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Study in Colombia

Tropical beaches, rainforest, glaciers, remote deserts, soaring mountains and dynamic cities – you can find it all in Colombia, one of Latin America’s most vibrant and varied nations. If you’re after the bright lights of the big city, look no further than Bogotá, one of the largest and liveliest urban hubs in the continent. If a relaxed pace of life by the sea is more your style, check out the idyllic beaches of Colombia’s Caribbean coastline.

In the second half of 2014, Colombia overtook Peru to become Latin America’s fastest-growing big economy. And if you do plan to study in Colombia, you’ll be pleased to learn it’s also home to many of the region’s leading universities.

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Fast Facts

  • Borders with Panama, Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean
  • Fourth largest country in South America (after Brazil, Argentina and Peru)
  • Population: approx. 48 million
  • Capital and largest city: Bogotá
  • Main language: Spanish
  • Currency: Colombian peso (one peso = 100 centavos)
  • Major exports include oil, coffee, coal, gold, bananas, flowers, emeralds, sugar and cotton products.
  • Part of the ‘Ring of Fire’ – a region characterized by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions
  • Famous Colombians include singer Shakira and author Gabriel Garcia Marquez (winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature).
  • Colombia is the only country in South America that has a coastline on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
  • Colombia is the world's leading source of emeralds and its coffee is world-renowned.
  • Colombia is the second most bio-diverse country in the world; it has more species of birds than all of Europe and North America combined.
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