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Applying from Colombia?

Here's all the information you need to study with us

If you’re from Colombia and interested in studying in the UK, the University of Portsmouth is a great place to fulfil your ambitions. And if you’re ready to take the next step, we’re ready to help you get here.

On this page, you'll find information about where you can meet us in your region, what you need to do to apply for a course with us and contact details for our people in your area.

Entry requirements for students from Colombia

If you're joining us from Colombia, the entry requirements you need to meet will depend on the course you want to study.

We consider all applications we receive. However, to make sure you get the most out of your time studying with us and have the best chance of applying successfully, we recommend the following minimum qualifications:

Foundation courses

If you take the Bachillerato (secondary school certificates), such as Titulo de Bachiller Académico or Titulo de Bachiller Técnico, you'll usually need to do a foundation year before doing an undergraduate course such as a Bachelor's degree.

We recommend you take a foundation course at our associated college International College Portsmouth (ICP).

Our Engineering foundation BEng (Hons) Engineering and Technology is delivered in our Faculty of Technology.

Undergraduate courses

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If you have completed the 2.5 - 3 year Tecnólogo Especializado with GPA 70% or above or minimum grades of 3.5 – 4.0, we will also consider your application.

You can also apply with:

A levels

  • Please check your specific course page to find the exact number of points needed. Your A level grades should equal or exceed the total points required. You can use the UCAS Tariff Calculator to work out your total points.
  • Some courses will require you to have studied specific subjects at A level. For example, to study a science course you will usually need to have achieved passing grades in scientific subjects at A level.
  • A level points: A* = 56 A = 48 B = 40 C = 32 D = 24.

International Baccalaureate

  • Most courses will require between 24 and 31 points in the International Baccalaureate (IB), depending on the degree you apply for.

You may be able to join an undergraduate course with other qualifications. We do consider qualifications from a range of sources. Contact us to find out more.

Postgraduate courses

For entry to our postgraduate Master's programmes, you'll usually need to have one of the following from a recognised Higher Education institution:

  • a Licenciatura (four years of study)
  • a Pregrado or Título Profesional (Bachelor's degree standard – four years or more)

Typical minimum GPA requirements from Colombian universities are GPA 3.5 (equivalent to a UK second-class Honours degree) to 4.0 (equivalent to a UK first-class Honours degree), grading on a 1-5 scale.

If you don't meet the postgraduate entry requirements, you can do a pre-Master's programme at International College Portsmouth (ICP) for many of our courses.


We'll consider you for a PhD if you have a good Master’s degree and submit a research proposal.

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English language requirements

When you join us, it’s important that you can speak and understand English to the level that your course requires. The specific English language requirements will be on your chosen course page.

We accept IELTS, IGCSE and several other certificates, but don’t worry if you're currently short of the standard required – we offer English Language Programmes that will get you to the necessary level.

What to do next

Ready to start your adventure with us? Whether you know which degree course you want to do or not, get in touch with us now or meet us at an event near you to discuss your next steps.

Our Global Officers are experts in helping students from Colombia, like you, to apply to join us. Whatever you want to know, just ask.

Scholarships and Bursaries

As a student from Colombia, you can apply for various scholarships and bursaries, including the International Alumni Referral Award, PassPort Bursary and Chevening Scholarship. You can find more information about these on our funding page.

COLFUTURO is a Colombian foundation which helps Colombian students to study abroad. Its mission is to promote, orient and fund the postgraduate studies of Colombian professionals in the world's top universities.

COLFUTURO's Loan-Scholarship programme offers loans of up to US$50,000 for two years, to fund postgraduate studies across a range of subjects. Up to 80% of the loan can be converted into a scholarship for students who return to Colombia.

Full details of these scholarships can be found on the COLFUTURO website.

You can also take advantage of a MAS Education scholarship, worth 3,000,000 Colombian Peso, available to some students beginning a course in September 2019 or January 2020. Full details of these scholarships can be found on the MAS Education website.

Students from Colombia are also eligible to receive our PassPort Bursary. The PassPort Bursary gives privately-funded students a 10% tuition fee reduction for their first year of study at Portsmouth.

It applies to all degree courses with fees of £13,900 or above for 2019 entry. You can find more information about these on our funding page.

Representatives and agents

If you want to learn more about studying with us or you want help with your application, contact one of our official representatives in Colombia:

Agents in Colombia by city

MAS Education Ltd

Calle 15
No.88 - 64
Oficina 706
Edificio Torre Zimma

Contact: Simon Terrington
(+57) 320-494-5977
Email: simonterrington@maseducation.org

Website: maseducation.org

The Grad School

Calle 84
No.18-38 Of. 505
Bogota D.C.

Contact: Maria Cecilia Pineda
Tel: (+57) 1-623-3506
Fax: (+57) 1-623-3517
Email: mcpineda@thegradschool.com

Website: thegradschool.com

SI-UK Bogota

Calle 106 # 54 - 78
Of. 702 Bogota, Colombia

Tel: (+57) 1 4574820 | (+57) 318 3499429
Email: bogota@studyin-uk.com

Website: studyin-uk.co

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