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Education Abroad Office

Universidad Externado

Area: Global Exchange
Location: Bogota
Country: Colombia
Term: Spring, Fall, Academic Year
Website: Universidad Externado

UofSC's exchange program at Universidad Externado is designed to help American students gain first hand knowledge of Colombian culture. The program is located in Bogota, Colombia's capital and largest city. Home to over 7 million people, Bogota is considered the melting pot of Colombia, where different cultures come together to create a thriving, multifacteted city. Students can spend their free time exploring Bogota's historic centers, parks, museums, and shopping centers. 

Students will attend Externado University, a private institution with a student population of 12,000.  Externado offers programs in Business, Tourism and Hotel Management, Social Sciences, and Economics. 

Colombia is on the University Travel Warning List. Students interested in going on this exchange program will need to complete the Higher Risk Travel process.

Cost: UofSC resident tuition rates + in-country costs

Requirements: 3.0 GPA, 1 or more 300-level Spanish courses

It is important to know that Bogotá is the third most expensive capital of Latin America. Depending
on the needs, the average expenses per month could be around US$400 - $600. Externado provides the following estimates for food, housing, and transportation:

Food: approximately $150 per month

Housing: approximately $200 - $400 per month

Public Transport: approximately $50 per month

Externado has a limited number of courses available in English each semester. The majority of courses are taught in Spanish. Exchange students can take courses from different programs, but they must take atleast 60% of their courses in their college or registration.  To see courses UofSC students have taken at this university, please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table

There are no planned excursions for this exchange. 

Per university policy, all UofSC students will be charged emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance for their time abroad. Contact the Education Abroad Office for more details. Externado also requires students to purchase the university's insurance so they can be registered into their academic program, have access to all university facilities, and receive medical attention from the university clinic if needed. 

Externado does not have on-campus accommodation. However, the University has agreements with LivvinX and CityU, two residential buildings that offer student dorm style accommodation and provide a special discount for international exchange students. To receive this discount, students must mention that they are exchange students at Externado. 

The spring academic calendar runs from the beginning of January to the beginning of June. The fall academic calendar runs from the end of July to the beginning of December. 

International Student Orientation Week takes place one week prior to the beginning of each
semester. During this week, Externado organizes activities to help  visiting students familiarize themselves with the University, the city, and the structure of the academic system at Externado. This time is also allocated for students to have a chance to look for housing
options, a process that Externado supports through a tour of the neighborhood and direct contact with
students interested in hosting visiting students (depends on availability).

Students who attend Externado for a semester or academic year are required to obtain a student visa


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