Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Colombian Exchange Program

Miami Law offers a semester exchange opportunity with the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali in Cali, Colombia. This exchange enables two Miami Law J.D. students the opportunity to complete a full semester of courses at the University, which is a leading research institution in Colombia. Most courses are taught in Spanish.

About PUJ - Cali

PUJ or “La Javeriana”, as it is known by its students, was founded in 1623 and is one of the oldest, most traditional, and prestigious universities in Colombia.  It is a Jesuit institution with its primary campus in Bogota and a second campus in Cali which was established in 1970.  

About Cali

Santiago de Cali, commonly known as Cali, is the capital of the Valle del Cauca Department, and the third most populous city in Colombia with close to 2 ½ million residents.  It is one of the oldest cities in the Americas and is located very close to the Pacific Ocean.  Cali is the main urban and economic center in southwest Colombia, as well as being a center for sports and the “capital” of salsa.   

Tuition & Housing

  • Incoming exchange students: pay tuition to their home school, and required student health insurance and University fees to the University of Miami.
  • Outgoing Miami Law students: pay tuition and other required fees to the University of Miami School of Law. Miami Law students pay no tuition or fees to the partner school except for certain social events and discretionary fees.


Prior to Applying

  • Understand J.D. graduation requirements and make sure an International Exchange semester fits your study goals/timeline.
  • Carefully review the International Exchange Program Policies and Procedures here.
    Review International Exchange Program information online (incl. academic calendars, course offerings, language requirements, etc.).
  • Consider implications for summer and post-graduate job search (interview process for many clerkships, government honor programs, fellowships, and law firms taking place in Fall of 3L year).
    Final semester exchange is strongly discouraged to avoid delays in graduation, bar certification, etc. (typically Spring of 3L year).
  • International students on an F-1 visa should contact their ISSS advisor prior to applying.

How to Apply

Submit your application through Miami Law’s online International Exchange Programs Application Form (applicants may indicate first and alternate choice of host school).
Upload supporting documentation:
Miami Law transcript (unofficial copy sufficient)
Statement of Intent
Application review process might include interview

Selection Criteria

The application process can be competitive, and we often receive more applications for nominations than we have slots available. If we are not able to approve a student for their first choice of host school, we look at the student’s alternate choice. Selection will be based on the totality of the student’s academic and professional record, including the following:

  • Applicants should hold a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Preference will be given to students applying for an exchange during their 2L Spring or 3L Fall semester
  • Demonstrated interest in international and transnational issues (e.g. previous course work, work experience, internships, volunteer activities, undergraduate study abroad, etc.)
  • Demonstrated potential for success in a semester abroad program
  • Defined educational objectives for the exchange semester
  • Proficiency in language of instruction (where applicable)

When to Apply

• Fall Semester – Students must apply for nomination by February 1
• Spring Semester – Students must apply for nomination by September 1