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.

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Top universities in Colombia

UniversityRank*
Pontifical Javeriana University501-600th
University of the Andes501-600th
University of Antioquia601-800th
*University's current rank in the overall World University Rankings

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Statistics about Colombia

  • Expenditure on education out of total expenditure 15.86%
  • Of which, on higher education 20.76%
  • Enrollment rate in higher education 51.29%
  • Population 48,228,704
  • Unemployment 10.1%
  • Annual GDP 3.08%
Data source: The World Bank