Security and Peacebuilding in Colombia

Security and Peacebuilding in Colombia
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd DateCost
SummerFebruary 25early Juneearly AugustBudget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 2.5
  • Language of Instruction
  • English, Spanish
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • Yes
  • Class Eligibility
  • Freshman, Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA and Non-UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • UA Direct Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Graduate, Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Homestay
  • Program Type
  • UA Faculty-led
Program Overview

Tentative Summer 2019 Dates: Jun. 3 - Aug. 7

This 10-week program in Bogotá, Colombia, offers an academic experience alongside for-credit internships in security and conflict resolution. Students earn 9 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 excursions to peace communities and the comunas of Medellín

Faculty Lead: Susan Brewer-Osorio-


This program offers an academic course at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Course topics include security, resource wars, counterinsurgency, and conflict resolution. 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. The academic experience is complimented by an internship in the security or non-profit sector. Students work with a local team to find an internship opportunity that compliments their specific goals and skill-set. Students will earn 9 UA credits and be enrolled in the following courses:

Courses Offered:

  • LAS/POL/ANTH 348: Drug Wars & Oil Fortunes in Latin America (3 units)
  • LAS/POL 395: Special Topics- Conflict & the Peace Process in Colombia (3 units)
  • LAS/POL/PA/ANTH 493: Internship (3 units)

Internships are tailored opportunities with a flexible schedule. Internship areas include: security sector, NGO, IGO & nonprofit.


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 has 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. - Intern Colombia



Students will live in the heart of Bogota along with other international interns and local and international students from Colombia and South America. Enjoy easy access to your internship by public transportation or walking – as well as the city’s shopping facilities, restaurants, bars, clubs, cafes, and local attractions. Students will live in shared apartments with a private room. Accommodations will be within 45 minutes of your internship by bus or walking. 

All accommodations will include: 

  • Private bedroom
  • Facilities for cooking
  • Wi-Fi  
  • Communal area for socializing

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