Autonomous University of the West (UAO) - private nonprofit higher education institution in Colombia. In 1969 UAO opened its door to students. Thanks to its quite favourable location inside Cali, students can enjoy an active city life with a rural serenity. Autonomous University of the West is, without a doubt, one of the most prestigious universities of Colombia sitting comfortably among the top 40 universities of the country.

Application process and the cost of tuition. The enrollment is based on the exam results. The academic year in UAO is divided to 2 academic semesters. Here you can choose from a wide array of full-time programs, however the students are not limited to them as the university also offers online courses and programs.

The composition of the university. Autonomous University of the West is medium in scale, teaching no more than 7 thousand students at a time. The university accepts applications from foreign students. The education is conducted by 699 teachers and professors. The university is an active participant of international programs aimed at academic exchange of students between the educational institutions. University’s social media profiles can give you more information about the students and current events: Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin.

Infrastructure of UAO. The students have access to the university’s library. Students can apply for a dormitory.
General information
Finance type Nonprofit
Organization type Private
Established 1969
Abbreviation UAO
Teachers 699
Students 6,999
Religion None
Academic calendar Semesters
Admission Based on entrance examinations
Gender limitation No limits
Campus type Suburban
Housing Available
Distance learning Available
Exchange programs Available
Library Available
• Ministerio de Educación Nacional - Consejo Nacional de Educación Superior, Colombia
World ranking 3722
Country ranking 41
International rankings
UniPage World University Ranking 3722
Cost of living in Cali
Expenses - USD/Month Min. Med.
Accommodation 83 85
Food 90 160
Transportation 26 113
Communications and utilities 40 42
Clothing 17 64
Sports and leisure 15 47
Total 271 512
Accommodation in Cali USD/Month
Shared room outside of centre 84
Shared room in city centre 86
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre 132
1 bedroom apartment in city centre 161
Alternative title
old Universidad Autónoma de Occidente
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