Universidad Icesi is located in Cali, a bustling city in the Valle del Cauca region. Cali is an important industrial and commercial hub, but also retains its traditional charm and cultural heritage. Known as the world’s salsa capital, music flows into the streets and people everywhere can be found dancing along to the rhythms as they go about their daily routines. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the historic Centro sipping a refreshing tinto (coffee) and observing the beautiful architecture of the La Merced and La Ermita churches, among other colonial-era buildings.  

Founded in 1979, Universidad Icesi has expanded greatly to encompass a wide variety of academic disciplines and educational opportunities. Universidad Icesi is one of the best universities in Colombia, and is also ranked among the top 110 best universities in Latin America by QS World University Rankings.

ISEP students immerse themselves in Colombian culture and daily life by taking university classes with local students and living in the community. The university has an active student body, and ISEP students can participate in sports teams, cultural activities and student groups. Universidad Icesi has a "buddy system" to connect ISEP students with local students and adjust to life in Cali!

Check out this video featuring an ISEP student who studied at Universidad Icesi! 

Course Description

Universidad Icesi offers courses taught entirely in Spanish in a variety of subjects including business, engineering, physical sciences, international relations and social sciences, and a selection of courses taught in English. One Spanish as as second language course is also included in ISEP benefits.

Courses in English:

Students can review Icesi's list of courses offered in English in the AACSB-accredited School of Business and Economic Sciences, and in the School of Engineering, Design, and Applied Sciences. All courses listed are offered both semesters, with the exception of Techniques for Trading Financial Assets which is only taught in the first semester of Icesi's academic year (January to May). 

Tips for finding courses in Spanish:

1. View the list of undergraduate or graduate programs offered at Icesi.

2. Click on the "Facultad" drop-down menu to choose the academic department, then click on the subject/degree program. 

3. Next, click on "Plan de Estudios" from the tabs at the top, or scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Plan de Estudios” (near the bottom, on the right-hand side). 

4. The "Plan de Estudios" page will have a graphic showing the academic plan for the degree program. At the bottom of the graphic, click "Ver contenido por materias" to see the courses offered and corresponding course codes. If you need access to course Syllabi, please contact your Student Services Officer.

Note: Courses in odd-numbered semesters (1,3,5,7) are offered January – June, and courses in even-numbered semesters (2,4,6,8) are offered July – December.

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Kira Hakanson 703-504-9991 | KHakanson@isep.org Thanks for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Services Officer and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I'll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.

Universidad Icesi

Universidad Icesi is a private, non-profit university recognized as one of the most important and renowned universities in Colombia due to its rigorous academic standards and its wide and diverse...


(in Spanish)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Biology

    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

  • Business: Recommended!

    Accounting Business Management Economics Finance International Business/Trade/Commerce Marketing

  • Computer and Information Sciences

    Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications

  • Education

    Elementary Education

  • Engineering: Recommended!

    Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Industrial Engineering Systems Engineering

  • English Language and Literature

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures

    Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Sciences:

    Medicine Pharmacy

  • History

  • International/Global Studies Recommended!

    International Relations and Affairs

  • Law/Criminal Justice

  • Natural Resources/Conservation:

    Environmental Science Sustainability Studies

  • Physical Sciences:

    Chemistry Geology/Earth Science

  • Psychology

  • Social Sciences:

    Anthropology Geography Political Science and Government Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    Art Studies Design and Visual Communications Music Performance Music Technology Music Theory and Composition

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
  • LPR Required
  • LPR Writing Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Reading Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Listening Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Speaking Score: B1 - Intermediate High
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Mobility

(in Spanish)

Fields of Study

  • Biology

  • Business: Recommended!

    Economics Entrepreneurship Finance Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Marketing

  • Education

    Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language

  • Engineering:

    Computer Engineering Environmental Engineering Industrial Engineering

  • Health Sciences

  • Law/Criminal Justice

  • Physical Sciences


  • Social Sciences

    Political Science and Government

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
  • LPR Required
  • LPR Writing Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Reading Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Listening Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Speaking Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Mobility

Other Academic Conditions

Courses in the following fields may have limited availability and are subject to review and approval of the appropriate pre-requisites: Industrial Design, Interactive Media Design and Medicine. 

It is highly recommended to choose courses from only one degree program in order to reduce course schedule clashes. 

Graduate students: Master's in Economy courses may be limited and MBA Global degree courses are not available. Interest in other Master's programs will be reviewed upon request.


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