Colleges and Universities

collegeKnown as the "Athens of South America", Bogotá has an extensive educational system of both primary and secondary schools and colleges and universities. However, due to the constant migration into the nation's capital, access to free education offered by the State is often insufficient.

There are a large number of learning institutions, both public and private (106 registered higher education institutions in 2002). Bogotá has several prominent universities: Universidad de Los Andes, Universidad Nacional, Universidad Distrital de Bogotá, Universidad de la Sabana, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Universidad del Rosario, Universidad Externado de Colombia, Universidad Militar Nueva Granada, Universidad Sergio Arboleda, Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, and Universidad Santo Tomas de Aquino.

The campus of Universidad Nacional, located in Teusaquillo, is the largest campus in Colombia and one of the largest in Latin America. The La Candelaria neighbourhood is home to the largest concentration of private universities in Latin America.

In Colombia, primary and secondary school education goes from pre-kindergarten to grade eleven, that being the high school senior year. Education in Colombia is not obligatory as in other countries, but the government has implemented educational assistance nationwide to help low income families get their children enrolled in school. There is also a great variety of private bilingual schools.