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Education System Overview

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 334 U.S. students studied abroad for academic credit in Colombia.


  • Academic year: Mid to late January – early December
  • Major school holidays/break: Schools and universities are closed during Holy Week, during parts of June and July, during one week in October, and during most of December and January. 


Structure of the University System


  • Years of study required to earn a bachelor's degree: 5 years (normally)
  • The language of instruction in universities: Spanish or Bilingual
  • Degrees offered: Smaller universities generally just offer Bachelor ́s degrees