International Students

Semester abroad

International students can take classes worth up to 18 credits in our University in the periods of January until May and July until November.
In order to apply for admission for one academic semester it is necessary that you send the following documents:

  • Letter of motivation in Spanish
  • Application form
  • Enrollment verification issued by home institution
  • Official transcript of completed courses at the home institution
  • List of courses that you wish to take at Universidad Autónoma de Occidente.
  • Letter of endorsement from parents or next of kin including telephone number and address.
  • Curriculum vitae. (resume)
  • Spanish proficiency certificate (does not apply for Brazil)
  • Letter of recommendation issued by a professor.

Send application to:

Universidad Autónoma de Occidente
Oficina de Relaciones Internacionales
Calle 25 #115-85
Cali, Colombia


Associations for student exchange

The University has continuously been offering internships for international students that come with IASTE, AIESEC and LACCEI.


Independent International Students

For our internship offers please ask [email protected]


Tuition fees

Students enrolled in universities that have an agreement with our university will not have to pay tuition. Independent international students will pay the tuition according to the prices for every semester.

Student visa

Please ask for the visa requirements in the nearest Colombian Consulate in your country.


International students can either find accommodation in apartments shared with other students or in the houses of selected families, located close to the university.
The approximate cost per month for students ranges from $US 87 to $US 110 rent, including room maintenance, laundry and ironing services. The general expenses for international students including food, housing, transportation and entertainment add up to approximate $US 320.

Currency exchange rate: 2,300 COP = $US 1 (August,2005)


Travel destinations with departure in Cali, suggested by our International Programs office.

Download the international student guide. (Archivo .pdf - 1,15Mb)

Academic Programs

UAO offers 17 five-year undergraduate programs as well as 11 one-year (or up to 18 months) specialization programs.

School of Social Communication

Department of Communication Sciences

Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs

Department of Design

Undergraduate Programs

School of Engineering

Department of Automation and Electronics

Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs

Department of Information Sciences

Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs

Department of Energetics and Mechanics

Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs

Department of Production Systems

Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs

Department of Environmental Sciences

Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs

Department of Physics

Department of Mathematics

School of Economics and Administrative Sciences

Department of Administrative Sciences

Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs

Department of Economical Sciences

Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs

School of Humanities and Languages

Department of Humanities

Graduate Programs

Department of Social Sciences

Languages Institute

Contact us

International Relations Office
Email: [email protected]

Head of International Relations Office
Cristina Peñafort Camacho
Email: [email protected]