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National University of Colombia

Address: Cra 45, Bogotá, Colombia

Description National University of Colombia

  • Established: 1867
  • Type: State Higher Educational Institution
  • Location: Bogota, Colombia
  • Rating: 392
  • Language of instruction: English.

National University of Colombia (UNAL) was founded in 1867 and is the state higher educational institution of Colombia. The leading areas of university preparation are engineering and technology, art and the humanities, management and social sciences.

UNAL is part of the following associations:

  • Asociación Colombiana para el Avance de la Ciencia (ACAC)
  • Asociación columbus
  • Asociación de Universidades Iberoamericamnas de Postgrado (AUIP)
  • OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCW).

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in National University of Colombia

Program name


  • Dates: year-round
  • Duration: 5 years.

The university offers undergraduate programs in the following areas:

  • Agronomic technology
  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Biological engineering
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Mining and metallurgical engineering
  • State Accounting
  • Spanish and Classical Philology
  • Linguistics
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • System and computer engineering
  • Dentistry
  • Business management
  • Physiotherapy, etc.


  • Dates: year-round
  • Duration: 2 years.

The university offers master's programs in the following areas:

  • Computer Systems Administration
  • Actuarial calculations and finance
  • Anthropology
  • Biostatistics
  • Human genetics
  • Geomorphology and Terrain
  • History and theory of art, architecture and the city
  • Clinical epidemiology
  • Forest and environmental protection
  • Meteorology
  • Sports physiotherapy and physical activity
  • Pharmacology and others.
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Doctoral studies

  • Dates: year-round
  • Duration: 4 years.

Doctoral programs at the university are implemented in the following areas:

  • Agroecology
  • Astronomy
  • Hydraulic resources
  • Urban and territorial studies
  • Livestock
  • Art criticism and architecture
  • Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics
  • Medical sciences
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Jurisprudence and others.

Accommodation, housing and food

The institution provides a dormitory on campus.


  • The university takes the 2nd place among the best educational institutions of the country
  • According to world ratings, the educational institution is in the top 5% of the best universities in the world and in the top 200 in terms of education quality
  • UNAL has a high reputation among employers around the world.
  • The university offers international exchange programs, distance learning and scholarship programs.

Equipment National University of Colombia

The university has seven campuses located in Colombia. The main UNAL campus is located in the capital of the country - Bogota. University logistics includes:

  • The library
  • Music class
  • Mechanical Repair Shop
  • Glass Blowing Workshop
  • Clinics for surgery and dentistry
  • Laboratory for mechanical testing and plastic deformation; hydraulic testing (LEH); x-ray fluorescence; sequencing and molecular analysis, etc.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

The university has a two-semester academic year.

Additional expenses:

  • Cost of living Bogota = $ 378 -666 $ / month.

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

To enter the university, you must fill out the online registration form to pass the entrance exams and provide the following documents:

  • Official certificate
  • Motivation letter
  • Cover letter from the educational institution in the country of the applicant (on letterhead with stamp)
  • Copy of passport
  • Financial guarantees (confirmation letter)
  • Health insurance.

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Recommendations on when to apply

Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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