Peacebuilding in Colombia

Uniandes logo intl yellow copy ‘Armed Conflict, Peace Processes and the challenges of Peacebuilding in Colombia’ is a 3-week academic program run in partnership with Universidad de Los Andes (Uniandes) each summer.

It is delivered at Uniandes’ beautiful modern campus in Bogota, Colombia. It is open to undergraduate students from a range of arts, humanities and social science subjects, aimed at those with an interest in international relations and conflict resolution. Applications are now open for the next course, which will run from Monday 11 June until Friday 29 June 2018. Please download more information here or get in  touch to find out more about how to apply.

Academic Content

This academic summer program is offered by the world-renowned Political Science department at Universidad de Los Andes (Uniandes) in Bogota, Colombia. It explores the recent history of the Colombian conflict and the present challenges of peacebuilding in the country at an important time as the country negotiates a future free from armed conflict.

The program is run by Angelika Rettberg, Director of the Masters in Peacebuilding at Uniandes, and is delivered in English. This intensive three-week study program consists of three modules:

1. History of the Colombian Armed Conflict: from the 1960s to today
2. Peace negotiations in Colombia
3. Building a lasting Peace

Visit to the demilitarised zone and FARC camp at IcononzoThe program includes numerous site visits to cultural, governmental and educational organizations involved in the peace process in Colombia. Participants will visit the UN, the Colombian Congress, the Center for Transitional Justice, the Reparation of Victims Unit, the President’s Communication and PR team, and many more.

It also offers a range of social activities such as learning to play Tejo, a Colombian sport, hiking to the beautiful waterfalls at Choachi, the second highest in Latin America, Salsa dance classes and visiting the colourful underground Salt Cathedral at Zipaquira.

Universidad de Los Andes

Universidad de los Andes is an innovative, independent and autonomous institution known for its academic excellence. Uniandes is the highest ranked University in Colombia, and is ranked in the top ten in Latin America according to both the QS (7th) and the USNWR (6th) world rankings.

Universidad de Los Andes CampusSince it was founded in 1948, Universidad de los Andes has fostered a global outlook with a highly-qualified international academic team and numerous overseas academic partnerships.

It provides a welcoming and supportive environment for students and is a fantastic choice for international study.

The Program Package

The course includes an accommodation package and a busy calendar of social activities so that you can get to know your fellow students as you explore Bogota.

Students are housed as a group in the university’s brand new residence, just a few moments walk from the Uniandes campus. Red Tree Study’s program coordinators will be housed in the same accommodation for the duration of the course and will be on hand to help with any questions and in case of emergency.

The evening and weekend social program, includes a variety of activities – from excursions to discover Colombia’s beautiful landscapes to group meals offering participants the chance to sample typical Colombian cuisine. These activities are carefully selected to enrich your understanding and enjoyment of the country. For more details, check out the 2016 program and 2017 program photo galleries, or send us an email.

Dates and Applications

This 3 week academic program will run at Universidad de Los Andes from Monday 11 June until Friday 29 June 2018. 

The program is arranged as a package that includes the classes and site visits, a private room in university accommodation close to the university campus, an airport pickup upon arrival in Bogota and a calendar of social and cultural activities.

The group will be supervised by Red Tree Study’s program coordinators, who will be staying in the same accommodation for the duration, and will be available to help with any questions or in case of an emergency.

Price per participant: $3,900 USD. To find out more, or to make an application, please contact us.