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Creative & Cultural Expression in Cartagena

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Cartagena, Colombia
Course # SA 10313
Duration Spring Break
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Spring Break 2018 03/11/18 to 03/17/18

Program Leader

Name Joel Ebarb

Enrollment Details: Enrollment Currently Closed

Program Description

Explore the artistic and cultural history of Cartagena, Colombia, a city uniquely shaped by Caribbean, South American, and European influences.

Over a period six days, experience educational and cultural activities related to five themes: food and leisure, art and design, music and dance, history and culture, and nature and the environment.

Each day will begin at the San Augustin campus of the Universidad de Cartagena, where students will have instruction in both "Survival Spanish" language skills and selected topics appropriate to the theme of the day. Purdue students will be partnered with Uni Cartagena students for portions of their visit, both in and out of the classroom.

Afternoons are devoted to theme-related activities: cooking classes, art and architecture tours, dance classes, visits to historic sites and a special eco tour to the new National Aviary. Evenings are free time to explore, but also include assigned activities related to the various themes.

The experience will be attractive to students who are interested in and passionate about the arts, history and cultural studies. The six days include immersive events where students have the opportunity for active learning.

Required pre-departure meeting on Saturday, March 10. Flight to Colombia is Sunday, March 11. Return to Purdue is Saturday, March 17.

Academic Credit

LC 49000: Special Topics in Foreign Languages and Literatures: Creative & Cultural Expression in Cartagena, 1 credit

Course is taught by Joel Ebarb, Professor of Visual and Performing Arts


All students are eligible to participate, regardless of major/minor. There is no prior Spanish language requirement to participate.

Program Cost

$2098.43 includes round-trip airfare on American Airlines (from Indianapolis), all ground transportation (including round-trip shuttle form Purdue to airport and all necessary shuttle/bus transport in Colombia), 6 nights (double occupancy) at Hotel Tres Banderas (4-star hotel on Trip Advisor), entrance fees for all events, tours, and excursions, 9 meals, insurance

Passport fees not included.

$500 Purdue Moves scholarships are available for spring break programs, so your cost could be as low as $1,598!

Application Deadline

FINAL CALLOUT Thursday November 9, 5:30-6:30, BRNG 1284 PIZZA!!!!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 is the deadline to apply for this program. Please apply via the Purdue Study Abroad website.

Once approved and accepted into the program, you must submit a $500 non-refundable* deposit within one week of being notified of your acceptance into the program.

* Please note: A minimum of 10 students must be approved and pay their deposit by December 1 for this program to launch. Only in the event that less than 10 students apply/are approved/pay their deposit by December 1, will deposits be fully refunded.

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