Universidad Icesi is a private, non-profit university, founded in 1979 by key business leaders in Colombia. The university is located in one of the most prosperous regions of Colombia: The Cauca Valley. Since its founding, the University has been systematic in pursuing its mission: The pursuit of learning, discovery and knowledge and taking action to create a better world. For this purpose, Icesi has developed innovative academic programs and has encouraged students to search for knowledge through the “Active Learning” method, in order to produce better, well-prepared professionals. Icesi students have the knowledge and competencies necessary to stand out professionally in their disciplines.
Icesi is recognized as one of the most important and renowned universities in Colombia due to its rigorous academic standards and its wide and diverse range of undergraduate and graduate programs. Icesi is particularly well known for its business programs and is accredited by the AACSB. Courses are taught in Spanish only.
Icesi has a student population of 3,813 undergraduates. The student to professor ratio is approximately 28:1.
Cali is located in Valle del Cauca, 100 kilometers from Buenaventura's port on the Pacific coast. Cali is the second largest city in Colombia, after Bogota. Cali has one of the fastest growing economies and is also the principal urban, cultural, economic and industrial center of southwestern Colombia. The city is a cultural salsa music mecca, which has helped the development of a cultural industries cluster. This has contributed to the service-oriented economy which attracts an important number of tourists. Cali offers a region full of nature, adventure and entertainment. It is an ideal place to have a fully South American experience.
Through the office of Bienestar Universitario, Icesi offers many extracurricular activities, including gymnastics, theater, music, art, dance, sports, volunteering, social activities - and much more!
During the first month in Cali, international students will be accompanied by local students to familiarize them with university student regulations, system and academic methodology, the culture, local transport system and other items to help with adjustment to life in Cali and at the university.
Icesi 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 - May. Tulane Fall Semester is referred to as Semester 2 and takes place July to December.
Ranking and Rigor
Not included in 2017 QS World University Rankings.
No data on level of difficulty compared to courses at Tulane.
On this exchange program, students take the same courses undertaken by Colombian students who are studying for their degrees. All courses are taught by Icesi faculty. Icesi recommends that international students enroll in no more than five (5) subjects per semester.
For a list of courses commonly offered at Icesi and their Tulane equivalents, please see Sample Courses Offered. Actual courses offered will vary from semester to semester and year to year.
The University offer a free Spanish course for students who require it.
Registration is done directly with each academic program director during the Orientation Week.
Lecturing is the principal method of instruction in Latin American universities, with one final exam or paper sometimes counting as the only grade in the class. Some professors will also give midterm exams or assign papers or group work.
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 Icesi. 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.
To be eligible for the program at Icesi, students must also be highly proficient in Spanish: five semesters (or the equivalent) of Spanish language study are required.
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 school on the semester abroad application, in order of preference. All qualified applications are reviewed on a competitive basis based on GPA; completion of 3010s; 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 Icesi 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.
Icesi Housing Support
Icesi University has no bedrooms or residences on campus. However, the International Office helps exchange students find a suitable place to live in accordance with the student’s preferences. The International Office is responsible for finding housing in Cali for the international students during the first two months of their staying. The rent must be paid by the student. This contract may continue for a longer period or terminated at the end of the second month.