Universidad Externado de Colombia

Live and study in one of the most historical, political and cultural centers of Colombia on the foot of the hill of Guadalupe at Universidad Externado de Colombia!

Externado is recognized as a leader in the areas of government & international relations, economics, business administration and finance. Founded in 1886 as an answer to absolutism and suppression of freedom of education, this prestigious university (within the top 100 in Latin America, QS 2019) has a combination of modern infrastructure buildings and historical houses. You will have the privilege to study surrounded by spectacular gardens and forests on campus on a year round subtropical climate. Be ready to explore the ideal mix of urban sophistication, colonial charm and natural wonder while refining your Spanish language skills.

Key information


Bogota, Colombia




Fall, Winter, Academic year

Program type


Application information

Application status



20-21 applications

First come, first considered for remaining spaces!

Fall until March 15, 2020

Winter/Full year until September 28, 2020

University-specific additional requirements

One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below. 

21-22 applications

Opens November 1, 2020

Program details

Areas of Study:

Externado offers a wide variety of programs, including: economics, international relations, geography, anthropology, archaeology, philosophy, psychology, history, sociology, communications, journalism, tourism, finances, law, math and social work.

Course Information:

Course information can be found by faculty. Click on 'facultades' and choose which faculty you are interested in, specify undergraduate, and then the department. "Curriculum" or "plan de estudios" is where you can find specific courses. 

Students have to take a full course load at the host university which is 18 credits per semester at Externado. Exchange students have to take at least 60% of credits in the faculty of registration. 

The academic year is divided into two semesters.

First semester: late January to early June.

Second semester: July to November.

  1. Costs

    Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider.

    Externado estimates the average living expenses per month around 500-750$US.

    Here are some examples of expenditures:
    Housing/Apartments: from 150$US to 350$US/month
    Food: 150$US/month
    Lunch in a restaurant close to the University: 7$US (15000 Pesos COP)
    Public Transport: 50$US/month
    Externado Student Health Insurance: 20$US/semester
    Student ID card: 14 $US/semester

    Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning.

  2. Funding

    Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange? 
    Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

    Our office administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the exchange funding page for more information.

Universidad Externado de Colombia does not have student accommodation in its campus. However, the University does have a preferred provider for accommodation that provides student residence. Livinn Bogota offers furnished apartments with included internet, cable and utilities for between 1-6 people with a fun common room that includes indoor swings!

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at the University of Calgary, who have completed at least one full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-).

An academic reference is required for a complete application.

Students that want to take courses in Spanish must have completed a minimum of Spanish 303 (4 semesters of Spanish) or the equivalent.

During the orientation week the level of Spanish will be assessed by Externado's Center of Spanish as a Foreign Language (CEPEX) and students have the possibility to take Spanish language courses at the CEPEX

If you have questions about the academic or social life in Bogotá you can post on their exchange students Facebook page, and can be in touch with other exchange students or with Colombian students.

Have questions?

Study Abroad 101

Please watch this YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.

Watch Study Abroad 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.

Book an appointment

The advisor for the program is: Tara Jorgensen.

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.