Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

Here you can find general information about the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. 

“Pontificia Universidad Javeriana promotes comprehensive training of people, human values, development and transmission of science and culture, and contribute to the development, guidance, constructive criticism and transformation of society.”

Dreaming of spending your semester abroad in South America? The Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá is a private higher education institution founded in 1623. It is one of the oldest and most traditional Colombian universities, directed by the Society of Jesus, with its main campus in Bogotá and a sectional division in Cali. It is one of the 31 universities entrusted to the Society of Jesus in Latin America (AUSJAL) and one of 114 worldwide. It is the first higher education institution in the country to be awarded Institutional Accreditation by the Colombian Ministry of Education. Additionally, the University ranks fifth in Colombia for having the largest number of recognized research groups

The University in Bogotá has 18 Schools comprising 193 academic programs providing different areas of knowledge, giving the university its multidisciplinary nature. The Bogotá Campus comprises 18 hectares and 45 buildings in total.

Moreover, there are many students: 18,101 undergraduate students, 3,046 graduate students, 2,911 enrolled in distance learning and over 31,500 participants in continuing education programs.

Any foreign student interested in studying at Javeriana University as a normal academic student with a minimum class hour intensity of 10 hours per week, or in virtue of a Student Exchange Program, must request a Temporary Student Visa (TE) before the Colombian Consulate at Their Country of origin. This is Granted Visa for a maximum term of one year, with multiple entries. The TE Visa does not allow the student to work in Colombia.

Language and additional requirements (such as the TOEFL test):

A Spanish level of CEFR B1 is needed. Moreover, a RUG Language Test needs to be taken.


Javeriana University does not have dormitories, but helps foreign students to get a family home or college dorm that hosts it for the duration of their studies in Colombia. The approximate value of the costs of accommodation, meals included, is between $ 320 and $ 650 per month.

For help in achieving accommodation in Bogotá, students can contact the Student Support Point, sending an email to apoyoaestudiantes@javeriana.edu.co


  • BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2017: 95th
  • World University Rankings 2018:  501-600th

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