Universidad del Magdalena

General information

Introduction

Universidad del Magdalena (Unimagdalena) is one of the primary institutions of higher education in Colombia. Located in Santa Marta, a strategic port city in the Colombian Caribbean region, the university is a public institution offering a wide range of well-established undergraduate and graduate programs, a history of research excellence and a tradition of public service. It is the oldest, largest and most comprehensive university in a state distinguished for its extraordinary natural, historical and cultural heritage and is known worldwide as the birthplace of the Nobel Laureate Gabriel García Márquez.

Our institution supports an estimated population of nineteen-thousand (19,000) students and has twenty-five (25) undergraduate programs and eleven (11) graduate programs in five (5) disciplines: Engineering, Economic and Managerial Sciences, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences. We have been classified as one of the top ten research universities in Colombia by the National System of Science and Technology.

Unimagdalena and Erasmus Mundus

Unimagdalena is currently participating in three Erasmus Mundus Action 2 projects: EULALINKS, which was selected in the 2012 call for applications and is led by the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (Germany); EUREKA, selected in 2013 and led by Universität Oldenburg (Germany) and EURICA, also selected in 2013 and led by University of Groningen (Netherlands). It participated in the previous External Cooperation Windows program as an associate member of the COOPEN consortium led by Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (Spain). The management unit in charge of these projects at Unimagdalena is the International Relations Office and the direct responsible is Carlos Coronado Vargas. Please feel free to contact us.

Information per Mobility Type

Undergraduate exchange

All of the undergraduate programmes are open to international exchange students and Spanish is the language of instruction. Spanish proficiency exams are not required by Unimagdalena– it is expected of the partner institution to assess the student’s skill in the Spanish language for the purpose of an exchange semester. To access the list of undergraduate programs and its study plans, please consult our webpage

If you require further information please contact the International Office:

Master degree studies

Unimagdalena offers seven (7) master degree programmes. Spanish is the language of instruction. Master degrees in Colombia take two years. For more information on Unimagdalena’s master programmes, please consult our website 

In order to be admitted as a non-degree student (being non-degree the only type of mobility allowed by the EURICA partnership), in any case you will need:

  • Letter of endorsement issued by the international office or master programme in country of origin.
  • An undergraduate degree in an academic field that related to the Master’s programme you apply to.
  • Spanish proficiency exams are not required by Unimagdalena for exchange students – it is expected of the partner institution to assess the student’s skill in the Spanish language for the purpose of a non-degree semester at the graduate level.

If you require further information please contact the Graduate Center: with a CC to the International Office

PhD studies

A doctorate in Colombia takes approximately four years. The language of research is Spanish but accommodations can be made in different areas. Our students are mainly from Colombia but there is a growing number of Latin American students. Although a PhD mainly focuses on carrying out a research project, up to two semesters of coursework is usually part of a doctorate. In most cases, a Master’s degree is required for students to be admitted to a PhD programme, although there may be exceptions to this rule depending on the applicant's research experience. Most PhD students in Unimagdalena work on individual projects in close collaboration with their supervisor(s), at least one of these being a full professor.

In relation with Erasmus Mundus it is therefore essential that any prospective PhD student has been pre-accepted by a supervisor at Unimagdalena. A letter of pre-acceptance should be enclosed with your application.

In order to find a supervisor you may contact the Graduate Center postgrados@unimagdalena.edu.co with a CC to the International Office relinternacional@unimagdalena.edu.co. Please always enclose your English-language CV and a brief description of your research topic in your communications.

Post-doctoral research and Staff

The University is eager to expand its international research network, and equally welcomes applications from talented post-doctoral researchers as well as Staff. In relation with Erasmus Mundus it is therefore essential that any prospective post-doctoral researcher/staff visitor has been invited by a supervisor/host at the University. A letter of pre-acceptance should be enclosed with your application.

In order to find a supervisor you may contact the International Office Please always enclose your English-language CV and a brief description of your research topic in your communications.