Universidad del Norte

Program Details

Program Location Barranquilla, Colombia
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Exchange
Course # SA 20228
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
Fall 2024 07/23/24 to 12/05/24
Page Links
Click here to apply for this program!
Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


Universidad del Norte

Founded in 1966 in the city of Barranquilla, the Universidad del Norte (Uninorte) is an institution dedicated to the well-rounded development of the individual at the higher education level. The university provides an environment of creative education and a campus where students can learn from the best and brightest teachers and make a positive difference in the community. UniNorte is a private university with around 10,000 students.

Barranquilla is a vivid, cosmopolitan, and industrial city located in the northern Caribbbean Coast region of Colombia. It is Colombia's fourth largest city with over two million people.

The spring semester typically runs from January - June.

The fall semester typically runs from July - November. 


For more program information, please visit the program website.


Universidad del Norte

The program is open to Purdue students who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture.

This university offers some classes in English. Most classes are offered in Spanish and will require advanced Spanish language skills. You can also learn Spanish at Uninorte.

GPA Requirement: 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Engineering] [College of Liberal Arts] [Daniels School of Business] [College of Science]
Specifically from: CS (SCI)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

UniNorte has the following schools available for students to take courses in:

• Architecture, Urbanism and Design

• Law, Political Science and International Relations

• Business School

• Humanities and Social Sciences

• Engineering

• Language Institute

Some courses are offered in English, but the majority of courses are taught in Spanish. You can also learn Spanish at Uninorte, please visit the Spanish Program website for more information.

You can explore more about the different areas you can take courses in here.


UniNorte's international programs office arranges cultural activities, day trips, and excursions for its visiting students. Examples of possible activities are a Barranquilla city tour, visit to Casa del Carnaval, day trips to Cartagena and/or Santa Marta, an International Students Fair, and dance and cooking classes.


Uninorte assists students with locating accommodations for the semester. Options are family home stays, room rentals, or apartment rentals with other international students.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Please note the housing cost includes meals as well.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2023

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue
You will pay Purdue Tuition Check Tuition
Program Fee $0.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month) $32.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,500.00
Housing $3,500.00
Books and Supplies $200.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $1,000.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information

Universidad del Norte

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email studyabroad@purdue.edu.