Study Abroad in Barranquilla, Colombia

The University of Alabama has a study abroad summer program in Barranquilla, Colombia.

This program will provide students with a total immersion in the Spanish language and culture and a unique opportunity to visit historical sites, monuments, and museums, as well as learn about Barranquilla and costeño culture.  The program is designed to complement the instruction received at the University of Alabama for Spanish minors and majors.

Host Institution

Universidad del Norte (UniNorte), Barranquilla, Colombia

Universidad del Norte was founded in 1966 in Barranquilla, Colombia. It is a higher education institution that has characterized itself as one that meets the needs of Colombia´s Caribbean Region through its community relations, deep sense of ethics, transparency and excellence in its academic, extension and research activities.

Today Uninorte, as it goes by, is one of the most important and prestigious universities in Colombia, achieving very important national and international accreditations in various academic circles. With a large offering of undergraduate studies, specializations, master’s degrees and doctoral degrees, as well as important continuous education programs, social outreach and impact in the community, Universidad del Norte makes a great contribution to the Caribbean Region. (Click here to read more.)

Housing, Lodging, and Meals

Students live in homestays in pairs.  A bus arrives daily to pick the students up in the morning and return them to their homestays in the afternoon.

Breakfast and dinner are provided by the host family.  Students are given a stipend to purchase lunch on campus.  During the weekend excursions, students are responsible for any meal when it is not provided by the hotel or when the group does not eat together.

Course Offerings & Prerequisites

Courses Offered     (Prerequisites in parentheses)

SP352-800 Spanish Conversation     (SP201 & SP202)

SP354-800 Advanced Grammar and Composition     (SP201 & SP202)

SP366-800 Spanish-American Civilization     (SP353 & SP356)

SP390-800 Colombian Literature and Culture     (SP353 & SP356)


All courses are 3 credit hours

Prerequisites can be waived with advisor’s permission

Extracurricular Activities and Excursions

In addition to completing coursework, students also take part in extracurricular activities.  These include trips to various museums, tours of cities visited, and cultural activities.

Three of the weekends are spent outside of Barranquilla.  The three excursion sites for Alabama in Colombia Summer 2019 are Santa Marta, San Andrés, and Cartagena.

Click here for more information about excursions and extracurricular activities.

Contact Us!

For more information, contact Dr. Bill Worden: