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Professional Intercultural and Global Development in Colombia

Program Details

The arrangements for the travel, housing, meals, excursions and course content of this program have been made by the leader. Questions about this program can only be answered by the program leader listed below.

Program Type Departmental
Program Location Barranquilla, Cartagena, Medellin, Colombia
Course # SA 10522
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2023 05/07/23 to 05/23/23

Program Leader

Name Assistant Director, Latin America/Spain Program – Global Engineering Programs
Email hp@purdue.edu
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Please Note: Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Program Description

NOTE: this program is currently under development and the travel dates may change slightly (+- 1 day). 

Check out what participants have to say about Colombia here

Broaden your Professional, Intercultural and Global skills by engaging in multicultural and academic experiences in Colombia’s Caribbean region. This program is partially funded by the ExxonMobil Foundation and it is part of 100,000 Strong in the Americas, the White House’s premiere education initiative for the Western Hemisphere.

Visit 3 cities and to two of Purdue Engineering key partner institutionsUniversidad del Norte (UniNorte) and Universidad EAFIT. UniNorte is located in Barranquilla, the largest city and port in the northern Caribbean Coast region and the main industrial, shopping, educational and cultural center in the area. Universidad EAFIT is located in Medellín, a city earned it the title of “Innovative City if the Year” in 2012 among 200 contestants from around the world. Medellín is the second-largest city in Colombia and the capital of the department of Antioquia. You will also visit Cartagena, named one of the most popular destinations to travel in the world according to TripAdvisor.

Work with Engineering faculty members; meet Purdue Alumni and key players involved in developing technology and science as a tool for increased productivity and sustenance, and who support the economic development and progress in these regions. Some of the corporations and businesses you will visit are the Colombian American Chamber of Commerce, Colombia's main Atlantic port society, Grupo Argos, Runta N (main tech and innovation hub in the region), among others.

Interact with local and international students. Participate in various student success and university wellbeing programs. UniNorte’s international students will join several of the site visits and activities, so that you gain a better understanding of the life of an exchange student in Barranquilla.

Visit various historical sites and museums to learn about the historical and cultural wealth of the region. Barranquilla is home to one of the most important folk and cultural festivals of Colombia, the Carnival of Barranquilla, which was declared a National Cultural Heritage by the Congress of Colombia in 2001 and recognized by UNESCO. Medellín has an abundance of parks, libraries, museums and public spaces where many Cultural events take place and it is home to one of the largest flower festivals in the world. This program also includes free basic Spanish lessons and regional culture lessons.    

Get your IDI profile and your Global Competence Certificate (GCC)! In order to facilitate the intercultural and global development piece, you will have four pre-departure and two post-journey meetings with the team leader, Dr. H. Parker, Assistant Director for Global Engineering Programs, Latin America/Spain Program. She is an Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Qualified administrator and has co-developed various intercultural and global learning assessment tools with Purdue’s Assistant Director for Global Learning Faculty and Student Development Program. She is also a native Spanish-speaker and will travel with the group to Colombia and handle all the logistics.

Academic Credit

3 technical elective credits have been approved for ME students (ME 497). All other majors, please check with your academic advisor to see if this program can count towards credit in your field.


This program is open to all engineering majors and levels as long as you are in good academic standing.

Program Cost

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.

Approximately $3,660.00

The price includes all major room & board costs: international and domestic air tickets, local transportation, hotel accomodations and meals (with the exception of a few meals during free time), study abroad fees, academic credits, and international insurance. 

Students may apply for a Purdue Moves Scholarship to help offset the cost. The program cost may drop from $1,000.00 to $2500.00 if scholarship is awarded. For more information about this scholarship visit this page.


Application Deadline

Open enrollment until program is full. Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2023 to allow time for the pre-departure meetings. This program tends to fill up quickly, so we encourage you to apply early in the process to guarantee yourself as spot in the program. 

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.