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  • Locations: Cartagena, Colombia
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 02/15/2022 ** Rolling Admission 06/15/2022 07/26/2022

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:

SIT Study Abroad Colombia: Building a Culture of Peace (Summer)

 NOTE: SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, SIT may have to modify programs. Visit the SIT website for more details.

Witness history in the making as you experience the peacebuilding process in Colombia.

WHY STUDY IN COLOMBIA?

Living in Colombia, you will study the country’s 2016 peace accords, which have put an end to its prolonged conflict. You will learn about these accords, which call for reparations, reintegration, and reconciliation, and see how Colombia is constructing a culture of peace. You’ll live with a host family for four weeks in multicultural Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and explore challenges of cultivating peace. You’ll meet with human rights defenders, victims, community activists, and ex-guerrilla combatants to understand how Colombians view this historic peace process.
During a two-week excursion to Sincelejo, Sucre, you’ll participate in community-based peacebuilding activities at SembrandoPaz, a nongovernmental peacebuilding organization. In addition, you’ll learn about the organization’s efforts to mitigate the impacts of conflict and to rebuild, reconstruct, and revive fractured relations and displaced communities.
You will also develop Spanish language skills to discuss peacebuilding, reconciliation, and community issues through classroom learning, cultural immersion, homestays, and excursions.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Learn about the history of Colombia’s conflict and its beleaguered peace accords.
  • Build a theoretical and conceptual understanding of creating a culture of peace.
  • Participate in two weeks of community-based peacebuilding activities.
  • Experience the vibrant, multicultural Caribbean coast city of Cartagena.
 
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

KEY TOPICS

  • Conflict and post-conflict issues and society, politics, and culture
  • Theories of peacebuilding
  • Core elements of a culture of peace
  • The Colombian peace accords and the process of implementation
  • Community-based practice and theory
  • The complexities of reparations, reintegration, and reconciliation

MONEY MATTERS

Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  

SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:
  • All educational costs, including educational excursions
  • All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
  • Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
  • Health and accident insurance

SCHOLARSHIPS

  • SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.  
  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.

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For Gustavus Adolphus students: SIT uses semester credits. Each GAC unit = 4 semester credits. Thus, some SIT courses, which are worth 3 semester credits each, are worth 0.75 GAC units. Be sure to discuss the irregular unit totals with your advisors as you select courses.