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Universidad del Magdalena

Carrera 32 No 22 - 08 Santa Marta View map


Located in the Colombian Caribbean region, the University of Magdalena is located in the port city of Santa Marta – the most historical city in Colombia, and second oldest city in South America.
The University of Magdalena has received high quality institutional accreditation from the Ministry of National Education, making it the second public university in the Caribbean region to receive this distinction.  

The university is also recognized for its environmental and social responsibility policies, supporting the ten principles of the UN Global Pact and PRIME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) initiative. Not to mention, being the only public entity of the Magdalena department with an A+ financial qualification.

The University of Magdalena has a variety of degree programs on offer, including: undergraduate, technical, professional, specialization diploma, master’s, MBA and doctorate, covering subjects, such as:

  • Fine Arts,
  • Health Sciences,
  • Social and Human Sciences,
  • Economics, Administration and Accounting,
  • Engineering, Architecture, and Urbanism,
  • Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

Teaching is conducted mainly in Spanish. However, some courses are taught in English and require proven English proficiency.

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The university operates a number of welfare policies to ensure a positive education experience. 

The university’s Germán Bula Meyer Library is a fantastic support and resource center for academic, research and extension programs for student, faculty and staff.

The area close to the university is very well known for its biocultural identity, creative industries and alternative energies. It’s closely situated to strategic ecosystems, such as Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta – the highest mountain closest to the ocean, the Big Swamp of Santa Marta, and the Tropical Dry Forest, where the university establishes a “live classroom” facility.

The tropical dry forest is one of the most threatened ecosystems in Colombia and worldwide, and as part of the university’s extension and social projects, it aims to help restore the forest and contribute to a successful case study for climate change adaption.

The University of Magdalena’s Extension and Social Projection applies and integrates a dynamic and coordinated exchange of scientific, technological, artistic and cultural knowledge, and is develop through the three strategic fields of: cultural projection, social projection and professional practices.

There’s also a 54-year-old herbarium which boasts an historical collection of plants from the botanical expedition of the Royal Botanical Expedition to New Granada.

In 2018, the University of Magdalena enrolled over 12,300 students.

However, due to the considerable number of domestic students registering to study at one of the biggest public institutions in the Caribbean region, only one percent of students at the university are international.

If you’re an international student who’s interested in studying at the University of Magdalena, you can get granted an international agreement with established benefits and responsibilities.

The University of Magdalena is a member of the Reciprocity for Foreigners in Colombia Program. This program is offered by ICETEX, a public state entity in charge of funding higher education, which offers full scholarships for international students who are interested in graduated programs. Unfortunately, this is not available for international students who are wanting to study an undergraduate program at the university.

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The social relevance of the academic programs means the university’s graduates have an excellent reputation amongst employers.

In recently released QS employability statistics, the University of Magdalena met the minimum threshold in all three categories, including: employer reputation, graduate employment rate and careers service support, qualifying the university for three stars in the QS STARS audit.

University Highlights

Total students - 16,222


Total faculty staff - 537


Total students - 16,222


Total faculty staff - 537

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