Medellin Free City Guide

Colombian Student Visa

The visa situation for studying in Colombia depends on three things:

  1. The accreditation of the school
  2. The length of study
  3. Your nationality

Non Accredited Schools:

If you are studying with a non-government-certified institution then you can do so on a normal tourist PIP-5 Entry Permit, this is the passport stamp that which you get when you enter the country, easy peasy.  The only exception is if you are from one of the countries that requires a Visa to enter Colombia (see note below).

Accredited Schools:

Less than 90 days:

If you’re planning on studying at a government certified institution, such as a university, then the normal PIP-5 Entry Permit tourist stamp is no longer valid.

If you’re studying less than 90 days, you need to obtain a Temporary Visitor Entry Permit (PIP-2 or PTP-2).  If you’ve booked your course in advance then simply show your enrollment document and the schools registration certificate to Immigration on your way into the country and they’ll stamp your passport accordingly. If you don’t do this you will have to make a trip to Migracion Colombia to change your stamp from PIP-5 to PIP-2 which will cost you not only in time but in taxi fares, photocopies and obtaining photographs, plus there is a 81,000 COP processing fee. Failure to change your Entry Permit stamp may result in a fine of between 1/2 to 7 minimum monthly salaries, ie. 350,000 to 4.5 million COP.

Greater than 90 days:

If the course is more than 90 days then you’ll need to apply for the more formal TP-3 Temporary Visa (Student).  This requires a lot more paperwork and preparation.  In many cases you can apply for the TP-3 Temporary Visa (Student) in your home country if you have access to a Colombian Consulate or Embassy. Otherwise if you are already in Colombia it has to be submitted in Bogota (by yourself or via an agency).  Recently the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores has been implementing an online system for submitting documents and making payment.  We recommend you do your homework and check the latest requirements as they do change from time to time. You can read the requirements for student visas on the Cancillería website and a clear process of the process is defined on the government’s SiVirtual website and finally here is the link to request a visa online.

Remember that Student Visas are only available if you are studying at a government accredited program for a minimum of 10 class hours a week. A student visa is not a cheap way to stay in Colombia – we recommend this option only if you are interested in studying for an extended period of time. In addition you must attend 85% of classes otherwise the school is required to report you to immigration for failure to meet the minimum attendance requirements.

Your Nationality:

If you are from one of the countries that requires a Visa to enter Colombia then if you’re coming to study you must apply for the TP-3 via. If you’re not sure if your country is on the list please check the How to get a Colombian Visa page.

Colombian Student Visa
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3 Comments on “Colombian Student Visa”

  1. Dear sir or madam

    I read all the information carefully. But i still have some questions.
    Im going to colombia on the 6th of january and will travel for 3 weeks.
    From the beginning of february until the end of may i will visit a spanish lamguage school.
    They told me i dont need a visa, right?
    And after 90 days can i get other 90 days or do i havd to leavd the country first for 1 week?
    After 180 days could i get a tp3 visa in colombia ?

    Kind regards from switzerland
    Selina spring

    1. Yes you will receive a 90 day Entry Permit stamp in your passport when you arrive into Colombia. When that expires you can apply for another 90 days, without leaving the country. You can read the process on this page:

      If you want to stay longer than 180 days then you would have to switch to another visa such as a TP-3 Student Visa. It’s an expensive way to stay longer than 180 days so you need to be serious about studying during that time, since there is a 80% attendance required.

  2. Do you know where I could find a list of the accredited schools in Medellin? I’m wanting to apply for a visa but can’t find any information about the accredited schools apart from UPB and EAFIT.

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