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What to expect in Colombia

In many ways, this small South American country encompasses a whole continent. Within its borders, you will find the Andean culture of Bolivia and Ecuador, the Caribbean lifestyle of Panama and Costa Rica, and the Amazonian culture of Brazil and Peru. Colombia also encapsulates all the biodiversity that South America has to offer: from its Caribbean beaches and Amazon rainforests to deserts and the Andes mountains. This megadiversity offers a rich playground of experiences, from horse riding in the Coffee Triangle, to rock climbing in the Santander region, or canoeing through mangrove forests in La Boquilla.

While Colombia officially has two seasons: the dry season and the rainy season, because of the country’s varied ecosystems and altitudes, it’s best to prepare for all four seasons in one trip. On the whole, the Caribbean coast is hot and humid, while Bogota and the higher Andean regions are cool and rainy.

Where do we operate programs in Colombia

What type of programs can you do in Colombia

STUDY ABROAD IN COLOMBIA

Our study abroad programs in Colombia are located in two cities, Bogota and it’s northern suburb of Chia.

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Our Colombia Programs

Shown below are all of our program options for this country. If you can’t find a suitable program then please use the main program finder to continue your search.

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Study in Colombia (Universidad de la Sabana)

Study in Colombia and imbibe the rich diversity of this multicultural, biodiverse country while expanding your skills in preparation for the world of work.

Study in Colombia (Universidad de la Sabana)

Studying abroad at the Universidad de la Sabana, which has over 90 student exchange agreements with other countries, will expose you to a higher institution of learning that is richly embedded in global education. Here you will get the opportunity to learn about Latin American culture in one of the most diverse countries in the region.

Every World Endeavors Program Includes

Our international programs are intentionally curated to be comprehensive, and include all that you need to succeed and stay safe abroad.

YOUR PROGRAM

  • Customized to match your interests and goals
  • Year-round program availability and start dates
  • Flexible durations

ACCOMMODATION

  • Variety of options depending on program type – host family, shared apartment/house, student residence
  • Vetted and hand-selected with quality and safety in mind

TEAM OF EXPERTS

  • Dedicated one-on-one advisor
  • Local on-site coordinator

PEACE OF MIND

  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Mental Health First Aid-certified staff
  • 24/7 emergency travel assistance

PREPARATION AND SUPPORT

  • Airport pickup
  • Pre-arrival and on-site orientation
  • 24/7 local support

RE-ENTRY AND CAREER INTEGRATION

  • Re-entry handbook and support
  • Assistance with resume updates
  • World Endeavors Alumni Network

HEALTH & SAFETY

When you feel safe and respected abroad, you will flourish. World Endeavors participants are transformed through enriching, rewarding and safe experiences around the world. We meticulously monitor travel recommendations and will only facilitate programs where we can ensure our participants’ safety. 

We take key steps to ensure our participants’ well-being, including providing a pre-trip success guide, 24/7 local support, in-country trained staff, pre and post-arrival orientation, comprehensive travel medical insurance, and Mental Health First Aid-certified staff. Please contact us if you have any specific questions or concerns.

WHAT TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME IN COLOMBIA

If you find yourself with some spare time in Colombia, here are some suggestions on what you can do:

  • Shop for handicrafts: Local crafts like mochilas (handwoven bags) from the Wayuu tribe or jewelry made from emeralds.
  • Try Salsa Dancing: Take a class or simply enjoy the nightlife!
  • Visit Cartagena’s Old Town: A UNESCO World Heritage site, it boasts colonial architecture, historic forts, and cobblestone streets.
  • Take a Coffee Farm Tour: Visit a traditional coffee farm in the coffee triangle region (Armenia, Manizales, and Pereira) and learn about the coffee-making process.

Recent Testimonials

SydneyIntern in Ireland

I didn't feel like I was an intern - I felt like a member of the staff!

EdenStudy in Spain

Honestly it was the best semester I’ve ever had. I met so many people and learned so many things. I found a new love for a different country. I would definitely recommend World Endeavors to anyone who wants a life-changing experience!

JenniferStudy in Spain

My advisor at World Endeavors was absolutely excellent! Her expertise and delightful people skills were exactly what sealed the deal, making World Endeavors my final decision for study abroad.

GwenStudy in Czech Republic

It was like a reset! I experienced a lot of growth as a person and it made me feel like I have my life together.

BridgetIntern in Czech Republic

I went into it having high expectations and everything was completely fulfilled. I learned a lot - it was amazing.

AliciaStudy in Thailand

I have to say that what I remember, as much as Thailand's delicious colors and flavours, are the people I crossed paths with – the other students who became such good friends, and the local Thais who showed me such kindness. And of course the food. I still dream of the food.

WhitneyIntern in Costa Rica

Absolutely amazing. I learned so many new things I had never learned before and I'm still in touch with my host family.

Colombia FAQs

Where is Colombia located?

Colombia is located in northwestern South America, bordered by the Caribbean Sea to the north, Venezuela and Brazil to the east, Peru and Ecuador to the south, and Panama and the Pacific Ocean to the west.

What is the capital of Colombia?

The capital of Colombia is Bogotá.

Is Colombia safe?

Colombia has seen significant safety improvements, especially in major cities like Bogotá, Medellín, and Cartagena. However, travelers should remain vigilant against petty crimes in tourist areas and consult recent travel advisories before visiting, particularly for more remote regions. Staying informed about current conditions and seeking local advice can ensure a safer and more enjoyable experience.

How much is a dollar in Colombia?

The value of a U.S. dollar in terms of Colombian pesos can fluctuate based on economic factors, global events, and monetary policies, among other things. As of my last update in September 2021, the exchange rate hovered around 3,500 to 4,000 Colombian pesos for 1 U.S. dollar, but this rate changes frequently.

What is Colombia known for?

Colombia is renowned for its rich coffee, diverse landscapes from the Amazon rainforest to Andean peaks, and vibrant cultural traditions in music and dance, such as cumbia and salsa. Literary giants like Gabriel García Márquez hail from Colombia, and its historical sites, especially Cartagena’s walled city, attract global admiration.

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How to apply

You’ve decided to go abroad – amazing! Applying for your World Endeavors program is easy and stress-free. We can’t wait to get you on your way!

STEP 1
EXPLORE & ASK

Research and compare. If you can’t decide on a program, we can guide you toward the best fit.

STEP 2
SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

Fill out our online application form to share all your relevant details with our team.

STEP 3
ENROLL & PREPARE

Receive your official acceptance and enroll. We’ll give you all the info you need to get ready!

STEP 4
START YOUR ADVENTURE!

You’ve researched, planned and saved. Now you’re ready. It’s time to PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE!