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::: Universidad de Medellín

The Universidad de Medellín, founded 62 years ago, is a private institution of higher education whose main commitment is to contribute to the solution of the social problems of the country and each member of our academic community prepares day after day to achieve this fundamental principle. It has been granted the institutional accreditation certificate by the National Ministry of Education, which make it part of a selected group of 26 accredited universities in Colombia.

The University of Medellín is located in the neighborhood of Belén, in the Southeast of the city of Medellín. Its campus impresses both for its architectural harmony and for the charm of the green and forested environment that surrounds the institutional buildings. Functionality stands out among the University’s buildings designed for teaching, sports, recreation, culture, institutional administration as well as beautiful meeting points. This generous availability has made the University of Medellín a frequent venue for cultural activities and events in the city.

At the present time, this House of Studies is both the only institution of higher education which has received the certification in social responsibility granted by FENALCO SOLIDARIO, and the ISO 9001:2008 Certification, and is part of the select group of universities institutionally accredited thanks to its high quality standards which guarantee preparation in its knowledge areas according to the demands of the market.

The University of Medellín offers the following academic programs in the areas of Administration, Economics, Law, Communication, and Engineering:

  • 19 undergraduate programs
  • 4 associate degrees
  • 59 specialization programs (one-year postgraduate)
  • 31 master’s degrees in different areas
  • 3 doctorates in the Law and Engineering areas
  • Today the University of Medellín has 14.000 undergraduate students and 1.400 in graduate programs.

Research groups rated by Colciencias = 15 Groups (3 in A1, 5 in B, 3 in C, 3 in D, and 1 without classification)

  • Articles in Journals: 400 (In journals provided with index en = 100)
  • Books:82
  • Book chapters:237

The international student mobility, both incoming and outgoing, has been increasing since 2006. Foreign students have come from countries such as Germany, Mexico, China, United States, France, Belgium, Czech Republic, Spain, Switzerland, Argentina, among others.

Spanish course for foreign students called PEX (Programa de Español para Extranjeros) is offered by the Social Sciences Department and designed under the grading system of the European Frame guidelines.


Universidad de Medellín extorts the generation, the utilization and the social appropriation of knowledge. Universidad de Medellín policies are focused toward the fostering of a research culture, standardization with COLCIENCIAS, the promotion of applied research to reach basic research and the fostering of research qualification to internationalize its activities.

The processes that contribute to social problem-solving are materialized in the organization of professors working with research groups that are recognized and ranked by COLCIENCIAS, and also with research groups being formed. In their lines and strategic development plans, they promote activities leading to the production of new knowledge, training for research and extension and the appropriation of knowledge.

The Universidad de Medellín is a member of the following associations: ALECOL (Germany – Colombia), Columbus (Association of European and Latin American universities), AUIP (Iberoamerican Universities Posgraduate Association), IMHE (Institutional Management in Higher Education), ALCUE (Latin America, the Caribbean, and European Union network), Iberoamerican Association of Municipalities -UIM-


Association with research groups in common field of works, such us Engineering, Communication, Law and Administrative-Economic Sciences. Professors in lectures or classes at this University, and strengthening figures in undergraduate and graduate student mobility, both incoming and outgoing students.


Universidad de Medellín fosters the well being of its university community through services such as sports, Artistic and Cultural Promotion, Healthcare, Social and Economic Promotion and Guidance by means of recreational programs, qualification programs, representative programs, assistance programs, prevention programs and promotional programs. Universidad de Medellín students have multiple possibilities of activities in various schedules that provide quality of life, integral learning and the human development of faculty members, the student body, employees, alumni, retirees and the groups they influence.

For all of the above activities, the university community makes use of the various campus grounds and locations. The activities are evaluated by means of analysis, observation and polls and surveys applied to users of the different services.

Every six months, Universidad de Medellín programs Wellbeing Days, which provide each member of Universidad de Medellín community the possibility to freely express his/her firm will to seek and maintain his/her wellbeing. This state becomes evident when there is responsible self-satisfaction, satisfaction with Universidad de Medellín and satisfaction with society.


Based on plans, programs, projects, and the effective development of processes and to make administrative management more coherent with academic requirements, Universidad de Medellín has been implementing various tools which allow it to produce and provide diverse services with the opportunity and the quality that learning, research and extension require.



Universidad de Medellín
City: Medellín
Phone: +57 (4) 340-5172
Address: Carrera 87 No. 30-6