Bogotá, Colombia, also known as the “Athens of South America” is a city of contrasts, and as such it offers a unique studying abroad experience. International students can find a hectic balance between the new and the old. From internationally recognized universities to regional offices for multinational companies, Bogotá is Colombia's capital for official business. Bogotá, can be regarded a melting pot of people from around the country, it is diverse and multicultural, with a blend of modern and colonial architecture. It's a city of high-rise buildings standing next to colonial churches; a city of universities, theatres and shantytowns. International students appreciate Colombians being very welcoming, caring and open; they enjoy showing them Bogotá’s culture, traditions, cuisine and secrets. Studying a degree abroad in Bogotá can be a great but challenging experience, with high quality professors and immersive field projects.
Bogotá is Colombia's largest economic centre and the headquarters of major commercial banks. Because of its status as site of the country's capital, it is home to a number of government agencies, which represent a major component of the city's economy. Major international companies with offices in Bogotá include: Oracle, IBM, PwC, Unilever, Huawei Technologies, Citibank, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Nokia, and others.
Colombia has the third biggest economy in South America, and is sitting on significant deposits of minerals such as oil, gold and natural gas. Bogotá is also the major centre for the import and export of goods and is the home of Colombia's tire, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries.
Bogota is also widely known as the "Athens Of South America" as it offers an exciting intercultural experience for international students, starting with cultural highlights, like Cerro de Monserrate, with its breath-taking view of the city, the folkloristic festivities on the occasion of Colombia’s Battle of Boyacá's Day, up to getting a taste of traditional Ajiaco and Bandeja Paisa.
Bogotá is a busy and active city, surrounded by the greens and mountains of the Andes. Bogotá also has high proportion of the country’s creative production activities, particularly in music, cinema, audio-visual and digital animation.
Music fills the streets, people chat at length with strangers, street art brightens up even the most neglected neighbourhoods and there is a real sense of community.
While in Bogota go to colonial villages, thermal springs and mountain hiking trails. Great weekend get-a-ways include a trip to Villa de Leyva, Villavicinecio, Girardot and Villeta among many other places.
Colombians love going “de rumba”, so if you are looking for an active and energetic nightlife, Bogota has a wide range of bars, cafes, discothèques and pubs to offer. The most common neighbourhoods to go out include La Zona T, Parque 93, La Zona G, with popular clubs like Theatron in Chapinero, or Andres Carne de Res in Chia.
Bogotá being a metropolitan city and the largest city in Colombia, attracts a lot of international students and expats. Despite bad reputation 20 years ago, tourism in Bogotá has increased since the 2000s, including its slogan “the only risk is wanting to stay” coupled by improvements in both and population safety.
A new international airport, an ever-expanding bus system connecting the immense city and constant improvements to infrastructure attract international visitors and students coming to live and get a good higher education in Bogotá.
Bogotá has a constant, mild to cool climate year 'round. Temperature fluctuations are relatively small with the average monthly high temperatures ranging from 59 - 62°F (15 - 17°C) while the average monthly low temperatures range from 42 - 48°F (6 - 9°C).