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Program Description


ISA Colombia - City
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   Quick Facts

  • Take Spanish language courses various levels, as well as courses instructed in English in areas such as business, economics, engineering and courses instructed in Spanish in fields such as engineering, science, art, business and more
  • Participate in the Bridging Cultures Program to help ease your transition into your study abroad experience
  • Consider participating in the Univoluntarios program if you have high-intermediate or advanced Spanish, volunteering in the local community for-credit
  • Enjoy excursions to locations such as Cartagena de Indias, Guajira Peninsula, Tayrona National Park, Totumo Volcano, etc.


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Location Details

Situated along the Magdalena River and known as the "Golden Gate to Colombia," Barranquilla (population approx. 2 million) is a vibrant and cosmopolitan Caribbean port city in northern Colombia. The city hosts the Carnaval de Barranquilla - one of the biggest carnivals in the world. As the birthplace of some famous Colombians - both Shakira and Sofia Vergara were born here - this fun living and friendly city is filled with a unique rhythm and pulse year round.

Barranquilla started its life as "Colombia's port" in the early 1600s. Through the years Barranquilla has welcomed people from all over the world, including Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. This diverse population has given the city a unique and friendly feel and an international flair.

Students studying abroad in Colombia will grow to love the "eternal summer" weather and the Caribbean lifestyle that and helps to make Barranquilla the unique and vibrant city that it is.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will not require a visa.* Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas.  If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.


Academic Program & Courses

Founded in 1966, the Universidad del Norte is one of the top universities in Colombia and the Caribbean region. The university has received accreditation from national and international bodies. Institutional internationalization is a priority for the UniNorte, and they collaborate with numerous U.S. and international universities to achieve this goal.

The Civil, Electrical, Electronics, Industrial, Mechanical and Systems Engineering programs at the UniNorte have been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

In the past few years the university has hosted numerous visiting students, professors and conferences from across the globe. The university prides itself on it's approach to education and strives to maintain a modern, accessible campus, and also increase opportunities for it's students. It is consistently ranked among the top 5 universities in Colombia.

The UniNorte is a U.S. style campus filled with beautiful tropical plants, plenty of open green space and even the occasional wandering iguana. The campus has many resources available for students such as computer labs, study halls, gaming rooms, a wide variety of restaurants/cafeterias, a library, athletic facilities and more.

ISA recommends that students who have not complete or tested out of a minimum of one semester of college-level Spanish enroll in a language course during their program.

English instructed courses are limited primarily to the fields of business and engineering, so be prepared with viable alternates in the event of a cancellation or scheduling conflict. In rare cases, course language of instruction may change from English to Spanish based on enrollment.

Course Disclaimer:

  • Course placement is based on a placement test administered prior to arrival
  • There may be mandatory prerequisites for some courses offered
  • Some courses may require additional fees - these fees are the responsibility of the student
  • Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers - students should have alternate courses in mind in the event of last minute class cancellations
  • For a specific list of course prerequisites, please refer to the course listing/course descripts for this program on the ISA website

Access a list of courses other ASU students have taken and view current course equivalencies.

Credit & Grade Conversion Scale
Click here to view how credits and grades at Universidad del Norte will convert to ASU credits and grades.

ISA Colombia - UniNorte
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Program Housing

ISA Housing in Barranquilla allows students a truly enjoyable and immersive experience living in a Colombian home with a local family. All housing is located in middle to upper class neighborhoods and offers glimpses of everyday life with easy access to your university and to city amenities. 

Host families are best if you are seeking full linguistic and cultural immersion during your time abroad. Each host family has been carefully selected by ISA's resident staff in order to best accommodate your needs and to ensure a comfortable living situation. Homestays will provide two meals per day and laundry service once a week. While students typically have their own room, you might share a room with another ISA student of the same gender.

Independent Housing:
Students may opt to secure housing independently. Students who select this option may receive a discount equal to the housing portion (room, board, and laundry) of the program price. By choosing to opt out of ISA housing, you are solely responsible for researching, reserving, and paying for all fees, deposits, and rent directly to the housing facility that you choose. Students who pursue independent housing will be required to complete an Independent Housing Waiver with the Study Abroad Office. For more information, please contact your International Coordinator.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Colombia, access to buildings, sidewalks and transportation is very limited for persons with mobility disabilities. Sidewalks (if they exist) are uneven and rarely have ramps at intersections. Pedestrian crossings are infrequent and motorists rarely give pedestrians the right of way.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact Student Accessibility and Inclusive Learning Services and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.  

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. For example, in Colombia, some women travelers may experience harassment in the form of cat calling and other forms of objectification by local men. Students are encouraged to travel in groups and in mixed company whenever possible.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services. In Colombia, some students, especially Asian-American students, can expect to receive attention (such as stares and comments) from locals. This treatment is usually motivated by simple curiosity.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

Partnership program participants will NOT pay ASU tuition for the courses completed abroad. Instead, participants will pay a Program Fee as a condition of participation. Partnership program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the published Program Fee. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet or Spring Semester Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet or Spring Semester Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program



Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2021 10/15/2020
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
Fall Semester 2021 04/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
Spring Semester 2022 10/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed