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Universidad Industrial de Santander - UIS

Location Bucaramanga Campus, Bucaramanga Colombia
Ranking

# 1001-1200QS World University Rankings

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40Undergraduate programs

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3Postgraduate programs

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3QS stars

About Universidad Industrial de Santander - UIS

The Universidad Industrial de Santander is located in Bucaramanga which is known as "The Beautiful City", in northeast of Colombia.

Bucaramanga is the capital of the Santander region and is surrounded by the Chicamocha Canyon, the Páramo de Berlín and the municipality of Lebrija.

UIS opened in 1948 to meet the need for engineers in Colombia when industry began to flourish and was one of the first public universities to obtain (and maintain) high quality accreditation from the Ministry of Education in Colombia.

The university’s main campus is in Bucaramanga (with five locations) and four other campuses throughout Santander. It has about 23,000 students: 19,000 undergraduate and 4,000 graduate students.

The university has six deaneries, 36 departments and offers 45 undergraduate programmes; it also has 49 graduate specialisation programmes, 50 master's degrees and 10 doctorates. There are around 1,891 faculty members, and 1,087 administrative members.

UIS houses one of the three technology parks supported by the Ministry of Science of Colombia, Guatiguará Technology Park, which has 14 research centres and specialised laboratories. Additionally, UIS holds about 98 research groups, 11 scientific journals and 73 national and international patents, with more applications for intellectual property in the process.

Programmes are taught in Spanish; however, the university has a Foreign Languages programme with a major in English and a bachelor’s in literature taught in English, French and Portuguese. Courses in Spanish as a second language for international students are offered.

UIS’s Language Institute enables students to take up to level 5 English and two levels in French, Portuguese and Italian. German and Korean is also offered through the language assistants programme, and through university partnerships, Mandarin-Chinese is also available.

You can visit UIS’s social media accounts to find out more: Facebook ; Instagram ; Twitter ; LinkedIn ; YouTube .

About Universidad Industrial de Santander - UIS

The Universidad Industrial de Santander is located in Bucaramanga which is known as "The Beautiful City", in northeast of Colombia.

Bucaramanga is the capital of the Santander region and is surrounded by the Chicamocha Canyon, the Páramo de Berlín and the municipality of Lebrija.

UIS opened in 1948 to meet the need for engineers in Colombia when industry began to flourish and was one of the first public universities to obtain (and maintain) high quality accreditation from the Ministry of Education in Colombia.

The university’s main campus is in Bucaramanga (with five locations) and four other campuses throughout Santander. It has about 23,000 students: 19,000 undergraduate and 4,000 graduate students.

The university has six deaneries, 36 departments and offers 45 undergraduate programmes; it also has 49 graduate specialisation programmes, 50 master's degrees and 10 doctorates. There are around 1,891 faculty members, and 1,087 administrative members.

UIS houses one of the three technology parks supported by the Ministry of Science of Colombia, Guatiguará Technology Park, which has 14 research centres and specialised laboratories. Additionally, UIS holds about 98 research groups, 11 scientific journals and 73 national and international patents, with more applications for intellectual property in the process.

Programmes are taught in Spanish; however, the university has a Foreign Languages programme with a major in English and a bachelor’s in literature taught in English, French and Portuguese. Courses in Spanish as a second language for international students are offered.

UIS’s Language Institute enables students to take up to level 5 English and two levels in French, Portuguese and Italian. German and Korean is also offered through the language assistants programme, and through university partnerships, Mandarin-Chinese is also available.

You can visit UIS’s social media accounts to find out more: Facebook ; Instagram ; Twitter ; LinkedIn ; YouTube .

University information

Undergraduate admission is determined by the national admission exam for entrance to higher education (SABER), which is nationwide twice a year (typically March and September).

Graduate admission takes into account:

  • Academic records for previous undergraduate or graduate programmes
  • Recommendation letters by previous professors or bosses
  • Entrance examinations
  • Interviews

 

Each programme has specific entry requirements.

If you aren’t a native Spanish speaker, a level B2 in the European Common Framework is required.

As a public institution, UIS’s tuition costs are low.

Scholarship programmes like the OEA, the Reciprocity Programme for Foreigners or Icetex's Colombia Scholarship cover everything from medical insurance to tuition. Find out more here .

The UIS has 10 campuses and a total of 94 buildings.

The main campus in Bucaramanga city offers physicochemical engineering , physicomechanical engineering , basic sciences and human sciences , as well as university welfare, the Institute of Regional Projection and Distance Education, Central Library, administrative offices, auditoriums, workshops, laboratories, museums, stadium, sports fields and the coliseum.

The health faculty is located next to Hospital Universitario De Santander.

UIS’s Bucarica campus in the centre of the city offers UIS Broadcasters, the Honorary Consulate of Brazil in Bucaramanga, the Legal Office and Conciliation Centre, and university´s conference rooms and auditoriums.

