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

Universidad de los Andes is located in Bogota, Colombia. The University is a private, non-profit, non-denominational university, founded in 1948 as an autonomous, independent and innovative institution that promotes pluralism, tolerance, respect for ideas, and academic excellence.

As October 2022, the University had a total of 725 full-time faculty, 14,392 students at the undergraduate level, 4,429 at the graduate level and 435 at the doctoral level. Uniandes also comprises various specialised research centres such as the School of Government, the CEDE (Centre for Economic Development Studies) and CIDER (Research Centre for Regional Studies).

Universidad de los Andes School of Management (UASM) was founded in 1972 is one of the ten constitutive academic schools within Uniandes, its parent institution. It has a consolidated portfolio with a variety of programmes at the Undergraduate (1,329 students), Graduate (1,155 students) and Executive Education level (6,239 participants in 2022).

UASM defines itself as a school of management rather than a business school, and is committed to educate and influence decision makers in all sectors: private, public and not-for‐profit.

Teaching Staff

Xavier Durán

Associate Professor

Research Interests

  • Innovation, Economic history, Business history

Andrea Lluch

Associate Professor

Research Interests

  • Business and economic history, entrepreneurs (economic and organizational strategies)

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 van Hoof

Associate Professor at the School of Management

Research Interests

  • Industrial ecology, circular economy, sustainable business models

Iván Lobo

Assistant Professor at the School of Management

Research interests

  • Political ecology, social and environmental conflicts in Colombia


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

Some of our Cohort V students recently wrote an article for the student-led GLOCAL Experience blog about their experiences of accommodation in Bogotá – click here to read the article. Please note that the GLOCAL Consortium values our student and alumni communities enormously but it’s important to note that the content of the GLOCAL Experience website and social media accounts do not in any way represent the official view or position of the Consortium or any of the Consortium partner universities.

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 from 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”.
  • Bearing 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.