How To Get A Student Visa in Medellin, Colombia
This article will focus specifically on the step-by-step process on how to obtain a student visa in Medellín without going to Bogotá by enrolling at EAFIT University. There are several other institutions in the city that offer Spanish courses but EAFIT turned out to be the best fit for me.
1. Enroll in the Spanish Program for foreigners at Universidad EAFIT.
EAFIT is a small private elite college in El Poblado that offers classes starting every few weeks. There are intensive courses that are 4 hours a day of classes for 2 weeks or semi-intensive courses of 2 hours a day for 4 weeks. One of the requirements of obtaining a student visa is to enroll at an authorized teaching institution in a program of study that is a minimum of 10 hours a week and EAFIT's semi-intensive course fulfills this requirement.
2. Choose a Visa Agency to travel for you to the Consulate in Bogota.
Unless you want to travel to Bogota yourself to turn in the documents, you will need to hire an agency to go for you. I choose Xpedite after comparing costs with a few other agencies. Also it turns out that one of the men working their is also a teacher at the salsa school I took lessons at, and the immigration lawyer is a business partner of one my friends.
3. Fill out and turn in all the applications and documents the agency requests and then you're all set. Just wait a few days for your passport and visa to return and enjoy your new student visa!
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