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From "Narcos" to Nonviolence: Stories of Transformation in Colombia

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Medellin, Colombia
Course # SA 10313
Duration Spring Break
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring Break 2020 03/14/20 to 03/20/20

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Program Description

This embedded course highlights Medellin, Colombia’s efforts towards civil and social transformation in the 21st century. Using the Netflix series Narcos and the narrative of Pablo Escobar as our starting point, students will uncover how Medellin has transformed from one of the world most dangerous cities in the 1980s to one of the world’s most innovative today. Through 10 hours of on-campus discussion in Spring 2020, students will expand their understanding of the social urbanization movement in Medellin and the political, economic, and community-level forces which have shaped the city today. The culmination of this course will be a Spring Break study abroad experience where students will witness first-hand how social urbanization has influenced the city through their participation in a series of tours, excursions, and university visits with Purdue’s partnerships in Medellin.

This program will accept a maximum of 12 students. 

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Academic Credit

SCLA49100: Stories of Transformation in Colombia (3 credits) is the course being offered for this program. This is an embedded course where students will participate in 5 (two-hour) class sessions during the Spring 2020 semester (time and location to be announced). 

Coursework includes both standard lecture and active learning, group discussion and presentations, guest lectures, and a final reflective essay.


This study abroad program is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts. Students from all colleges at Purdue are welcome to apply to participate, regardless of their major or area of study.

A valid passport is required for entry into Colombia. Visas are not required for U.S. citizens entering Colombia. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please go here to learn if you need a visa in addition to a passport to enter Colombia.

Program Cost

A program fee of $2,300 includes round-trip international airfare, all ground transportation in both USA and Colombia, double-occupancy hotel accommodations including breakfast, a welcome and farewell dinner, all entrance and guide fees in Medellin, and insurance. Not included are passport fees, most meals, and money for individual purchases such as souvenirs, etc.

Please note this program fee is current as of August 1, 2019 and could fluctuate slightly before the final fee is set in October 2019.

Study Abroad Scholarship information is available here. $500 is available for qualified students for spring break programs. Please note: Students are only eligible for one short term award during their Purdue career (regardless of amount).

Application Deadline

The deadline for applications is December 1st, 2019. Please apply via the Purdue Study Abroad website.

Once approved and accepted into the program, you must submit a $500 non-refundable* deposit within two weeks of being notified of your acceptance into the program. Failure to pay your deposit in the time allowed may result in you losing your program approval.

* Please note: A minimum of 10 students must be approved and pay their deposit by December 5 for this program to launch. Only in the event that less than 10 students apply/are approved/pay their deposit by December 5, will deposits be fully refunded.

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