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Colombia has a diverse and vibrant international education sector with schools clustered around the regional cities of Cartagena, Medellin and Barranquilla as well as the capital Bogota.
There are more than 50 international schools offering the curriculums of the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Switzerland and the International Baccalaureate Office. The vast majority are coeducational and offer day schooling but several provide single-sex education or boarding.
Colombia has 41 IB World Schools, of which seven are English-medium and nine teach in English and Spanish. A total of 38 schools are authorised to offer the IB Diploma and eight follow all three IB programmes. Some schools combine IB programmes with US or British exams.
The Colombian Baccalaureate is offered alongside British qualifications at the Colegio San Mateo, while other schools provide it in parallel with the US high school diploma, Swiss Matura or French Baccalaureate. Schools are accredited by various bodies including the Council of International Schools and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
All children are required to attend school from age five to 15, with state education provided free of charge. After one year of pre-school, children go to primary school for five years and junior secondary school for four years.
Two years of optional senior secondary education, divided into academic and technical tracks, culminates in the school-leaving Baccalaureate, which entitles students to sit the national university entrance exam. Columbia has more than 130 universities.
Tertiary enrolments have risen steadily since 2007 and pre-school attendance has shot up since 2011 but civil conflict and displacement led to a sharp increase in the number of out-of-school children in the five years up to 2015.
President Juan Manuel Santos, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for ending the country’s 52-year armed conflict with the FARC guerrilla movement in 2016, aims to make Columbia the most highly-educated country in Latin America by 2025.