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Exchange semester at UTB

Apply to UTB

In order to promote the visit of external students and foreign universities who can stay from one semester to one year (or a month, in case you are enrolled in a Summer Course Program) by taking the area of knowledge you are interested in at UTB.

Academic Calendar

Orientation week: Last week of January

First Semester: First week of February to second week of June

Summer School: June 1 to July 31

Orientation week: Last week of July

Second semester: First week of August to second week of December

International courses


Registration Schedule

First Semester (spring term): From September 15 until

October 30, the previous year

Summer School: From February 1 until May 1

Second Semester (fall term): From April 01 until May 15

Application Requirements

  • Fill out the application form: https://forms.gle/b1pnHSzqqc9emeby8
  • Picture with a white background
  • Transcripts of records of all the previous semesters
  • Intention letter
  • Nomination letter from your host institution
  • Learning agreement
  • Copy of passport
  •  Proof of Spanish proficiency (B1 or B2 preferred)

Once you submit the documents, the Mobility Coordination will contact you via e-mail within the next week to let you know the next steps in order to receive your admission letter, as well as migratory matters, accommodation, etc.

Once you have the Acceptance Letter you can start booking your flights, preparing all the details for your trip, getting to know the other international students and getting ready to have one of the best experiences of your life.

Previous to your trip the International Office can help you with

Adaptation to city and university life in Cartagena
‘Buddies UTB’ who will help you and guide you trough all the process
Advice on finding accommodation
Cultural immersion and extracurricular activities

Useful information

All international students who want to study at Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar must have the necessary documentation or permit, depending on the duration of your stay in the city.

If you are interested in a short-term program for less than 90 days (Summer school, short courses, Spanish courses, Research Internships), the International Office will provide a letter you will have to present to Migration authorities once you arrive to Colombia. Make sure that the stamp on your passport is checked with PID, which is a permit that allows to stay in Colombia as a student for 90 days and can be renewed for another 90 days.

If your stay will be for more than 180 days, then you will have to apply for a V- Visitors visa. You can apply for the visa at the nearest Consulate of Colombia or via online.
You can check the list of Embassies and Consulates in the following government official webpage:

You can find the visa requirements and apply online here:

• When you receive your electronic visa you must go to the consulate to have it stamped in your passport. This step is VERY important because without the physical visa in your passport you will not be able to apply for your foreigner ID registration card once you are in Colombia. NOTE: If you couldn’t stamp your visa in your country, you can do it in Colombia but you must send the passport to Bogota.

• If your consulate does not allow the process through the online form, you must bring the same documents to the consulate and carry out the process that they specify. If you require more information about visas and their application processes

Foreigner ID

The international student who has been granted a V or M visa must present himself to Migration Colombia within the following 15 calendar days after his / her entry to the Colombian territory to apply for his ID. Failure to comply with this measure can lead to economic sanctions. To apply for the ID you must go to the office of Migracion Colombia in the neighborhood Pie de la Popa, Cl. 29d # 20- 18, Cartagena, Bolívar.

Take the following documents with you

• Original Passport and current Visa.

• Copy of the main page of the passport, visa and stamp of entry to the country.

• File and submit the Single Procedural Format or the Online Registration Code, attaching the following: Blood group constancy with HR.

• You can pay the cost of the ID card of $100 USD aprox., with credit card directly at the Migration offices.

International Services Contact

Incoming – Outgoing Mobility Coordination


Phone number : +57 5 6535376