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Towards a New Colombia: Background and Perspectives

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Medellin, Barranquilla, Bogota, Colombia
Course # SA 11003
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Summer 2019 05/05/19 to 05/26/19

Program Leader

Name Natasha Duncan

Enrollment Details: Enrollment Currently Closed

Program Description

This new Maymester experience takes you on a multi-city visit through Colombia to study factors that contributed to the negotiated peace process of 2016. Colombia, once ravaged by a decades-long violent conflict, involving drug cartels and paramilitary groups, is now on a path to sustained peace and prosperity. These efforts at peace and security have been recognized globally with the Noble Peace Prize awarded to former President Manuel Santos. By participating in this program, you will examine the background of the peace process. You will examine the various forms of armed conflict Colombia experienced and the underlying causes as well as the war on drugs in Colombia. Importantly, you will interact with a resilient people and a rich culture that was overshadowed by the turbulent years.

We will travel to Barranquilla, Bogota, and Medellin, where we will visit farms, museums, universities (Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Nacional in Bogota, and EAFIT in Medellin) for guest lectures, and other pertinent sites. You will receive credit for two courses: HONR 299: Non-State Actors and Political Violence and POL 231-H: Introduction to American Foreign Policy-Honors.

At the end of this 21-day experience, you will understand the implications of US foreign policy, the root causes of conflict, and the complexities of peacebuilding. You will also hone your intercultural competencies by studying in a location that is culturally distant from the United States and whose national language is not English. These differences will challenge you to be more comfortable with difference, open-minded, and help you develop a mature worldview framework.


Call Outs

Date: Monday, December 3 at 4:30PM

Location: HCRN 1143


Date: Thursday, January 11 at 5:00PM

Location: HCRN 1145



Academic Credit

6 Credits Total


3 credits = HONR 299: Non-State Actors and Political Violence with Dr. Dwaine Jengelley

3 Credits = POL 231-H: Introduction to American Foreign Policy-Honors with Dr. Natasha Duncan


All Purdue students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to apply. 

Program Cost

$2760 including lodging, breakfasts, admissions to various sites, guest lectures, ground transportation, airport transfers, and domestic flights between different cities within Colombia. 


Up to $1500 in scholarship funds might be an option for eligible students. Visit Purdue Moves Summer/Short-term Study Abroad Scholarship for more information.


Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted until the program is full. 

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