International Relations & Communication Available Sessions
$1,000 Flight Voucher when you apply with code by January 30, 2020
About the Program
Experience first-hand a country actively going through the peace and reconciliation process, after a long history of civil conflict. Take advantage of state of the art recording studios for television and radio. Reach an understanding of Colombian political history and relations with the rest of the world from an insider’s perspective. The wide range of English-language courses means you can delve into International Relations or Journalism with ease, while also improving your Spanish inside and outside the classroom.
- early Jul 2020 - mid Nov 2020
- 12 - 16
- Apply by:
- Withdraw by:
- Application Requirements
- Transcript - Unofficial
- Complete Application
- $95 Online Application Fee
Enroll in one Core Course, taught in English. Select 3 - 4 elective courses from any subject area, including Spanish for international students. Courses typically meet for 32 – 64 contact hours/2-4 credits.
One academic credit is typically the equivalent of 16 contact hours in the classroom. You may earn a total of 12-16 credits (up to 256 contact hours) per semester.
Classes generally meet Monday – Friday. Active learning components required by courses may be scheduled any day of the week.
Prior to departure, you will indicate your preferred courses and approximate language level. Once in Bogotá, you’ll finalize your course enrollment, as well as take a language placement test if you desire to take a Spanish language class. You will be enrolled a language course based on the results of your exam.
It is in your best interest to have multiple alternative courses approved by your home university prior to your departure due to course availabilities. To ensure you receive credit for a language course, if you are taking one, have your home university pre-approve courses at several levels before you leave for Colombia. Please consult with your academic advisor at your home university on credit pre-approval guidelines.
The host institution has offered the following courses in the past. Please note that course listings may not be finalized until the start of the term; we’ll post an updated list when the host institution finalizes its offerings.
*Courses with an asterisk indicate that the course has been associated with multiple subject areas.
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Get out and explore! Excursions are offered for most semester, year, and summer programs*. Semester students are typically offered between two to three excursions and summer study students are typically offered between one to two excursions. You'll receive a calendar of excursions during orientation; here are a few day and overnight excursions we've offered in the past.
Known as the City of Eternal Spring, Medellin is famous for its modern infrastructure, stunning views, and friendly people. Named City of the Year in 2012, Medellin has become a unique location overflowing with cultural activities. Students can try the city’s famous bandeja paisa, take the metro through colorful neighborhoods, or salsa the night away in Parque Lleras. The unofficial walking tour of Medellin is a must.
An UNESCO World Heritage Site, this 400-year old city continues to draw people thanks to its vibrant colors, colonial architecture, outstanding gastronomy, and beautiful beaches. Many claim that Cartagena is one of the most captivating cities in the Americas. Take a trip to Playa Blanca to experience what Colombians consider their most beautiful beach, eat fried fish with famous coconut rice, and get lost walking through the old walled city, replete with ancient cannons left behind from the days of pirates.
Zipaquira Salt Cathedral
Get out of the hustle and bustle of big city life for a daytrip to the Zipaquira Salt Cathedral. Just 30 miles to the north of Bogotá, Zipaquira is a historic pueblo, a town known for its vast cathedral 620 ft. below ground carved completely out of a salt mine. Explore the salt cathedral, learn about the history of the town and how the cathedral was built, do some souvenir shopping, and end the day with a typical Bogotaño lunch before heading back to the city.
The Coffee Triangle is perfect for those who want to plunge into Colombian coffee culture, where they can learn about the cultivation and production of the country’s most emblematic export. Take a tour of a coffee farm and learn how coffee is produced from bean to coffee cup, before drinking some of the farm’s product and spending the rest of the day relaxing in the mountains. Next, head over to Salento to hike or horseback ride through the Valle de Cocora, known for its tall wax palm trees. Don’t leave without trying Salento’s famous trout and fried plantains!
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