Study plan and experiences

Study plan and experiences

Study plan is designed based on international accounting education standards issued by IFAC (International Federation of Accountants),  it is aligned with topics required in international certifications and it recognizes  better practices and professional trends claimed by business and accounting schools wordlwide.  In addition, our study plan includes a dinamic and close relationship with organizations.

Pedagogical experiences

Study plan gives students the possibility  to explore key general topics in business during the first semesters, and the identification of international accountant inside Uniandina culture.

18 years is the average age in which Uniandes' International Accounting students have their first real corporate experience, at the middle of the study plan: a full-time and paid internship. 

Finance, assurance or taxation?  Our students choose the path they will pursue after they accomplish their first internship.  This decision is taken based on the specific career goals of each student. Concentration fields are global, modern,  challenging and  significant to our society.

Uniandes’ General Education

Comprises a broad offer of courses aimed to educate well-rounded students with intercultural skills.

Leadership and communication skills

Courses aimed to develop communication skills (in Spanish and English) and leadership skills in intercultural environments with self and professional scope.

Managerial overview

Courses designed to understand organizations strategically, their legal aspects and trends in corporate governance.

Core courses

Courses focused in developing professional criteria and skills in financial accounting, managerial accounting, taxation, assurance, finance and data analysis.

Concentrations

Courses developed to expand, go further and approach international perspectives in accountancy.  Concentrations are choosen by studens after completing the first internship according to their career goals.

  • Assurance: Students will comprehend and articulate risk management with auditing and control practices. Topics available in this concentration are:
    • Business models in assurance
    • Internal Control
  • Taxation: Students will strength their comprenhension about the impacts of organizational decisions at the structural level and related to taxation procedures, such as evaluation of taxation practices and the taxation planning process, all in a managerial tools approach.  Topics available in this concentration are:
    • Tax compliance
    • Personal taxation and entrepreneurship
    • International perspectives in taxation/transfer pricing
  • Finance:  Students will incorporate investment and financing alternatives available in markets within business management. Topics available in this concentration are:
    • Financial strategy
    • Real options
    • Strategic financial decisions
    • Capital markets
    • Derivate markets
    • Introduction to quantitative finance
    • Portfolio management
  • Accounting: Students will incorporate accounting metodologies of recognition,  treatment and valuation into financial information, specially those related with specific industries or specialized business.

Students can enroll in courses of all concentrations.


The program encourages the development of professional English communication skills as the lingua franca for business throughout courses delivered in this language, some of them delivered by foreign faculty or that include coursework in English. The curriculum's second internship is designed to be developed in an international environment.


Experiences in corporate world

The study plan also includes real and simulated learning experiences to develop valuable professional skills and to provide our accountants the participation in high impact organizational teams.

Internship I

It is accomplished at middle study plan, is a full-time paid work experience and conducted in finance & auditing firms or organizations from different industries; in both cases workplaces are chosen taking into account their recognition in national and international environment.   

Interns perform roles in financial consultancy, taxation, financial or forensic auditing as well as other fields of accountancy.

Applications begin in the previous semester within a collaborative process based on the student. Several support units are involved such as the Center for Professional Development (CTP) and the undergraduate program in International Accounting.  Both units provide articulation between seniors or managers who act as direct bosses and a practical/academic experience supervisor who guides, advises and assits students  approach their workplace goals.

The purpose of the first internship is to expose all students to the professional fields related to accountancy.  This real life experience, in an early stage with managerial teams, boosts the Uniandes' Accountant in their perspective about organizations.

Upon completion of their first internship, the students highlight the opportunity to discover different industries such as oil & gas and financial industry.  Interns are in contact with international operations related with accounting procedures and auditing.  They have identified business opportunities and improve their English skills, benefited from trainings, access to technological platforms and also some of them have received job offers.

Internship  II

It is accomplished at the end of study plan,  it is a full-time paid experience that allows them to perform a greater role within an organization.  Their duties, assignments and transactions are characterized by a higher level of complexity and responsibility.

The aim of the second internship is to provide awareness of an international environment. Being carried out abroad or in Colombia, this experience is performed in job positions which allow them to collaborate in international  projects or deal with information and clients of international markets.

The students' and employers' feedback, after completing the second internship, acknowledge the students' readiness to adapt to a different social and organizational cultures as a result of their first internship as well as the significant contribution to projects carried both in Spanish and English.

Accountancy Consultancy

After completing the first internship, and with a social responsibility purpose, students become consultants of SMEs (Small and medium enterprises) to make proposals to organizational problems. Students have perfomed as consultants in valuations of intangible assets, cost structures, cash flow and working capital, among others.

Students enhance their professional judgement and leadership skills as well as strengthen their ethics and autonomy towards their clients (business owners).

Business Game

Is a business simulation in an decision-making environment. Students analyze results, plan courses of action taking into account social perspectives, professional knowledge and respect to others.  Methodology is based on managerial team-building . Each team is in charge of the foundation, development, performance and projection of a company.  Students interact join to alumni from the undergraduate and graduate programs of the School to receive feedback and advise about professional performance in the corporate world.

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