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Bogotá, Colombia

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Live the sabrosura, the flavor, the vibe, the motion of Colombia's capital when you study abroad in Bogotá. From world famous coffee to the cumbia dance, from modern skyscrapers to Spanish colonial architecture, Bogotá is a dynamic blend of the historical and the new. Take in a beautiful view of the city from the famous Monserrate cathedral. View Colombian painter Fernando Botero's works in person, at his museum in the historic Candelaria neighborhood. While studying abroad in Bogotá, attend one of the city's many art fairs, fashion weeks, and festivals or spend a night out on the town with new friends. A thriving economic center of about 8 million people, Bogotá sits at the helm of Colombia's revival and transformation.

Programs to love in Bogotá

Programs to love in Bogotá

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Business & Marketing

Business & Marketing

Universidad de La Sabana

In the cosmopolitan hub for Latin American business and emerging markets, Bogotá serves as the background for a dynamic semester program at the Universidad de la Sabana. You’ll study right alongside local Colombian students, but you don’t have to speak Spanish! The wide range of English-language courses means you can delve into Negotiation & International Trade or Digital Marketing, while also learning Spanish specifically for Business.

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  • Starting at $12,995
International Relations & Communication

International Relations & Communication

Universidad de La Sabana

Experience first-hand a country actively going through the peace and reconciliation process, after a long history of civil conflict. Take advantage of state of the art recording studios for television and radio. Reach an understanding of Colombian political history and relations with the rest of the world from an insider’s perspective. The wide range of English-language courses means you can delve into International Relations or Journalism with ease, while also improving your Spanish inside and outside the classroom.

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  • Starting at $12,995
Colombia Today: Language, Culture & Politics

Designed for anyone looking for a unique summer experience, this program gives students the chance to dive into a thematic topic through an English-language course and to improve their Spanish language skills. English language electives in this program are interdisciplinary courses that incorporate cultural studies, history, business, international relations, and the political sciences. Using Colombia as a case study and the Colombian perspective as a lens, students will uncover new ideas that the Latin American context bring to life. Language courses focus on oral comprehension and expression, listening comprehension, and grammar components appropriate to your language level. Get off the beaten path to explore the unexpected in Colombia for a summer.

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  • Starting at $4,295
Intensive Spanish Language

Intensive Spanish Language

Universidad de La Sabana

Designed for students at all levels of Spanish proficiency, you’ll improve and refine your Spanish language skills both inside and outside the classroom. In this intensive language program, you’ll immerse into local language and culture alongside other international students. Language courses focus on oral comprehension and expression, listening comprehension, and grammar components appropriate to your language level. Immersive yourself in the unexpected and off the beaten path culture of Colombia while learning Spanish from those who speak with the most ‘neutral’ accent of all Spanish speakers.

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  • Starting at $4,295
What's included in your Program'

What's included in your Program

From housing to excursions, our inclusions make studying abroad easy!
  • Personalized Pre-Departure Advising
  • Visa & Immigration Advising
  • Financial Advising
  • Tuition and Registration
  • Airport Pick-up
  • On-site Orientation
  • City Tour
  • On-site Staff Support
  • 24/7 Emergency Assistance
  • Travel Medical Insurance
  • International Emergency Service Support
  • Welcome & Farewell Events
  • Centrally Located Housing
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Language Exchanges
  • Excursions
  • Student Clubs & Organizations
  • Host Institution Services & Amenities
  • Official Transcript(s)

Medellin

Cartagena

Zipaquira Salt Cathedral

Coffee Farm

One of the benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to explore your host country and surrounding destinations. Excursions are offered for all semester and year programs; you’ll receive a calendar of available excursions during orientation. Here are a few past excursions:

Zipaquira
Salt Cathedral 

Get out of the hustle and bustle of big city life for a daytrip to the Zipaquira Salt Cathedral. Just 30 miles to the north of Bogotá, Zipaquira is a historic pueblo, a town known for its vast cathedral 620 ft. below ground carved completely out of a salt mine. Explore the salt cathedral, learn about the history of the town and how the cathedral was built, do some souvenir shopping, and end the day with a typical Bogotaño lunch before heading back to the city.  

Guatavita

Time to explore the ancient legend of El Dorado! Grab a bus to the famous Lake Guatavita, where legend claims the treasures of El Dorado are hidden. Guatavita offers a great opportunity to escape into nature and hike around the lake, as well as learn about the indigenous tribes of the region. After your hike, enjoy the day discovering small town Colombian life as you sip on coffee, tinto, and eat pandebonos, Colombian cheese pastries from a Colombian bakery.  

