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International schools in Colombia

Are you looking for an international school in Colomba? Search for the best international schools in Colombia; you can find a list of selected schools at the bottom of this page. Use the search filters to select only girls' or boys' schools, prep schools, senior schools or sixth forms; or you can search for schools that offer a particular curriculum, such as the International Baccalaureate, the UK or US national curriculum or the International Primary Curriculum.

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. 





Altamira International School

Km 10 Autopista,
Puerto,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day, Preparatory, Senior.

Asociación Colegio Granadino

AA 2138,
Manizales,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Aspaen Gimnasio Iragua

Av. Calle 170, No. 76-55,
Barrio San José de Bavaria,
Bogotá,
Colombia

Girls, Day.

Aspaen Liceo Tacuri

Callejon de la Viga Pance,
Cll 22 and 23,
Cali,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day, Preparatory, Senior.

British International School

Apartado Aéreo 4368,
Barranquilla,
Colombia

Co-educational, Boarding, Day.

Buckingham School

Cra 52 No 214 - 55,
Bogotá,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior.

CIEDI - Colegio Internacional de Educación Integral

Km 3 vía Suba-Cota,
Bogotá,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day.

Colegio Abraham Lincoln

Av. Calle 170 # 65 31,
Bogotá,
111156,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day.

Colegio Albania

Calle 15 3-00,
Campamento de Mushaisa,
Cerrejón La Mina, La Guajira,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day.

Colegio Alemán

Autopista al Mar poste 89 Electricaribe,
Baranquilla,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day.

Colegio Alemán Medellin

Cra 61 No 34 - 62,
Itagüi, Antioquía,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day.

Colegio Americano

Carrera 89 No 4c-35B Melendez,
Cali,
Colombia

Co-educational, , Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior.

Colegio Andino - Deutsche Schule

Cra 51 Nº 218-85,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Colegio Anglo-Colombiano

Apartado Aéreo 253393,
Avenida 19 Nº 152A-48,
Santa Fé de Bogotá,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Colegio Bolivar

Calle 5,
No. 122-21 Vía Pance Cali,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Colegio Británico - The British School

Call 18 # 142-255 (Esquina),
La Viga, Pance,
Cali,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day.

Colegio Bureche

Troncal del Caribe Km2 vía Gaira,
Santa Marta,
Magdalena,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Colegio Canadiense

Carrera 51 # 97 Sur 137,
Sector Sierra Morena,
Antioquia,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Colegio Colombo Británico

Avenida La Maria 69 Pance,
Pance,
Cali,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Colegio Colombo Gales

Avenida Guaymaral,
Costado sur Aeropuerto,
Bogotá,
11001,
Colombia

Co-educational, Boarding, Day.

Colegio de Cambridge (Cambridge International School)

Vereda La Aurora,
Municipio La Calera,
Bogotá, Cundinamarca,
251201,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day.

Colegio de Inglaterra - The English School

Calle 170 #15-68,
Bogotá,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Colegio Gran Bretaña

Carrera 51 No 215-20,
Bogotá,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior.

Colegio Hacienda Los Alcaparros

Carrera 12# 118-36,
Verra El Salitre,
Bogota,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Colegio Helvetia

Calle 128 no 71A-91,
Santa Fe De Bogota,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day, Preparatory, Senior.

Colegio Inglés de los Andes

Km 4 Vía Cali Puerto Tejada,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior.

Colegio Internacional de Bogota

Carrera 49 no 202-85,
Apartado Aereo 103314,
Bogotá,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day.

Colegio Internacional Los Cañaverales

Carrera 29 No 10-500,
Arroyohonfo, Vía Dapa Km 1 Yumbo,
Yumbo - Valle, Valle del Cauca,
11297,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day.

Colegio Karl C. Parrish

Km. 2 Antigua Via a Puerto Colombia,
Barranquilla,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior.

Colegio Los Nogales

Calle 202 # 56 - 50,
Bogota,
11,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Colegio Los Tréboles

Vereda cerca de Piedra,
Finca Santa Elena,
Chía, Cundinamarca,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Colegio Marymount Barranquilla

Km. 5, Via a Sabanilla,
Barranquilla,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Colegio Mayor de los Andes

Kilómetro 3, Vía Chia Cajicá,
Verda Canelón,
Cajicá Cundinamarca,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day.

Colegio Nueva Granada

Cra 2 Este # 70-20,
Bogotá,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior.

Colegio Nueva Inglaterra (New England School)

Calle 218, No. 50-60,
Bogotá,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day.

