Universidad de La Sabana



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

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. 

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.


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

































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. 


CEA Staff

Our dedicated on-site staff works to ensure your well-being. CEA staff will assist you with any questions that may arise during your program, help you transition into local culture, monitor your academic progress, and organize cultural and social activities.

Ahmad Refky

Senior Director of International Operations
Bogotá, Colombia
Ahmad is originally from Cairo, Egypt, where he lived for 22 years. His first foray into study abroad came when he lived in the U.S. as an exchange student during his senior year of high school. That experience inspired him to work in international education, where he has built his career over the past decade. After graduating with a BA in International Relations from the American University in Cairo, Ahmad immigrated to the U.S. in 2001, where he pursued his graduate studies at DePaul University and studied abroad in The Netherlands as part of the Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture, and Society.
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