The Guatiguará Campus - Guatiguará Technological Park, located in Piedecuesta. It houses the university's research centre with 39 laboratories and crops for agricultural and livestock programmes. There are also two buildings for business management in science and technology for research shared between the university, enterprise and state.

Barbosa, Barrancabermeja, Socorro and Malaga campuses offer programmes in physicochemical engineering and physicomechanical engineering, as well as distance education and a few undergraduate programmes.

UIS offers student welfare facilities:

  • Student dining room
  • Cafeteria
  • Basic health care services
  • Psychosocial care

 
There are also auditoriums, sports fields, study areas, and library reading rooms.

UIS’s university park offers architecture, gardens and cultural activities open to the public. On Sundays there is the “Vecinos y Amigos” (neighbours and friends) programme which hopes to promote social interaction between academia and the community.

Total students

20,546

UG students

93%

PG students

7%

International students

121

UG students

93%

PG students

7%

Total faculty staff

1,020

Domestic staff

96%

Int'l staff

4%

Student life

UIS’s mobility programmes attract visiting students from Mexico, Chile, Brazil, France, United States, Germany, Argentina, Spain and Ecuador. On average, there are 50 visiting students annually in face-to-face programmes and at least 40 foreigners virtually.

Students can participate in sports at recreational, educational, and competitive levels in football, rugby, swimming, volleyball, basketball, tennis, etc. There are also cultural groups including choir, dance, theatre, orchestra and more. Find out more here.

The university welfare division also carries out yoga, meditation, self-care workshops, dances, massages, and more.

The university also organises lectures, fairs, events, concerts, indigenous festivities, international days, dinners, and competitions to facilitate interaction.

UIS offers student residences for low-income students, and other students receive financial support through g rants to cover housing costs during their academic programmes.

There are plenty of housing options walking distance from the campus or via public transport.

According to the Labour Observatory for Education’s (of 738 UIS graduates in 2020) “Moment 0” survey, 73 percent of UIS graduates are employed less than 5 months after graduation, and 92 percent are employed less than one year after graduation.

Students in their final semesters and UIS graduates have a wide range of career services available including:

  •  Job placement
  • On-site and virtual job fairs
  • Sponsor plan
  • Foreign language courses
  • Altissia language platformme

 

In addition, UIS provides a lecture series to reinforce soft skills, dissemination, and guidance for studies abroad, special invitations to cultural, academic, sports and business events, among others.

Alumni can enjoy:

  • Discounts to attend cultural events organised by the university
  • Access to the library and use of databases
  • Participate in lectures, conferences and/or lectures organised by UIS and associated alumni networks at no cost
  • Receive all the advice and support from the Entrepreneurship Unit of the Vice President for Research and Extension’s Office

Find out more information here.

There’s also a directory of outstanding Professionals on the website .

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Rankings & ratings

Universidad Industrial de Santander - UIS is one of the top public universities in Bucaramanga, Colombia. It is ranked #1001-1200 in QS World University Rankings 2023.

QS World University Rankings

  • 2014
    # 701+
  • 2015
    # 701+
  • 2016
    #701+
  • 2017
    #701+
  • 2018
    #801-1000
  • 2019
    #801-1000
  • 2020
    #1001+
  • 2021
    #1001+
  • 2022
    #1001-1200
  • 2023
    #1001-1200

Ranking criteria

10.2
Academic Reputation
26.1
Employer Reputation
5.4
Faculty Student Ratio
2.4
Citations per Faculty
5.8
International Faculty Ratio
1.3
International Students Ratio
21
International Research Network
15.3
Employment Outcomes
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Available programs

UIS has 45 undergraduate programmes in the following faculties:

 
Find the full list of undergraduate programmes offered here .

The usual undergraduate programme requirements are:

Tuition for national and international students at UIS is defined based on the socio-economic condition of the student and the supporting family.

All undergraduate programme fees range from US$30 to US$2000 per semester for  2021.

Students in need are provided with assistance for food, residences or administrative assistantships.

International students can apply for undergraduate courses via this link.

UIS offers 91 postgraduate programmes offered through the following faculties:


There are 10 doctoral programmes, 27 research master’s programmes, 25 in-depth masters degrees, nine medical-surgical specialties and 22 specialisation programmes.

Discover the full list of postgraduate programmes here.

Learn more about postgraduate programme requirements, procedures and admission here.

Each postgraduate programme has its own tuition.

UIS may offer grants for students admitted to subsidised research masters and doctoral programmes.

There are scholarship programmes such as the OE, the Reciprocity Programme for Foreigners, or Icetex's Colombia Scholarships. These scholarships offer some form of financial assistance to prospective students. Find out more about scholarships here.

International students can apply to postgraduate courses at UIS here.

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