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  • Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: IOP Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: University of California Berkeley 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UCM Deadline Campus Decision Date Start Date End Date
IOP Summer 2020 02/21/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.00 Click here for a definition of this term Class standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate student, 6-Other
Language of instruction: English Housing options: Home-stay
Click here for a definition of this term Areas of study: Political science, Spanish
Program Description:

Summer Peace Institute and the UN-mandated University for Peace: Human Security and Peacebuilding

UPEACE, Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica


Deepen your understanding of the changing landscape of contemporary international relations and sharpen your critical thinking and communication skills by participating in the Summer Peace Institute at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) in Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica. The Summer Peace Institute will bring together a diverse international group of students with the purposes of inquiry and dialogue on current world issues related to peacebuilding and human security – "problems without passports" in the phrase coined by Kofi Annan during his tenure as Secretary General of the United Nations.  As a leader in the progress toward the human security/basic needs standards encompassed in the UN Millennium Development Goals, Costa Rica offers an ideal setting for the study of sustainable peace and peacebuilding practice.  Through lectures and interactive seminars you will be exposed to and have the chance to discuss foundational concepts, current controversies and case studies.   You will also have the opportunity to more deeply explore what you learn in the classroom through the undertaking of a research assignment and in-class presentation of your findings.  An intensive three-week field study assignment will provide you with the opportunity to interact with a variety of both governmental and non-governmental institutions and actors working in the areas of environment, health, food security, education, development, gender equity, conflict resolution and other human security issues.


May 24, 2015 – July 4, 2015