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Graduate Semester Programs

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

Founded in 1623, the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana promotes the importance of research and interdisciplinary studies in its 62 departments and 14 institutes. With its main campus in downtown Bogotá, Javeriana is uniquely situated to provide its students with opportunities to participate in internships and social projects. The University was the first in Colombia to be awarded Institutional Accreditation by the Colombian Ministry of Education for its high academic quality and pursuit of excellence.


Graduate students from AU who participate in this one-semester program enroll for a full course load at AU (9 credits) and take courses alongside the regular degree-seeking student population at Javeriana. Students can choose from among a broad range of course offerings across the different schools, as long as they can demonstrate that they have met any stated academic prerequisites. Programs of study include:

Latin American Studies
Conflict Resolution
Political Studies
Social Public Policy
International Relations
Rural Development
Environmental Management
Biodiversity Conservation and Use

Language Requirement

Javeriana is a Spanish-language institution and the majority of courses are conducted in Spanish. AU students who wish to participate in the program must demonstrate proficiency in Spanish, either by obtaining the DELE diploma B2 level or by being certified as having advanced proficiency by a licensed Spanish teacher. Students are solely responsible for obtaining proficiency credentials and for all associated costs.

Students also have the opportunity to take intensive Spanish language courses to improve their language skills without incurring additional costs.

Academic Calendar

First semester: January - June
Second semester: July - December

The Javeriana academic calendar begins in January and ends in December.


  1. Students are required to meet with their AU academic advisor and obtain formal pre-approval before enrolling at Javeriana. This ensures that all credits earned on the Program can be applied toward the student’s AU degree.
  2. Once accepted into the program, students are registered through the SIS Office of International Programs for up to 9 AU-Javeriana exchange credits (SIS-770). These exchange credits cover the Program credits only; research and/or internship credits are registered under normal AU guidelines.
  3. Students are enrolled at Javeriana in full-time status for a maximum of 20 Javeriana credits per semester. Students must enroll in at least 10 credits at Javeriana in order to qualify for a student visa.

Credit articulation: Grades and credits earned at Javeriana are articulated through the SIS Office of International Programs upon receipt of an official transcript from Javeriana. For conversion purposes, students should expect 1 Javeriana credit to equal 1 AU credit. The grading scale used at Javeriana is different from that used at AU and will be explained to students prior to their departure.

Tuition and Fees

Students pay regular tuition, emergency international health insurance, and technology fees to AU. Students do not pay the student activity fee, sports center fee, or SIS fee while studying at Javeriana. Students are billed directly by Javeriana for their student ID, official transcript, and other student fees if applicable.

Students are responsible for any incidental costs (such as library fines and lab fees) incurred during the program. Students are responsible for all personal expenses including housing and transportation.


Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements and for all housing costs. Javeriana can provide students with some resources for locating housing. However, students should expect to work independently to find housing in Bogotá.

Visas and Immigration

Once admitted to the Program, students are issued a letter of acceptance by Javeriana. Students use this document to apply for their student visa at the nearest Colombian embassy or consulate. Students are responsible for researching the most up-to-date immigration requirements and arranging all immigration documents.

Student Orientation

During the semester prior to the start of the Program, the SIS Office of International Programs conducts a mandatory pre-departure meeting. Topics covered include administrative, logistical, security, and cross-cultural issues. At Javeriana, students will be welcomed with the incoming class and provided with orientation materials.

How to Apply

  1. Complete and submit the Program application to the SIS Office of International Programs by the application deadline.
  2. After applications are processed and reviewed, students are selected by SIS for nomination to Javeriana. Upon nomination, students must complete and submit the Javeriana application for exchange students. The application process also includes submission of an official document certifying proficiency in Spanish corresponding to the DELE diploma B2 level, a list of courses students wish to take at Javeriana, an official graduate transcript from AU, a passport-size photo, and a copy of the student’s passport information page.
  3. Javeriana makes the final admissions decision and corresponds directly with program participants.

    The Program is competitive and applying does not guarantee admission.

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