Spanish Program for Foreign Students

Available: Medellín and Bucaramanga

ESPEX (Español para extranjeros) is a Spanish program for foreign students created at UPB Language Center to meet the demand for Spanish learning programs offered not only to foreigners, but also to customers or institutions abroad. 

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Now you can study Spanish from home

Register now in our ESPEX Program at our Language Center! It´s 100% online!

Please, leave us your contact details filling the "CONTACT US" form or write an email to 

Start dates for group classes (2 - 10 Students)

July 12th, 2021
August 10th, 2021
September 8th, 2021

October 6th, 2021
November 5th, 2021

About private lessons

The minimum enrollment is 20 hours. Private classes are flexible varying in number of lessons with a minimum of 6 hours per week.  If you are interested in taking private classes, do not hesitate to contact us when you want to start.

We also offer the following courses in Medellín: 

  • Business Spanish 
  • Colombian Literature 
  • Recent History of Colombia 

These are offered on specific dates, but may also be available on demand.

Courses and levels

The General Spanish program comprises 16 courses corresponding to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Each course lasts 40 hours.  

Nivel A1 A2 B1 B2 C1
B1.1 B1.2 B2.1 B2.2 C1.1 C1.2
Curso 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

Intensity: 10 hours per week. 
Note: 20-hour-per-week classes may be available based on demand. 

Course schedule 2021

Semester 1 Semester 2
Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3 Cycle 4 Cycle 5 Cycle 6 Cycle 7 Cycle 8  Cycle 9 Cycle 10
Jan 18 to Feb 12 Feb 15 to Mar 12  Mar 15 to Ap 19 Apr 20 to May 18 May 19 to June 17  Jul 12 to Aug 9  Aug 10 to Sept 7  Sept 8 to Oct 5 
Oct 6 to Nov 4
Nov 5 to Dec 3 

Once you have the course invoice,  pay for your course

In Bucaramanga, the courses are offered on demand.

$1.421.217 COP*

1 course

$ 2.842.434 COP*

2 courses

3 or more courses: These get a 10% discount.

Cursos regulares

$ 3.117.681 COP*

1 course

$ 6.235.362 COP*

2 courses

3 or more courses: These get a 10% discount.

private class

$1.062.432 COP*

1 course

$ 2.124.864 COP*

2 courses

3 or more courses: These get a 10% discount.

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*COP: Colombian pesos.

For in-place applications

  1. Determine with  the  coordinator  the type of course, the entry level (according to placement test), and the number of courses to be paid.
  2. Deliver a copy of your passport’s identification page and entry stamp or visa.
  3. Have your personal data entered into the system.
  4. Pay by debit or credit card (directly at our Language Center) or by cash (at one of the bank branches in Campus).

For applications from abroad

  1. Send the coordinator an invoice request letter. Attach a scanned copy of the main page of your passport. Make sure to include address and phone number correctly in the letter.
  2. Do the payment at the nearest Citibank branch office upon reception of invoice on the part of UPB (the coordinator will send you procedure details).
  3. Send the coordinator a scanned copy or fax of the bank receipt (proof of payment). Make sure to include clear full name and the word ESPEX. Keep the original receipt and bring it with you!

Visa application process

Study visa application process: if you need to apply for a study visa before the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through an acceptance letter from UPB Language Center while in Colombia, you must:
- register, at least, for three courses in a row (120 hours);
- commit to a minimum of 10 hours per week of lessons;
- pay in advance for 100% of the cost of all the courses of the contracted program you will take during the time of your visa;
- attend the 80% of each course. If you fail to attend the 20% of a course without a valid reason and without notification to the coordinator, the University will report the competent authorities of your absence.

  • ​If you are reading this from abroad:

If you are planning to enroll for less than 6 months, you must enter the country on a PIP-2 status (except for students from the European Union). In order to get it, you must show the Migración Colombia officers upon arrival an invitation letter from our school. You will be granted 90 days upon entry, which you can extend to a maximum of another 90 days. To prepare the letter, please send the coordinator a copy of your passport. For longer stays, you should apply for a student visa prior to your coming to Colombia. Contact the coordinator for further assistance.

  • If you are already in Colombia:

In order to comply with Colombian regulations, you must be in possession of a stamp or visa allowing you to pursue your studies prior to your registration in the program. Typical accepted stamps are PIP-2, PIP-6. Typical accepted visas are TP-3, TP-4, or TP-10 (still valid) or the new visas allowing to study. If you entered the country on a PIP-5 status, it must be changed into the PTP-2 status (except for students from the European Union). To do so, you must go to the Migración Colombia main office in Medellín (Calle 19 No.80A-40). The coordinator will prepare an invitation letter to the program and will explain the process in detail. If you have any other type of stamp or visa, the coordinator will analyze your particular situation.



  • ¿Qué duración tiene cada curso? // How long is each course?

    Cada curso tiene una duración de 40 horas. // Each course lasts 40 hours.

  • ¿Puedo obtener una visa a través de ustedes? // May I obtain a visa through you?

    Sí. Usted puede postularse a una visa a través de la UPB siempre y cuando pague por anticipado al menos tres (3) cursos. Una vez haya pagado, la Universidad le brindará los documentos necesarios para solicitar una visa de estudiante. En todos los casos, usted debe cumplir con las condiciones exigidas por el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores para obtener la visa, y este proceso no es responsabilidad de la universidad. // You can apply for a visa through the UPB as long as you pay in advance for at least three (3) courses. Once you have paid, the University will provide you with the necessary documents to apply for a student visa. In all cases, you must meet the conditions required by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to obtain the visa, and this process is not the responsibility of the university.

  • ¿Cuántos cursos tiene el programa? // How many courses does the program have?

    El programa consta de 16 cursos. // The program has 16 courses.

  • ¿Cuál es el proceso para inscribirse? // What is the registration process?

    El proceso de inscripción consta de los siguientes pasos:
    1. Verificación de documentación y estatus legal.
    2. Examen de clasificación.
    3. Inscripción y pago.

    The registration process consists of the following:
    1. Verification of documents and legal status.
    2. Placement test.
    3. Registration and payment.

  • ¿Qué niveles cubre el programa? // What levels does the program cover?

    El programa cubre del nivel A1 al C1 del MCER. // The program covers CEFR levels from A1 to C1.

Call us for more information

Circular 1 # 70 - 01
Building 9, office 217
(574) 354 4564
Cel: (+57) 310 492 3152
Building L, office 501
(577) 6796220
Ext. 20537, 20170 and 20673.

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