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International Students

UTB welcomes international students and professors through a variety of opportunities that allows them to select a program that fits their academic, financial, and personal needs. In addittion to the Academic component students will get to experience the cultural immersion in Cartagena de Indias.

About UTB

Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar – UTB is a private, non-profit higher education institution, founded in 1970 and managed by the most important business associations in the region.

The UTB exchange program offers an excellent study abroad opportunity for international students in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. This study abroad initiative allows students from partner universities around the world to directly enroll for one semester, up to twenty credits at UTB.

The International office provides a Buddy UTB and city tours.

Opportunities at UTB

UTB it’s an institution with the highest quality standards in our academic programs and focused on give our international visitors all the guidance and help to adapt to the campus and city life.


UTB aims to provide the necessary support to students seeking opportunities for academic exchange, cultural, scientific, and facilitate cooperation with international organizations.

Exchange semester at UTB

Discover how to apply to the exchange program at Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar.

Spanish as a second languag

Live Spanish language and caribbean culture in Cartagena de Indias

Icetex scholarship

The reciprocity program for foreigners in Colombia offers scholarships to foreign citizens to carry out specialization, master’s, doctorate, or research studies at the postgraduate level. To apply to this program, candidates must have a good level of the Spanish language.

Interested students should contact ICETEX directly and complete the admission process in the UTB program they choose from the list in the academic offer of the Colombia Scholarship program.

Buddy Program

Our Buddy Program offers academic and cultural support, provides guidance to concerns regarding your stay in the city and at the UTB facilities, we provide the students with the information that their require from Colombia and all the services that the UTB has to offer. to national and international students who decide to take short courses, exchange semesters, double degree programs, among others at our institution

¿More information?

Mariana Flórez

Buddy Program Coordinator


Phone number: +57 695 6931919 Ext. 2196

Formative research stays UTB – ÉVRIMA

This modality of academic mobility allows an undergraduate or graduate student from a foreign university to carry out their research with the accompaniment of a UTB professor or to join a research project carried out by a full-time professor from the university.

Double degree program

We invite you to learn about the double degree program of Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar.

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