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The ELE FOCALAE initiative was born in 2012 with the visit of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Patti Londoño Jaramillo, to some countries of Southeast Asia. During this visit, tourism authorities in the region highlighted the increase in tourists coming from Spanish-speaking countries and asked the Colombian Government for their collaboration to train their tour guides in Spanish.

In 2012, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia convened the Colombian International Cooperation Agency APC-Colombia, ICETEX, Instituto Caro y Cuervo and institutions of higher education with recognized programs of teaching Spanish as a language to develop the initiative, which has been carried out since 2013 thanks to the joint work of these entities and receives each year 60 fellows to learn Spanish in Colombia.

Taking into consideration the positive results obtained so far, in 2017 the Government of Colombia decided to continue this initiative in the terms detailed below:
Number of scholarships
Up to 60 scholarships will be offered for tourist guides and undergraduate and graduate students from
FEALAC countries interested in learning Spanish as a foreign language.
Training activities
The course will be offered for one academic semester (approximately 4 months) and will be held in Colombian universities recognized for the high quality of their Spanish as a foreign language programs.
During their studies, the fellows will have to carry out the following types of activities:
Academic activities
They are related to the main component of the initiative, which is the teaching and learning of Spanish as a foreign language. They include both the classroom classes and the extracurricular tasks and activities
programmed by host universities to guide the process of formation. The courses have a minimum intensity of 15 hours per week and each university is autonomous to set a higher hour intensity

For more information, please refer to the application information.

Application Information


Paola Mutsumi Nagamatsu

Education and Cooperation Affairs
Embassy of Colombia in Japan
Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 81 (3)  3440 6451 Ext: 33





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