The Faculty of Finance, Government and International Relations has an unquestionable international vocation. Given the areas of studies focused on the international system, the Faculty has naturally become a leader in the globalization process of Colombia over the last 20 years.
Studying in a foreign university during one or two semesters represents a marvelous opportunity for FIGRI students to take advantage of. The field of study encourages students to welcome learning from other perspectives and points of view and to understand other cultures and other forms of thinking in the world. We consider that to travel and study abroad is also another form of learning and an exceptional source of knowledge.
FIGRI is one of the most dynamic faculties in terms of student exchanges and offers numerous options to go abroad and study for one or two semesters. In total, the student can do two semesters of exchange. These do not necessarily need to be consecutive nor do they need to be done in the same institution (for example, a student can do their eighth semester in the UNAM in Mexico, come back and do their ninth semester in Colombia and then take their tenth semester in Sciences Po Paris).
During the exchange, the student shall homologate subjects that they would have taken in FIGRI (provided that they pass these in the foreign university). This way, the student does not fall behind on their study syllabus and they continue to be an active student in the Faculty during their period of exchange.
All students who meet the following criteria may participate?
Todos los estudiantes que cumplen con los siguientes criterios:
1Be taking sixth semester as a minimum to apply (a student can do their student exchanges as of their seventh semester).
2Have had no disciplinary breaches during their studies.
3Not be behind on any subjects or credits.
4Fulfill the language requirements demanded for each case by the destination university. If the university of destination requires that the student present an official language exam, the student must have taken said exam in the moment of applying.
When can students apply?
The Internationalization Area of the University has two calls for applicants per year (one each semester). The calls for students generally open three weeks to one month after the start of classes. Students are duly informed of the dates of these calls for applicants through their institutional email accounts and through the webpage of the university.
Students should present their applications during the semester immediately preceding the one in which they wish to carry out the student exchange.
Steps for doing a student exchange
1Before the call for applicants:
Be Consult the webpage of the Faculty to know the available destinations, as well as the webpages of the partner universities. The Office of Student Exchanges can guide and offer students additional information that may help them in their decision making but in the end they cannot decide for you. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that the student do their own research by looking at the programs offered by these partner universities and the profile of the institution (academic focus, university atmosphere, location…).
Attend the informative sessions. The Office of FIGRI Student Exchanges and the Area of Internationalization organize an informative session the week before the call for applicants. It is important to attend this meeting to resolve any doubts before applying.
Make sure you fulfill the requirements. Do not hesitate in making an appointment with the Office of FiGRI student exchanges to verity the status of your application, the language requirements or to request consultation.
Participate in the call for applicants.
2During the dates of the call for applicants:
Fill out and send the candidate’s form with all the required documents of which are the following.
A motivation letter that contains the reasons for which you wish to do a student exchange to your first destination.
An ID photo
Your major GPA. This can be downloaded from your online profile (go to the webpage of the university>undergraduate students>academic consultation).
Attach the result of your official language exam required by the destination University of your selection (if you do not yet have the results of the official language exam, this should be indicated in the “observations” section that the exam shall be presented or has already been presented and the date the results should be made available)
Our student exchange committee will study the applicants to choose the students who are most prepared to represent the university abroad.
All exchange cancellations after a certain period of time shall incur sanctions.
The application for a student exchange is an institutional process. Therefore, the Universidad Externado will be in charge of your application request before the target partner university. Students must refrain from communicating directly with the partner university without previous authorization from the Student Exchange Office.
Students must pay attention to their institutional email account since the Office of Student Exchanges will be letting you know about the different processes you need to do in the application.
It must be specified that the final acceptance depends on the Partner University.
Once having been accepted by the partner university, the Office of Student Exchanges of FIGRI shall organize an exchange preparation meeting.
Some of our agreements offer the opportunity to students to opt for a degree in the partner university. The period of studies in the foreign university can vary depending on the program chosen by the student.
4 double major Master programs:
Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles (IEB)—Double Major
Double Major program—Master Grande Ecole in Management
Tuition Partner University: 0
Spaces available: 2 or 3 per semester
Language proficiency: Students must present TOEFL and receive a score of 80. Official exam required.
Program structure: The Double Major Program has a duration of 1 and a half: 2 semesters of classes and one semester of research thesis.
*It is worth mentioning that this does NOT include the internship, for which reason students must validate an internship as a FIGRI graduation requirement to obtain the undergraduate degree. You will receive a Master Grande Ecole in Management.
The term “free mover” allows any student to fulfill the program requirements for student exchanges and to move forward with studies in a university with which the Universidad Externado de Colombia does not have an agreement.
The student who is a “free mover” must present their candidate documents while the call for students is open, including the motivation letter in which they specify in which university they wish to do their exchange and their chosen study plan. This must also include the procedure they must follow, the costs they must assume and the justification of their academic project.