Security and Peacebuilding in Colombia

Program Facts

Program Type: UA Faculty-led

Credit Type: UA Direct Credit

Level of Study: Graduate , Undergraduate

GPA: 2.5

Class Eligibility: Sophomore , Junior , Senior , Graduate

Language of Instruction: English , Spanish

Program Open To: UA and Non-UA Students

Explore Security and Peacebuilding in Colombia

This program in Colombia offers an academic experience alongside for-credit internships in security and conflict resolution. Students will spend five weeks in Colombia & earn 6 units of U of A credit studying security while contributing to a lasting peace in Colombia. The program includes opportunities to engage the leaders behind the 2016 peace accord and offers internship and service learning opportunities with Sembrando Paz, a local non-profit organization. 

The courses offered include one academic course and a service learning/internship opportunity. Students learn through guest lectures, speakers, and excursions to explore the current peace process. Students engage the government officials, academics, international organizations and social leaders who are the designers and implementers of the 2016 peace accord. 

Students will earn 6 UA credits and be enrolled in the 2 following courses:

  • LAS/POL/PA 366: Armed Conflict and Peacebuilding in Colombia (3 units) 
  • LAS/POL/PA 493: Internship (3 units) Internships are tailored opportunities with a flexible schedule. Internship areas include: security sector, NGO, IGO & nonprofit.

Faculty Leads: Dr. Alberto Arenas and Dr. Marcela Vásquez-León

Intermediate Spanish language required: 200-level and above, or equivalent

This program will be located in Bogotá, the capital city of Colombia. Students will have the opportunity to participate in two included excursions to sites of historical and cultural importance - Venecia, Cundinamarca and San José del Guaviare.

Over the last decade Colombia has re-branded itself and is a nation re-born now firmly on the path to peace and prosperity. The country's new image has led to a rise in tourism. Between 2010 to 2016, the amount of visitors to Colombia doubled. It is not surprising considering Colombia is the second most bio-diverse country on the planet. From the snow-capped mountains of Tolima, the seven types of blue of the Caribbean Sea, the sweltering heat of the colonial city of Cartagena, to the breath-taking beaches on both the Pacific & Caribbean cost (over 300 in total), stunning wildlife, dazzling plants, exotic fruits, beautiful villages, castles, colonial squares, or one of Colombia’s 19 Natural National Parks - there is so much to see and experience in this magical country.

Good To Know

LGBTQ+ Equality Index rating: Colombia rates 75/100 (with 100 being the most equal) on Equaldex’s LGBTQ+ Equality Index.

Global Peace Index rating: Colombia ranks 140/163 in the Global Peace Index. The lower the score, the more peaceful the country.

Languages Spoken: Spanish

Students will live in shared accommodations. Enjoy easy access to your internship by public transportation or walking.  All accommodations will include a private bedroom, facilities for cooking, Wi-Fi, & communal area for socializing

  • Latin American Studies Department offers additional scholarship opportunities, please visit their website:
  • SGPP students may be eligible for travel reimbursements. More information can be found online; eligible students should apply directly to SGPP:
  • Students who receive the Pell Grant may qualify for the Gilman Scholarship is a national study abroad scholarship sponsored by the Department of State. 
  • The Fund For Education Abroad is another national study abroad scholarship that is a great opportunity- if you are eligible, be sure to apply!
  • Although it is not exhaustive, our office has put together a list of study abroad scholarships & we have compiled them into a database. Please visit our Scholarship Tracker to view the available scholarships. Do not forget that Scholarship Universe also is another great resource! 

Term: Summer
Application Deadline: Feb. 25
Start Date: June 3
End Date: July 5

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