Study in Colombia

Colombia is South America’s second most populous country after Brazil, and its economy is growing. More than 40 of its universities have featured in Latin America rankings. Its most decorated higher education institution is arguably the University of the Andes in Bogotá, the capital, but the National University of Colombia, the University of Antioquia, based mainly in Medellin, the second largest city, and the Pontifical Xavierian University, which has campuses in Bogotá and Cali, also perform well in international rankings.

A gateway to both the Andes and the Amazon, Colombia is blessed with beautiful scenery. Proudly multicultural, Bogotá combines European and New World architecture. Even its oldest colonial street, Medellin, has undergone a radical transformation since the drug wars of the 1990s, with significant investment contributing to the development of what is now a far more affluent city.

The country is famously passionate about football, and is also well-known for the cumbia dance. Colombia has long been one of the world’s three largest coffee producers. Famous Colombians include writer Gabriel García Marquéz, singer Shakira and footballer James Rodríguez.

If you want to study in Colombia, then you need to know which of its universities are right for you. Times Higher Educations World University Rankings take the top institutions in the world, and look at their performance across all of their core objectives: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Colombia has 3 universities in the overall Times Higher Educations World University Rankings. The highest-ranking university in Colombia is University of the Andes, which is ranked at number 501-600.

Choosing where to study for a degree in Colombia is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. THE’s student resources are here to help you make the right choice, particularly if you want to study abroad. Explore the universities of Colombia below - we’ve pulled together some information that we hope will help you to decide where to study.

Use the map to see where Colombia’s top universities are located, and if any institutions are of particular interest, you can click on their name, or the “explore” button, to find out more. We’ve also pulled in information about how much Colombia is investing in its higher education, and also how many people live there.

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Browse the top-ranked universities in Colombia

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Top universities in Colombia

Statistics about Colombia

  • Expenditure on education out of total expenditure 15.86%
  • Of which, on higher education 17.73%
  • Enrollment rate in higher education 51.29%
  • Population 48,228,704
  • Unemployment 10.1%
  • Annual GDP 3.08%
Data source: The World Bank