International Business, Spanish Language & Courses with Locals
In 1960, Colombian business leaders founded Universidad EAFIT, Medellín's most prestigious private university and the first in Antioquia to receive High Quality Institutional Accreditation from the National Ministry of Education. While the university specializes in business courses, EAFIT's Spanish as a Foreign Language Program has 25 years of experience in teaching languages and has earned ACCET accreditation. The program was also the first in Colombia to be certified by the Cervantes Institute. Located near the hip El Poblado neighborhood, the U.S. style campus features native trees and flowers and modern buildings. Campus amenities include a cultural center, library, research cubicles and study rooms, computer labs, bank, healthy-food snack bar, cafeterias and restaurants, gym and pool.
Fall 1 2020
Early Jul, 2020 - Late Nov, 2020
Apr 01, 2020
2.50 Minimum GPA*
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Enroll in the International Business, Spanish Language & Courses with Locals program to take business, economics and international relations in English with Colombians, improve your Spanish proficiency or take courses with locals.
Courses available in English and Spanish include business, economics, finance, management, engineering and international relations. Spanish language courses are available at all levels through the university's well-known Spanish as a Foreign Language Program. Courses in Spanish requiring an advanced Spanish level (4 or more semesters of college-level Spanish) include biology, communications, engineering, literature, music, political science and psychology. All courses are taught by host university faculty at the Universidad EAFIT.
Semester + Semester Programs Available: You can combine the Spring + Fall OR Fall + Spring sessions at a discounted price. For more information about this option, please contact your ISA Colombia Site Specialist.
Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.
Comprehensive Advising and Support
Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support
Tuition at the Host University
Meals and Laundry Service
Bridging Cultures Program
ISA Discovery Model
Official Transcript from the Host University
Professional Development Toolbox
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
12 - 16
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
18 - 24
- Course Selection
- The courses below reflect the most current list of courses released by the host university. Courses and contact hours are subject to change. Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the Colombia Program Manager.
- If you are at the advanced Spanish level (4 or more semesters of college-level Spanish), you can consult the complete Universidad EAFIT course list for more options.
- Course levels are determined by local students' degree plans. Courses without a course level designation are supplemental courses and course levels must be determined by the home university.
- Course Credit
- According to ISA policy, you must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by your home institution, for the duration of the program. Credit transfer is ultimately determined by your home university.
- You may enroll in 4-5 courses (12-16 U.S. Semester Credits).
- Language Courses
- You will have the opportunity to enroll in 4-week intensive courses at the university's Spanish as a Foreign Language Program, the first in Colombia to be certified by the Spanish Instituto Cervantes.
- Please note these courses will not appear on your transcript. You will receive a certificate and will have to petition your home university to receive credit for the course.
- Spanish language course enrollment occurs on site once your final course list has been determined.
- Please note language courses may have an additional cost. Contact the Medellín Site Specialist for more information.
- Language placement exam details will be provided on site.
- Business Spanish - no credit is a course available at an additional cost.
- The transcript from the Universidad EAFIT will reflect credits for each course listed below, with the exception of language courses that say "no credit". The contact hours for each course will not be reflected on the transcript, but are listed below to assist with credit transfer. Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program.
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Support & Funding
Funding Your ISA Program
As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page.View all Funding Options
Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Colombian lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor to Colombia. With an open-mind and flexibility, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.
We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations, however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.
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 breakfast and dinner every day except Sundays 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.
You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.
THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA
Admire the pueblo's colorful zocalos and hike up desination hotspot La Piedra del Peñol.
Medellín City Tour
Contemplate the famous sculptures at Plaza Botero, take in the view of the city from Pueblito Paisa and ride the cable car overlooking the city.
Santa Fe de Antioquia
Gaze upon 16th century colonial architecture and visit the Western Suspension Bridge.
The Coffee Triangle
Relax in the famous Santa Rosa de Cabal hot springs, explore Armenia and the colonial pueblo of Salento, and walk among the world's tallest palm trees in Valle de Cocora.
Cultural Activities in Medellín
The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Medellín. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Medellín special.
These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included cooking and dance classes, a soccer match, service day, visits to the Silleteros of Santa Elena and the Comuna 13 neighborhood.