Colegio Panamericano

Calle 34 No. 8 -73 Cañaveral Alto,
Floridablanca,
Santander,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior.

Colegio San Mateo

Calle 215 #50-24,
Bogotá,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day.

Colegio San Viator

Autopista Norte 209-51,
Bogotá, Cundinamarca,
111166,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day.

Colegio Santa Francisca Romana

Calle 152 # 16-40,
Bogota,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day, Preparatory, Senior.

Colegio Santa Maria

Carrera 11 #185B-17,
Bogota,
Colombia

Girls, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Colegio Tilatá

Kilómetro 9 vía La Calera,
Bogotá,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day.

Deutsche Schule - Cali / Kolumbien

Avenida Gualí Nº 31,
Barrio Ciudad Jardín,
Cali,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day.

El Camino Academy

Calle 221 #52-30,
111166,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Fundación Gimnasio Los Portales

Calle 212 No. 77- 20,
Cundinamarca,
Bogotá,
110111,
Colombia

Girls, Day.

Fundacion Liceo Ingles (Pereira)

Km 5 Via Cerritos,
17 Pereira,
Risaralda,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day.

Fundación Nuevo Marymount

Calle 169B,
No 74A-02,
Bogotá DC,
Colombia

Girls, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

George Washington School

Apartado Aereo 2899,
Cartagena,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

GI School

Km. 3 Vía Circasia,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Gimnasio Británico

Calle 21 No 9A-58,
Chia,
Cundinamarca,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day.

Gimnasio Campestre Los Cerezos

Via Canelón,
Finca Los Cerezos, Cajicá,
Bogota,
250247,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day.

Gimnasio Campestre San Rafael

Km 6 Via Siberia - Tenjo,
Cundinamarca,
Bogota,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day.

Gimnasio Cantillana

Vereda La Mata, Menzuly Sector,
Highway Piedecuesta,
Floridablanca,
Colombia

Girls, , Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior.

Gimnasio de Los Cerros

Calle 119 Nº 0-68,
Usaquén, Santafé de Bogotá DC,
Cundinamarca,
Colombia

Boys, Day.

Gimnasio del Norte

Calle 207 Nº 70 - 50,
Bogotá, DC,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day.

Gimnasio El Hontanar

Cra. 76 No. 150-26,
Bogotá,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day.

Gimnasio Femenino

K7 #128-40,
Bogotá,
Colombia

Girls, Day.

Gimnasio Fontana

Calle 221#108-20,
Guaymaral,
Bogotá,
0000,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Gimnasio Los Alcazares

Calle 63 sur 41-05 Sabaneta,
Antioquia,
Colombia

Boys, Day.

Gimnasio Los Pinares

Carrera 35 No. 9 sur 160,
Medellin,
Colombia

Girls, , Pre-Preparatory, Senior.

Gimnasio Vermont

Cl 195 No 54-75,
Bogotá,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

International Berckley School

Km 5 - Vía al Mar,
Poste 115,
Barranquilla,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day.

Jardín Infantil Tía Nora y Liceo Los Alpes

Av 8 Norte,
No. 66-05 Urbanización Menga,
Cali,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day.

Knightsbridge Schools International Bogota

Calle 221 No 115-51,
Bogotá,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day.

La Colina School

Carrera 80 No. 147-50,
Bogota,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day.

La Sierra International School

KM 2.5 Vía Los Besotes Después,
del Seminario Juan Pablo II,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day, Preparatory, Senior.

Liceo Francés de Pereira

Kilometro 5 vía Armenia,
Pereira,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day, Preparatory, Senior.

Liceo Pino Verde

Vereda Los Planes kilometro,
5 Vía Cerritos Entrada 16,
El Tigre, Pereira, Risaralda,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day, Sixth Form.

Lycée Français Louis Pasteur

Calle 87 #7-77,
110221 Bogotá,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Lycée français Paul-Valéry

Calle 50 N #4AN-56,
Cali,
Colombia

Co-educational, , Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior.

Marymount School - Medellin

Calle 7 No 25-64,
Medellín,
Colombia

Girls, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Montessori British School, Bogota

Calle 128 #72-80 Calatrava,
Bogota,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day.

Nuevo Gimnasio School

Kilometro 1 Autopista Bogotá,
Villavicencio,
500005,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day.

The Columbus School

Vda. El Penasco,
Envigado,
Antioquia,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

The Victoria School

Calle 215 Nº 50-60,
Bogotá,
Colombia

Co-educational, Day.