Friday, January 18, 2019

6th edition of ELE FOCALAE scholarships to study Spanish in Colombia

The 6th Spanish as a Foreign Language Focalae initiative (ELE Focalae, per its acronym in Spanish) of the Colombian Government, offers 60 scholarships for tourist guides and undergraduate and graduate students from East Asian FEALAC countries to study Spanish in Colombia during 4 months in the second semester of 2018.

During their stay in Colombia, the recipients of the scholarship will also learn more about Colombia's history, culture, and geography. The scholarships include, among other benefits, a monthly stipend, round trip air ticket, and the tuition fee in the university in which the student will take the course.

The scholars will also engage, through volunteering, in socially oriented projects carried out by the universities that will allow them to exchange and socialize with local communities. The recipients of the scholarship will also have the chance to take part in the contest “Colombia is what I like”, by showcasing their experience in Colombia through publications using the hashtag #SoyELEColombia in different social media outlets. By the end of the course, the students will receive an internationally recognized certification of their language sufficiency once they present the SIELE (Servicio Internacional de Evaluación de la Lengua Española) exam.

Program Deadline
18 May 2018 (at midnight Bogotá time)

Program Duration
One academic semester (4 months)  

Scholarship Benefits

  • Round trip airfare from town of origin to destination city
  • Tuition fees for the Spanish course
  • Monthly stipend to cover basic living expenses 
  • Spanish certification exam
  • International medical insurance 
  • Courtesy visa 


  • Be nationals from East Asian countries that are members of FEALAC.
  • Be tourist guides duly certified or students who have outstanding academic results and are enrolled in the last academic year of their undergraduate course or in a postgraduate course.
  • Have a good knowledge of English (certified B1 level minimum).
  • Have been born between January 1, 1978 and December 31, 1998.
  • Accept and carry out the rules of this 2018 initiative, submitted as Annex I of this document.
  • Have good physical and mental health.
  • Have the necessary resources to cover the costs of the first month of their stay in Colombia. It is suggested a minimum amount of US$600 (six hundred US Dollars).
  • Have the necessary resources to cover for the costs of the Colombian Alien ID, approximately US$70 (seventy US Dollars.)
  • Not to have participated in the previous versions of ELE initiatives offered by the Colombian Government, developed since 2013.

Note: Knowledge of basic Spanish (level A1) will be positively valued. 
Possession of a valid USA or Schengen Visa will be positively valued.

Required Documents

  • Application form completed, which will be available on the webpage of the Colombian Embassies in the member countries of FEALAC. Point 9 below has the list of Colombian Diplomatic Missions with their contact details. You must login to a Google account to fill out the form.
  • A recent passport size photo (3.5 x 4 cms).
  • Copy of the principal passport page, containing biographical information. The passport must have a minimum validity of six months after the start of the program.
  • Medical certificate in English, signed by a doctor, certifying that the candidate is in good physical and mental health to take the course in Colombia, submitted as Annex II of this document.
  • Yellow Fever vaccination certificate, if you have it.
  • Documents evidencing the candidate has a proficient knowledge of English, equal or greater than B1, per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
  • For tourist guides only: Acceptance letter or authorization of enrollment issued by the National Tourism Authority or Competent Authorities of their countries.
  • For undergraduate and graduate students: Confirmation of enrollment letter issued by the university of origin that includes the Grade Point Average (GPA) of the candidate.
  • For graduate students only: Copy of Undergraduate diploma.

Note: Only applicants that comply with the required profile and documents will be considered.

Application Procedure

  1. Applicants fill out online application form by 18 May 2018 before 18 May 2018.

Should you need further information regarding application process, do not hesitate to consult with our staff by email (   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or visit our office by notice (contact 031-5966864 ext.105) Attn. Ms. Nadia during office hour.






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