Universidad del Norte

Uni Norte, founded in 1966, is a private research university located in Barranquilla, Colombia. The university is comprised of 10 academic colleges, including Business Administration, Humanities and Social Sciences, Health Sciences, Law, and Natural Sciences. It typically ranks among the Top 5 universities in Colombia.

Barranquilla, home to 1.3 million people, is the largest city in the Caribbean region of Colombia and the fourth largest city in the country. It is located conveniently between the popular tourist destinations of Cartagena and Santa Marta. Exchange students can easily travel around the city and throughout the Caribbean coastal region by taxi and bus.

UF students from all majors are welcome to apply. Because Uni Norte has limited course offerings in English, an intermediate level of Spanish is essential for academic success in the program. That being said, some Uni Norte faculty may be willing to accept assignments and exams in English.



Uni Norte Colombia
Uni Norte Colombia
  • Open to all UF majors
  • Languages of Instruction: Spanish (primary) and English
  • Required GPA: 2.5
  • Students must have completed 12 hours of coursework at the University of Florida
  • Official Transcript
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Interview with Dr. Thomas Knight, Economics Department Chair


Uni Norte offers a large number of courses across its 10 academic colleges. Students majoring in Business Administration, Health Sciences, and Liberal Arts and Sciences will find a large number of available courses. Most courses are taught in Spanish, which requires an intermediate level of proficiency. Students should meet with Nicole Fuls or Dr. Thomas Knight, as well as their major’s undergraduate coordinator, to identify appropriate courses.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition at Universidad del Norte is waived for exchange students. Students participating in an exchange pay tuition directly to the University of Florida at their usual tuition rate. All financial aid, scholarships, and fellowships are applicable. Students incur no additional tuition cost while they are on an exchange.

Financial Aid

University of Florida students needing financial aid should apply through UF Student Financial Affairs. Normal eligibility for aid may be used while studying abroad as an exchange student. This includes using the Bright Futures scholarship and the Florida Pre-Paid College Plan.


For fall, spring, and academic-year scholarships administered by the University of Florida International Center, the deadlines for application are: early March for programs starting in fall; and early October for programs starting in spring. Applications forms are available on the UF International Center website.

Health Insurance

Students will be billed for mandatory international health insurance which includes emergency medical assistance.


A $400 non-refundable service charge is assessed for students participating in single semester or Academic Year programs. (The $400 fee is refundable if student is not accepted to the program). This charge is due within 7 days of the application. Students will be charged regular UF tuition while participating in the program.

Application Deadlines

See the application deadline and dates on the International Center website.

Contact Information

UFIC Study Abroad Advisor
Nicole Fuls
Study Abroad Advisor
University of Florida International Center
1765 Stadium Rd. Suite 170 Hub | PO Box 113225 | Gainesville, FL 32611
p: (352) 273-1508 | f: (352) 392-5575

UF Academic Manager
Dr. Thomas Knight
(352) 392-0151

Additional Information

Universidad del Norte Exchange Flyer (PDF, 622 KB)