Witness history in the making as you experience the peacebuilding process in Colombia.
- Learn about the history of conflict in Colombia and its beleaguered peace accords, including the implementation of reparations, reintegration, and reconciliation.
- Develop a theoretical and conceptual understanding of the construction of a culture of peace.
- Experience the vibrant, multicultural, Caribbean Coast city of Cartagena, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
- Participate in community-based peacebuilding activities for two weeks at SembrandoPaz, a nongovernmental peacebuilding organization in Sincelejo, Sucre.
- Gain an understanding of how Colombians view the peace process and are living in a historic moment and visit rural communities that were directly affected by the armed conflict.
- Improve your Spanish by practicing in class, on excursions, with your homestay family, and while designing your final project related to building a culture of peace.
Major Topics of Study
- How conflict and post-conflict issues shape social, political, and cultural realities
- 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
There is no "typical day" on an SIT program. Activities may take place on any day of the week and at any time of day to be in accordance with according to local norms and to take advantage of once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunities. Thus, the schedule and structure of the program are likely very different from what students are used to on their home campuses. The semester progresses in phases:
- The program begins with a thorough orientation.
- During the program, students are engaged in coursework, including:
- thematic seminars, including education excursions and
- language instruction focused on improving practical communication skills.
- Finally, students reflect on their learning, participate in program evaluations, and prepare to return home.
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- Each program has a small group of students (typically 10–35).
- On an SIT program, students gain high levels of access to many different stakeholders and experts relevant to the issues the program is examining.
- While some learning will be conducted at the SIT program center, extensive learning is done outside the classroom — in host communities, field stations, NGO headquarters, ecological sites, health clinics, and art studios.
- Many students go on to use their Independent Study Projects as a basis for senior theses on their home campuses. Others use their undergraduate research and overall study abroad experience to successfully apply for fellowships such as Fulbrights and Watsons.
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- All educational costs, including educational excursions
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- Health and accident insurance
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- Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.
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|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Summer||2021||05/01/2021 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students applying to CSU-sponsored programs will be notified of decision within two weeks of application submission. Students applying to non-CSU sponsored programs need to contact their program provider for decision dates.