Ciudad Colón is a small town situated west of Santa Ana in Costa Rica. It is famous for its warm climate, proximity to nature and surrounding mountains, folkloric traditions, horse riding, and multiculturalism. The area is also host to outdoor activities such as biking, running, and hiking.
Demographically, Ciudad Colón can be considered as cosmopolitan as Santa Ana, but in terms of amenities and services available, it is a typical small Costa Rican town. For example, there is one major supermarket that meets the needs and requirements of expatriates and dozens of other small stores, banks and pharmacies. There are no upscale bars or restaurants but there are many local venues catering to food and entertainment.
Located about 6 kilometers into the hills of Ciudad Colón is the United Nations-mandated University for Peace. Established in 1980 as a Treaty Organization by the UN General Assembly, UPEACE has a mission "to provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace with the aim of promoting among all human beings the spirit of understanding, tolerance and peaceful coexistence, to stimulate cooperation among peoples and to help lessen obstacles and threats to world peace and progress, in keeping with the noble aspirations proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations."
Over 200 students from all over the world pursue their master's degrees at UPEACE in a wide variety of academic disciplines, including international peace studies, conflict resolution and settlement of disputes, human rights and natural resources management. The vast majority of students reside in Ciudad Colón, which provides the town with distinctive student feel.
Housing and Meals
During the program you will live in a homestay with a local family in Ciudad Colón. You will be provided with breakfast seven days per week and dinner five days per week in your homestay.
|Please note that accommodations are subject to change.|
A comprehensive orientation will be provided both on the UC Berkeley campus as well as on-site. Orientation will cover various topics, including academics, local culture, health and safety, transportation, and more.