Grading System, Academic Year and Language of Instruction in Colombia

Academic Year

School Education

The school year is divided into 2 semesters of equal duration and consists of 40 weeks of instructions. The school year commences in February and ends in November in most parts of the country. In some regions, the academic year commences in September and concludes in June.

Holidays: Holidays in Colombia are in the month of June-July (4 weeks), Easter and October (1 week). 

Higher Education

The Colombian higher education institutions academic year consists of 2 semesters, each of 16 weeks. 
  • First semester commences in January or February and ends in May or June
  • Second semester commences in July or August and ends in November or December

Grading System

School Education

A 10-point grading scale is used at the secondary school level. 

 Scale Percentage Equivalent Grade description (In English) Grade description (In Spanish)Notes US Grade 
 9.0-10.00 90-100% Excellent Excelente (E) Maximum grade A+
 8.0-8.9 80-89% Outstanding Sobresaliente (S)   A
 7.0-7.9 70-79% Good Bueno (B)  B
 6.0-6.9 60-69% Acceptable Aceptable (A)  Average C
 4.0-5.9 40-59% Insufficient Insuficiente (I) Fail F
 0.00-3.9 0-39% Deficient Deficiente (D) Fail F

Higher Education

A 5-point grading scale is used at the higher education level in Colombia. Only a few higher education institutions in Colombia use a different grading scale- 10-point scale. 

 Scale Grade description (In English)Grade description (In Spanish) Notes  US Grade
 4.60-5.00 Excellent Excelente Maximum grade A+
 4.00-4.59 Very Good Muy Bueno  A
 3.50-3.99 Good Bueno  B
 3.00-3.49 Acceptable Aceptable Minimum pass/Average C
 0.00-2.99 Insufficient/Fail Insuficiente Fail F

Language of Instruction

The language of instruction in Colombia is Spanish. Though programmes in English are also offered at the educational institutions in Colombia.  International schools in Colombia provide bilingual education.
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