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1. ACADEMIC EXCHANGE PROGRAM ENROLLMENT:

This process provides students an opportunity to undertake courses in a national or foreign institution for one or two semesters; this includes institutions with whom the university has entered into specific agreements or with any other university.

Students must fulfill all foreign universities or institutions' requirements as well as all corresponding Embassy requirements; moreover, they must pay the following percentage of the tuition fee normally paid depending on the case:

• 5%: Course exchange without reciprocity (when there is no agreement with the institution a student will attend)

• 50%: Course exchange with reciprocity (when the university has entered into an agreement with the institution a student will attend)

Note: These fees are not refundable and they are the exchange program tuition fees in accordance with Decree 3 of September 4, 2006.

a) General requirements to apply for the academic exchange program:

• Have a 3.5 GPA
• Have no disciplinary or academic misconduct
• Be enrolled in school from 3rd semester to 10th semester
• Cannot fail any courses in the semester prior to the exchange program.

b) Documentation for academic exchange enrollment:

• Exchange applicant's registration form
• A clear legible copy of student's passport
• A letter of acceptance written by the institution the student will attend
• A parental authorization allowing a student to undertake an academic exchange
program
• Proof of International Health Insurance

The documentation required for acceptance varies depending on foreign institutions, so we recommend applicants to do all processing at least one semester in advance.

c) Academic Exchange Program Enrollment Process

1. Select the University you wish to attend

2. Evaluate course programs and study plans of that university to determine which courses can be recognized.

3. Meet with your corresponding Dean or Program Head, so they may provide assistance and the approval of courses that can be recognized.

4. Fill out the enrollment application form for exchange students enclosing the documents listed above and take them to the Division of International Relations.

5. Get your exchange program tuition bill at UdeM Registrar's Office (In Spanish, Sección de Admisiones y Registro) and pay.

2. ENROLLMENT FOR LANGUAGE EXCHANGE PROGRAMS:

Students who wish to undertake a language course abroad may apply for an enrollment that allows them to remain part of the institution while studying abroad. All they must do is pay 5% of the usual tuition fee billed per semester, and the university will save their study plans, and students will not have to apply for readmission upon returning to the country.

An exchange program may only be extended for one more semesters paying 5%. If you wish to expand your experience for a third semester, you must send a letter to the Academic Council asking for authorization to do so.

a) General requirements to apply for the language exchange program:

• Have no disciplinary or academic misconduct
• Be enrolled in school from 3rd semester to 10th semester
• Cannot fail any courses in the semester prior to the exchange program.
• Fulfill all foreign universities or institutions' requirements as well as all corresponding Embassy requirements.

b) Documentation required

• An exchange applicant registration form
• A letter of acceptance written by the institution the student will attend
• A clear legible copy of student's passport
• A copy of International Health Insurance

c) Language Exchange Program Enrollment Process

1. Select the Language Institute you wish to attend.

2. Fill out the enrollment application form for exchange students enclosing the documents listed above and take them to the Division of International Relations.

3. Get your exchange program tuition bill at UdeM Registrar's Office (In Spanish, Sección de Admisiones y Registro) and make your payment.

IN ANY OF THE ABOVE CASES, STUDENTS WILL HAVE TO PAY FOR AIRPLANE TICKETS, ROOM AND BOARD, BOOKS, SCHOOL SUPPLIES AND AN INTERNATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY.

3. ENROLLMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PRACTICUM:

An International Practicum is an internship abroad; it may be or not remunerated and it allows students to become knowledgeable of other cultures, and languages in some cases, and expand their international vision.

NOTE: With the Academic Council's exception, students may start their International Practicum in sixth semester.

a) General Requirements to apply for International Practicum:
• Minimum of 16 weeks
• 40 class hours a week
• Conducting activities focusing on their field of studies

b) Documentation required

• An exchange applicant registration form
• A letter of acceptance written on company stationery describing dates of the experience, schedule, duties and salary if applicable.
• A clear legible copy of student's passport
• An International Health Insurance Certificate

A student must pay registration fees for international practicum for an amount of COP $732.000 in compliance with Decree 4 of November 5, 2013, Document 652. This fee may increase every year in accordance to what UdeM's Chancellor's may stipulate.

c) Activities considered International Practicum:

• Corporate Internships
• Participating in research processes of fields realted to their professional training.
• Conducting courses, assistance and consulting which contemplate professional training.

d) Practicum Alternatives

AIESEC, is a global independent non-political non-profit organization managed by students and recent graduates of superior education institutions. Currently, it has 1,700 offices on 6 continents. They provide a global platform so that you may start to search for cultural or corporate practicum programs. For further information see (http://co.aiesec.org/)

IAESTE, (International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience), is an organization that includes more than 60 member countries in the world on 6 continents; it promotes training practicum exchange programs benefiting students, academic institutions, technical and technological organizations and the industrial sector. It makes it possible to receive students of different nationalities to undertake work internships. Likewise, it provides Colombian students an opportunity to learn and undertake training in a member country.

Applicants may participate in this program when they are regular full-time college students who have completed half of their major or even students who need at least one semester to complete their major when they submit their application form.

Requirements:

• Applicants must be students at IAESTE-related superior education institutions.
• They must speak English; and preferably, to be knowledgeable in other languages.
• Applicants must participate actively in college life and have good GPAs all throughout their studies.
• One of Universidad de Medellin's mandatory requirements is to belong to or to have belonged to one of UdeM's research initiatives.

Conditions

During training, participants may receive a monthly allowance in the currency of the country where they are and enough to cover basic local expenses including housing, meals and local transportation. The program does not cover the price of students' round-trip ticket to training sites, or life insurance/major medical expenses.

FORMS TO DOWNLOAD

• Exchange Application Form, F-INT_ 06
• Parents' letter of authorization, F-INT_02
• Preparation of documentation to travel abroad, F-INT_03

RELEVANT INFORMATION:
EMBASSIES AND CONSULATES
VISA AND ALIEN CARD PROCESSING
APOSTILLE AND LEGALIZATION OF DOCUMENTS
APOSTILLE PROCESSING

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REGULATIONS FOR EXCHANGE STUDENTS

Agreement 19 of December 7, 2006 (Academic and Disciplinary Regulations) and its complementary rules (Agreement 75 of September 16, 2013 and Agreement 10 of April 28, 2014) collect all information regarding the various exchange modes.