Universidad de los Andes (Uniandes) is a private, non-profit, non-denominational university founded in 1948.

The University’s current academic offer includes 17 doctoral programs (more than 390 enrolled students), 109 graduate programs (more than 3,700 students) and 43 undergraduate programs (14,100 students), totaling 18,200 students.

Universidad de los Andes School of Management (UASM) was founded in 1972 and is one of the twelve constitutive schools within the University. The School’s mission and vision were revised in 2011 and are grounded in the University’s values of excellence, freedom, solidarity and integrity. They are reflected in the different School’s programs, and in the highly qualified, inter-disciplinary faculty that contributes to address the demands of the Colombian society.

Teaching Staff

Xavier Durán

Associate Professor at the School of Management

Research Interests

  • Innovation, Economic history, Business history

Andrea Lluch

Associate Professor at the School of Management

Research Interests

  • Innovation, Economic history, Business history

Ximena Rueda

Professor of Economic and Business History (Economic & Social History)

Research Interests

  • Impacts of globalization on local ecosystems and rural communities
  • Relationships between global value chains and land use
  • The design and implementation of private-driven mechanisms to advance sustainability in agricultural chains

Bernhardus Johannes Wilhelmus Van Hoof

Associate Professor at the School of Management

Research Interests

  • Incorporation of environmental sustainability in organization networks like sustainable supply chains; material cycle closing; and the spread of environmental culture for large, small, and medium-sized companies in emerging markets
  • Going beyond collaboration in symbiotic industrial systems
  • Sustainable acquisition in emerging markets
  • Underlying theories for sustainable business models
  • Industrial ecology for managerial decision-making

Iván Lobo

Assistant Professor at the School of Management


The University provides student housing in the Torre Séneca. In 2017 Uniandes constructed this housing facility that was opened in January 2017. The Torre Séneca is a 26-storey building that offers furnished apartments of 1, 2 and 4 bedrooms, and suites for visiting faculty. They can be rented for different periods of time. The building is located one block from the University’s main campus.

Torre Séneca is part of a larger housing complex. It fronts two public squares: Plazoleta de la U (U square) and Plazoleta de las Artes (Arts Square), where cultural and artistic activities are held. Two floors are assigned to food services, pharmacy, bookstore, banks, hair salons, etc. The fourth floor links Torre Séneca with two other towers used by other universities, and features study halls, TV rooms, entertainment rooms, 24-hour gym, laundry and front desk.

The Torre Seneca, provides short-stay options. Students are able to come for a shorter period of time, but they would have to book their place in advance.

Information on these facilities can be found in the following link: https://vivienda.uniandes.edu.co/reservas/international-visitors

Cost of living

Click here for some statistics on the cost of living in Bogotá – please note that this is not a Universidad de Los Andes page but an external page.

Visa information

In Colombia, visa requirements depend upon 1) the length of stay of each student, and 2) the student’s nationality.

Less than 180 days: Permit to Enter and Remain in Colombia, PID

  • If students are coming for only one semester (less than 180 days), and if they are a citizen of a country which does not require a visa to enter Colombia (please refer to point 2), they can request a PID.
  • A student can request the PID upon the arrival at the airport by handing in the letter of acceptance to the University to the Colombian Immigration Officer at the airport.
  • Process: Migración Colombia will stamp the student’s passport, travel document or Andean Migratory Card (TAM in Spanish) with the correct stamp for entering the country (date of entrance, authorized days to remain and the type of entrance), which will be valid for ninety (90) consecutive days, which can be extended, for ninety (90) more days up to a maximum of 180 calendar days in a year.

More than 180 days: visitor visa type v

  • According to Colombian Law, “the visa is the authorization granted to a foreigner to enter and remain in the national territory as awarded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs”.
  • Having in mind that the student is coming for more than 180 days, or is a citizen of countries to which Colombia requires having an entrance visa, they should request a visitor visa type v which should be granted in the country of origin of the student at the offices of a Colombian consulate, in a Colombian Embassy. This process can also be made online.
  • If the student is coming for the academic year, they should always request a visa.
  • For more information on the process, click here.

The University’s Office of International Affairs (OIA) will be the main contact regarding all visa matters. Please remember that even though the application process has to be done by each applicant themselves, the OIA can support and advise students on the process. For further information, please contact: oiaincoming@uniandes.edu.co; +57 (1) 3324548.


All international students must check whether their nationality requires a Visa to enter Colombia.

All the information related to Visa procedures and countries that require a Visa to enter Colombia can be found here.