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The requirements to access undergraduate education in Colombia are a high school diploma certifying that basic middle school was completed (10th and 11th grades), and the results of the state test administered by ICFES, the Colombian Institute for the Promotion of Higher Education, or its equivalent in other countries.

Undergraduate education is provided at three different levels: professional technical programs, technological program, and university professional programs. A student may enter a technical  professional program after completion of ninth grade in a school that is linked to a higher education institution.

In Colombia, higher education is provided by four different types of institutions defined according to their fields:



Professional Technical Institutions, offer undergraduate programs at the professional technical level, and specialization courses in technical fields.



Technological Institutes, offer undergraduate programs in the technical and technological fields, and specialization programs in technical and technology fields.



University Institutes or Technological Schools, offer undergraduate programs at the three levels, as well as graduate, specialization and masters programs



Universities, offer undergraduate programs in the three levels mentioned above, and graduate programs (specialization, masters and PhDs)