Master’s Program on International Taxation, Foreign Trade and Customs

Begin of class

October 28, 2020.

General Information


The program offered by the University Externado de Colombia in agreement with the inter-American Center of Tax Administrations (CIAT), has as purpose to create an academic space of the highest level that will enable the public servants of tax and customs administrations in Latin america, as well as the private sector of the region, to improve their professional profiles through the study of the international normative framework that governs the international taxation and the trade of goods and services, in order to develop positions which are more critical, proactive and effective that allow them to face the constant challenges in the field of international business and in different scenarios of economic integration and the exchange of information and cooperation at the international level.

Registration value

Colombian residents (COP $ 34,200,000) and non-Colombian residents (USD $ 12,000)

Languages offered



18 months.

Curriculum structure

Basic cycle: fundamentals and contextualization Advanced cycle: Foreign Trade and customs law Advanced cycle: International taxation. Research cycle.
Contextualization of foreign trade and international taxation. Customs duty and taxes on foreign trade. Fundamentals of international taxation. Seminar research methodology I
Economic and tax policy Customs Valuation I International tax planning and anti-avoidance measures Seminar Research Methodology II
Tax ethics of the state and the Citizen Customs valuation II Transfer prices I and II Degree work.
Comparative constitutional foundations of the tax legal relationship Theory of tax and Customs Administration I. Theory of tax and Customs Administration II.  
Corporate tax aspects and tax crimes Tariff Classification Tax policy applied in Latin America and the Caribbean  
Economic integration and international negotiation techniques Trade protection measures Conventions to avoid international double taxation I and II.  
Tax policy applied in Latin America and the Caribbean Rules of Origin   

Deadline for registration

Registrations will be received until September 27, 2020.


Remember to send all listed documents to the email before the scheduled date for the interview.
  • Letter of intent to participate in the master’s degree, which justifies the interest in the program, as well as the possible research topic that would be developed if admitted
  • Certificate of post-graduate program grades
  • Photocopy of the degree certificate of graduate programs (apostilles for residents outside Colombia)
  • Photocopy of the undergraduate diploma, or certificate of degree or professional card of the professional title granted by a legally recognized University (apostilles for residents outside Colombia)
  • Photocopy of national identity document
  • Three digital photos 3×4 white background, JPG format and resolution 600 DPI
  • A letter of academic recommendation
  • A work reference letter


  1. If you are applying for registration for the first time, please click on this link: CREATING A USER ACCOUNT FOR THE FIRST TIME. If you are already registered, enter your username and password.
  2. After sending the registration form, you will receive an email on the next business day with the form, and the date and time of interview. 
  3. Send the required documents to the above-described mail BEFORE submitting the admission interview and completing the registration form.


Blended - 95% Virtual with 3 mandatory face-to-face visits. The first face-to-face visit will take place in the city of Bogota, on the campus of Universidad Externado de Colombia. The second face-to-face visit aims to learn from the practical point of view, the functioning of a tax and Customs Administration in a country by selecting a member of the CIAT. The third face-to-face visit takes place in Panama City, at CIAT headquarters. The costs associated with face-to-face visits (air tickets, hotels, meals, etc.) are borne directly by the student.

Financial Relief

Taking into account the current economic situation due to the effects of the pandemic, the University offers the following financial discounts that may be of interest to you:
  • Exemption from registration payment.
  • Discount on the value of tuition 15% to all graduate students for payments in the second half of 2020. To access the discount, once formally admitted to the program, each interested party must submit the written application and under the gravity of the oath justifying the need for the discount. This discount cannot be combined with other tuition discounts already granted by the University.
  • Additional 5% discount on tuition fee only for students who pay cash for the full tuition fee.
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