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Study Spanish in Colombia: Apply ELE África Scholarship

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Study Spanish in Colombia: Apply ELE África Scholarship

The strategy of Spanish as a Foreign Language (ELE), per its acronym in Spanish, led by the Government of Colombia seeks to form tour guides and undergraduate and graduate students from Asia and Africa in different Colombian learning institutions recognized by the quality of their Spanish programs. In 2018, this strategy will include the following initiatives: 6th version of ELEFocalae, 2nd version of ELE Asia + and the first versions of ELEAsia Central and ELE África.

ELE África Scholarship Eligibility

  • Be a national of an African country.
  • 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.

ELE África Scholarship Benefits

  • Round
    trip, air ticket in economy class from the capital of the home country
    to the Colombian city where the course will take place. The Colombian
    Government will be responsible for assigning the placement city.
  • Monthly
    stipend of one million six hundred (1.600.000) Colombian pesos for the
    beneficiary to cover basic living expenses, such as accommodation, local
    transport, and the cost of meals in Colombia. The monthly stipend will
    be proportional to the number of days of the beneficiaries’ stay in
    Colombia, and will be paid once per month in arrears subject to the
    assistance to the Spanish lessons by the beneficiary. Attendance will be
    checked through report, which will be submitted by the university to
    the Colombian authorities.
  • Tuition scholarship for the Spanish course.
  • International Health Insurance.
  •  Courtesy Colombian Visa.
  •  SIELE exam to obtain the Spanish as a foreign language certification.
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Note: The
cost of any additional visas of third countries that may be necessary
to travel to Colombia, as well as of any extracurricular activities that
the beneficiaries wish to undertake at the Colombian host universities,
will not be financed by the Government of Colombia.

ELE África Scholarship Key Dates

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Dates in Colombia Activity
April 18, 2018 Launching
of the call: the applicant must fill out the application form in the
link available on the pages of the Colombian embassies, enclosing in PDF
format the documents required in the bases of the call. Only applicants
that comply with the required profile and documents will be considered.
May 18, 2018 Submission deadline.
May 21 to May 24, 2018 Application form and submitted documents evaluation and notification of pre-selected candidates.
June 4 to June 12, 2018 Online
Interviews to pre-selected candidates: In order to come up with the
list of the final 16 beneficiaries, 70 pre-selected candidates will be
interviewed online following the order of submission of the application
June 14, 2018 The Colombian Embassies
will publish the results of the selection process on their webpages and
will introduce the logistical coordinator of the initiative.
June 15, 2018 Online Spanish level assessment to the selected candidates.
June 17, 2018 Deadline for acceptance of the scholarship.
June 18 to July 8, 2018 Preparation
for the trip (remission of information package, air tickets, medical
insurance and visa application guide to the beneficiaries)
July 22 to 31, 2018 Arrival of beneficiaries to Colombia, training activities and welcome event.
August 1st to November 18, 2018 Spanish courses.
November 19 to 25, 2018 Closing activities (Spanish certification exam, closing event and return to home countries)

How to Apply for ELE África Scholarship

  • Application form completed,
    available on the webpage of the Colombian Embassies in the African
    countries. Point 9 below has the list of Colombian Diplomatic Missions
    with their contact details.
  • 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
  • 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.
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Diplomatic Mission Countries covered Website
Embassy in Algeria Algeria and Tunisia
Embassy in Egypt Egypt, Eritrea, Libya, Chad, Republic of the Sudan, Djibouti
Embassy in Ghana Ghana,
Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, the Gambia,
Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone,
Togo, Senegal, Sao Tome and Principe and Nigeria.
Embassy in Kenya Kenya,
Central African Republic, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda,
Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia,
Ethiopia and Tanzania.
Embassy in Morocco Morocco
Embassy in South Africa South
Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Angola, Botswana, Madagascar, Malawi,
Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Gabon and
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Note: Only applicants that comply with the required profile and documents will be considered.
Scholarship Beneficiaries will be asked to submit the Letter of acceptance, available as Annex III in this document, on a later date upon selection.
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