Colombia newest exchange destination for Commerce students

Posted on February 22, 2012

Queen’s School of Business (QSB) recently signed the university’s first student exchange agreement with a Colombian university.

“We are excited to partner with the Universidad de los Andes School of Management (UASM), which is among the top business schools in Latin America,” says Angela James, Director, QSB’s Centre for International Management. “With the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement coming into effect last summer, this is a great opportunity for Queen’s Commerce students to make connections in a key emerging market.”

QSB students applying for the exchange must have a strong command of Spanish as they will be integrated into UASM classes. While in Colombia, they can draw on the academic and personal support offered by UASM and its students.

UASM and QSB students can apply for the Scotiabank Group Scholarship of the Americas, which QSB established in 2006 to help foster and support international exchange with institutions in the Americas. UASM students at Queen’s can also apply to the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program scholarship program.

Up to two Queen’s Commerce students can spend a semester at the Bogota-based university beginning in the 2012-13 academic year, with the same number of Colombian students coming to Kingston.

Over 93 per cent of the second-year Commerce class has applied to go on an international exchange in 2012-13. QSB continues to expand its exchange opportunities for Commerce students as it guarantees every student a spot on exchange. Last year QSB signed exchange agreements in the Czech Republic (University of Economics in Prague), India (Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore), Spain (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid), Russia (St. Petersburg State University) and Turkey (Sabanci Business School).

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