Villa de Leyva

Located three hours outside of Bogotá, Villa de Leyva is a perfectly preserved colonial Spanish town. It is known for its paved streets, white washed buildings, and completely unspoiled colonial architecture. Here, you can hike or horseback ride to Villa de Leyva’s famous blue wells, pozos azules, as well as enjoy live music in small, open-air restaurants. Don’t forget to order an arepa boyacenca, a corn flour patty typical to the region.  

Medellin 

Known as the City of Eternal Spring, Medellin is famous for its modern infrastructure, stunning views, and friendly people. Named City of the Year in 2012, Medellin has become a unique location overflowing with cultural activities. Students can try the city’s famous bandeja paisa, take the metro through colorful neighborhoods, or salsa the night away in Parque Lleras. The unofficial walking tour of Medellin is a must.  

Cartagena

An UNESCO World Heritage Site, this 400-year old city continues to draw people thanks to its vibrant colors, colonial architecture, outstanding gastronomy, and beautiful beaches. Many claim that Cartagena is one of the most captivating cities in the Americas. Take a trip to Playa Blanca to experience what Colombians consider their most beautiful beach, eat fried fish with famous coconut rice, and get lost walking through the old walled city, replete with ancient cannons left behind from the days of pirates.  

Coffee Farm

The Coffee Triangle is perfect for those who want to plunge into Colombian coffee culture, where they can learn about the cultivation and production of the country’s most emblematic export. Take a tour of a coffee farm and learn how coffee is produced from bean to coffee cup, before drinking some of the farm’s product and spending the rest of the day relaxing in the mountains. Next, head over to Salento to hike or horseback ride through the Valle de Cocora, known for its tall wax palm trees. Don’t leave without trying Salento’s famous trout and fried plantains!

Make the most of your study abroad experience by immersion in the local culture. CEA offer ways you can get involved through activities that fit your interests. Learn about our range of extracurricular immersion activities.

Take on Tejo


Learn to play the national sport tejo, a hybrid of corn hole and horseshoes using metal discs and a target with trace amounts of gunpowder.

Monserrate

Take the train or cable car to the top of Monserrate Mountain in the center of Bogotá. Explore the 17th century church there and take in the panoramic city skyline.  

Graffiti Tour

Don’t miss out on the graffiti and street art tour, guided by artists and influencers of the Bogotá urban art scene. 

Usaquen Street Market

While it used to be a separate town, Usaquen is now a neighborhood of Bogotá offering upscale restaurants, quaint architecture, and a weekly artisan flea market. Handicrafts and local food make this the place to explore the arts and culture of Bogotá.   

Paloquemao Market

On the western side of the city, engage your senses and gain insight into Colombian food culture at this daily food market. Explore the stalls for exotic fruits and vegetables you may have never seen before, let alone eaten! 

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer a few hours per week to aid in social work activities. This experience will provide you with a new, potentially life-changing perspective on Colombian culture and life. Please note, most volunteering opportunities require basic knowledge of Spanish language.

Mobile Journalist Program 

Want to build your digital portfolio while you study abroad? Join the Mobile Journalist (MOJO) program! You’ll blog, photograph, and video your experiences abroad, then share them on social media. 

Alumni Ambassador Program 

Your study abroad adventure doesn’t have to end when your program is over. Keep sharing your study abroad love on your home campus…become an Alumni Ambassador! This internship allows you to help other students on their study abroad journeys while gaining work experience and growing your professional network 

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What's included in your Program'

Bogotá Housing

Available:

Semester

Experience a Colombian living environment with an independent twist when you sign up to live in CEA’s Casa de Bogotá. A homestay and apartment hybrid, this housing option enables you to have the best of both worlds. Like an apartment, you’ll reside in independent living quarters for the autonomy you desire.  Like a homestay, you’ll enjoy the personalized experience of living with a Colombian host who prepares meals, cleans, and interacts with you to the level of your choosing. Casas are located close to transportation, restaurants, and shops.

Typical Commute

  • Universidad de la Sabana: 30-45 Minutes by Public Transportation

Meals Included

  • Breakfast and dinner Monday through Saturday

Roommates

  • Single or shared room (depending on availability)
  • 1 -2 CEA Students per Casa

Unit Amenities

  • Limited kitchen
  • Shared living space – Cable TV
  • Shared - co-ed bathroom
  • Bed linens included
  • Towels included
  • Internet access
  • Closet / Dresser
  • Desk and chair
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Available:

Semester

CEA students have the option of living in shared apartments while abroad. Located in the north of Bogotá, these apartments cater to independent, do-it-yourself-type students who want to experience the city just as the locals do. Apartments are conveniently located near local shops, restaurants, transportation, and services.  Cook delicious Colombian meals with your roommate in your kitchen, explore the personality of the surrounding neighborhood, and make your new Colombian apartment a home.

