas of the apartment are furnished with dining table, mini fridge, microwave oven, induction stove. Throughout the tower, there are 7 study halls and entertainment rooms exclusively for residents. Room allocation is determined according to the requests the housing office receives from the students, which may be with Colombian students or exchange students. Students can choose the gender of their suitemates. If you are interested in learning more about Uniandes' housing and/or applying for university housing, please visit https://vivienda.uniandes.edu.co/torre-seneca/apartamentos-torre-seneca.
Students may also arrange to live in independent (non-university-affiliated) housing. Past participants recommend Uniandes' Facebook groups for connecting with roommates. Once you receive your UniAndes email, you can join a Facebook group to access apartment sublet information for students. Some past participants have also used Craiglist or the Bogota Short Term Rentals Facebook Group to find housing.
Homestays are possible but not through UniAndes. Students can search online for homestays and the international office at UniAndes can advise you if it’s a safe area or if it’s close to the university.
Neighborhoods recommended by past participants include La Candelaria, Chapinero, Rosales, Teausaquillo, and La Macarena.
Note: Study Abroad & Exchange 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.
NOTE: All dates are approximate and subject to change. Spring 2020 academic calendar to be confirmed. 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.