International students come to EAFIT from different parts of the globe. Their presence among Medellín residents produces a cultural richness that benefits them as foreigners and allows Colombian members of the community to experience other ways of perceiving the world.
In turn, EAFIT focuses much of its efforts on providing students the chance to study abroad, thus fulfilling the university’s promise to be open to the world. Students may opt to travel to other countries for different reasons, including fulfilling their internship requirement, perfecting their language skills or furthering their academic development.
The International Relations Office (IRO) maintains close to 140 agreements with institutions in 35 countries on four continents. Many EAFIT students who want to expand their academic horizons travel to the United States, Spain, France, Australia, Brazil, China and other nations.
This is because internationalization is one of the strategic focal points of the university’s 2012-2018 Strategic Development Plan. The IRO also leads Sígueme, an inter-institutional system made up of a group of Colombian universities and aimed at fostering student mobility within the country.
Likewise, the IRO and different departments provide a broad range of assistance and services to foreign students who arrive to study at EAFIT.
During 2011, nearly 250 students from 40 countries on five continents enrolled in classes at the Spanish for Foreigners program, whose best quality guarantee is its endorsement by Spain’s Instituto Cervantes. The program, part of the Language Center, also provides these students with comprehensive support.
EAFIT maintains a presence in Guatemala through its graduate certificate program in Marketing and master’s degree program in Business Administration, which are offered through an agreement with the Panamerican Consulting Group.
This nation, which exerts considerable influence in the Central American region, provides the university with a link to that part of the world. Some of the university’s continuing education programs also have been exported to the United States, Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia and Argentina.