Typical Commute

  • Universidad de la Sabana: 30-45 Minutes by Public Transportation

Meals Included

  • N/A

Roommates

  • Single or shared room (depending on availability)
  • 2 – 6 CEA students per apartment

Unit Amenities

  • Shared kitchenette
  • Shared living space – Cable TV
  • Shared - co-ed bathroom
  • Bed linens included
  • Internet access
  • Closet / Dresser
  • Desk and chair
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Institutions

Universidad de La Sabana
Universidad de La Sabana

Founded in 1979, the Universidad de la Sabana is the only university in Colombia’s capital city outside of downtown. Founded on the city’s outskirts, La Sabana occupies almost 300 acres of land in the suburb Chía and is one of the greenest campuses in Colombia. La Sabana is a private university and one of the High Quality Accredited Universities according to the Colombian National Ministry of Education. Its International Business Administration and the Business Administration programs both have EPAS accreditation and the Journalism and Social Communication Program has the CLAEP international accreditation.

The university - home to schools of Economic and Management Sciences, Engineering, Communication, Law and Political Science, Psychology, and Education, among others - enrolls more than 9,000 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate students across their 23 undergraduate programs and 32 masters programs. Universidad de La Sabana has 60 research groups, and the campus features 29 specialized laboratories for business and financial data analysis, engineering labs, culinary arts kitchens, media production centers and modern classrooms and state of the art technology.

The Universidad de la Sabana is motivated by its mission to look for, discover, communicate, and preserve the truth in all fields of study. Although based on a traditional Christian ideology, the school today is not affiliated with any religion. Overall, the university seeks to prepare students and find solutions to complex problems through interdisciplinary work, cooperation, research, and teaching. 

When you study at Universidad de la Sabana, you’ll live about 30 minutes outside of the hustle and bustle of Bogotá. International students are actively welcomed on campus, guaranteed a Colombian student buddy, and encouraged to take part in the arts, sports, and cultural programs through the student’s center. You can even join student clubs, participate in free workshops, or joining a volunteer program. From live music to culinary art classes, from swimming to ultimate Frisbee, La Sabana makes sure every student is developing academically and personally. 

Accreditation

Universidad de la Sabana is accredited by the Colombian National Ministry of Education as a degree granting institution.

Grading

The grading scale in Colombia runs from 0.0 to 5.0, with 5.0 being the best score. The minimum grade to pass is a 3.0. Most international students earn grades between 3.8 and 4.5, with the average grade a 4.0. 

US Letter Grade and Grade Points

Colombian Number Grade

A

4,00

5,0

A-

3,70

4,8

B+

3,30

4,5

B

3,00

4,3

B-

2,70

4,1

C+

2,30

3,9

C

2,00

3,7

C-

1,70

3,5

D+

1,30

3,2

D

1,00

3,0

F

0,00

No aprobado



Please note that this grading scale is recommended by CEA and La Sabana, but that final credit and grade evaluation is ultimately determined by a student’s home university. 

Classroom and Information

  • Colombian faculty teach all courses, including Spanish language courses.
  • The semester is divided into three parts, with exams, presentations, or projects generally due at the end of each period. The terms are generally weighted 30%, 30%, and 40% of the final grade, but each faculty member will outline specifics on the first day of class.
  • Exams, homework assignments, and final exams will be administered.
  • Class attendance is generally mandatory and monitored by professors.
  • Teaching styles in Colombia may differ from those in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to different classroom structures and coursework expectations.
  • Class size ranges between 5 and 15 students for Spanish language and between 25 and 35 students for Elective courses.
  • Most of your peers will be Colombian, but you may attend class with other CEA students and other international students.

Amenities
  • Student Offices
  • Clubs & Organizations
  • Student Government
  • Student Center
  • Student Lounge
  • Study Room
  • Study Area
  • Counseling Services
  • University Library
  • Computer Lab
  • Computers
  • Student ID
  • Printing Services
  • Internet Access & Wi-Fi
  • Academic Advising
  • Tutoring
  • Student Sports Teams
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Dining Facilities
  • Banks & Post Office
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