Coursework & Syllabi
Fall or Spring Semester
You take one core course, a two-week Spanish intensive, and build the rest of your curriculum according to your Spanish level to meet the total 12 recommended credits.
Pre-Semester Intensive Spanish
You take this two-week intensive Spanish course to help with the adjustment to life in Cali for 3 credits:
- Pre-Semester Intensive Spanish
You take this 3-credit Univalle course that is taught exclusively for CET students. This course is initially taught in English, but as your language skills improve, your teachers introduce more Spanish instruction.
Spanish Language: Semester
After you complete the Pre-Semester Spanish Intensive, you enroll in a semester-long Spanish course for 3 credits.
- Spanish as a Foreign Language
You choose one of these 3-credit electives in English:
Pre-Semester Intensive Spanish
You take this two-week intensive Spanish course to help with the adjustment to life in Cali for 3 credits. If you are a native or near-native Spanish speaker, you can opt to do a Spanish independent study instead.
- Pre-Semester Intensive Spanish
You take this 3-credit Univalle course that is taught exclusively for CET students. This course is initially taught in English, but incorporates more Spanish instruction as your language skills warm up.
Choose two additional courses to meet the total 12 recommended credits.
Electives at CET
These 3-credit electives are exclusively for CET students in English or Spanish:
- CA/GEOG 310 Environmental Conflicts, Territorialities, and Ethnic Groups in Colombia
- CA/SOCI 315 Crime & Justice in Colombia
- CA/ANTH 330 The Cultures of Afro Descendants in Colombia (taught in Spanish)
- CA/POLI 320 Reclaiming Blackness: Social and Political Movements in Colombia (taught in Spanish)
After you complete the Pre-Semester Spanish Intensive, you can choose to enroll in a 3-credit semester-long Spanish elective course.
- Spanish as a Foreign Language`
Race, Ethnicity, Identity
Traveling Seminar: Comparative Learning
Day 1: Travel to San Basilio de Palenque. Meet with community members to discuss local history and culture.
Day 2: Learn about the local justice system from La Guardia Cimarrona themselves. Then meet with a traditional drum maker and learn a few local songs.
Day 3: Hike to the local farming spot and assist a Palenquero farmer for the day.
Day 4: Travel to Cartagena. Explore the city and then relax on the beach.
Day 5: Head to La Boquilla, a village outside the city with a large Afro-Colombian population. Hear about the negative effects of rapid-growth tourism for livelihoods dependent upon fishing from locals.
Day 6: Meet with local social leaders as you visit neighborhoods populated by those displaced by armed conflict and gentrification. Reflect with peers on the Old Town walls.
Day 7: Travel back to Cali.
Improve your Spanish
Proudly Afro-Colombian: A Discussion Series
Highlight Afro-Colombian leaders in this twice-a-semester event hosted by CET and Univalle. Step on stage and facilitate public discussions with prominent artists, scientists, professors, activists, etc., and bring attention to the work they do to uplift the local black community. In hosting a Proudly Afro-Colombian discussion, you give a little back to the community that hosts you in Cali.
Share a conveniently located apartment in Barrio San Joaquin with CET peers and local Colombian students. Get to Universidad del Valle on foot in just ten minutes, and the CET office in five minutes. And after class is out, cook dinner at home with your roommates, explore the neighborhood, or enjoy the apartment complex’s communal pool, basketball and soccer courts, and even Bachata and yoga classes.
Eating in Cali
For meals, take your pick of Cali’s many inexpensive eateries or use your student ID to try the Univalle cafeteria, where a full meal costs less than 1 USD for students. And while you’re out in the city, don’t forget to try a cholado (fresh fruit salad over shaved ice with condensed milk)—you’re living in Cali after all. Feeling like a home-cooked meal? Grab ingredients at the supermarket and have a night in with your roommates.
EXTRA Support FOR GAP
With the sudden dive into intensive college-level courses, a brand new environment, and a foreign language and culture, we make sure that our gap students get a little extra support. You’ll have weekly meetings in English with the Resident Director and other gap students to unpack your experiences. Overwhelmed by culture shock? Need ideas for how to bond with your roommate? Or maybe you just want to share the details on your favorite new breakfast spot. These weekly meetings provide a safe space for gap students to discuss and reflect, though all students are always welcome to approach staff with any issues.
Director of Operations
In a city where the influences of diversity are ever-present, your everyday surroundings will inform your studies and Cali’s active calendar of cultural activities will fill your days. Enjoy a cold champú (refreshing local drink) as you relax in town. Spend the weekend at the mountains or on the beach (3 hours by bus!) with your roommate. Listen to the storytellers weave a tale atop the hill in the San Antonio neighborhood.
Activities & Excursions
Each term, the program offers different extra-curricular activities that allow you to explore Cali and Colombian culture. Take a salsa class to try your hand at the national pastime. Spend the day at the river with peers and local roommates. Explore different neighborhoods around Cali. And there’s even more to see on your own or with friends—enjoy the views from Colombia’s Christ the Redeemer statue, attend one of the city’s many festivals, or see live music atop Loma de la Cruz on the weekend.
Retreat From the City
Spring 2021: $14,990
All of your classes and program-related learning are included with your tuition.
We arrange for you to live in an apartment with CET peers and a local roommate. Your program fees go toward rent, furnishing, and other management costs.
We cover your transit, housing, and most meals during your Traveling Seminar to Cartagena and Palenque. Don’t forget to bring a camera and your curiosity.
From pre-departure to orientation, from on site to re-entry, CET provides you with the support you need every step of the way.
You’re provided with a comprehensive insurance plan that even includes medical evacuation coverage.
The activities and excursions that we arrange are included in your program fee. All you need to do is remember to bring your camera!
We guide you step-by-step through the visa process. You’ll need to do the legwork, but we pay the consular fees if you obtain your visa through the service we recommend.
Your textbooks and course supplies are covered and waiting for you in Beijing.
Costs for Fall/Spring
To be eligible for a Gap at CET program, you:
- Must be 18 or order at the time of program participation
- Should have a high school diploma but are not yet enrolled at a college or university degree program
- Are recommended to have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Admissions decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, so students with lower GPAs are still encouraged to apply.
- Open to all levels of Spanish language speakers
Complete the application through your online CET account. This is a brief form that asks for basic information and has a few short answer questions about why you want to study abroad.
Use the link in your online account to send a recommendation request to one of your previous teachers.
Your online CET account has specific instructions for submitting an official transcript.
A phone interview with a CET staff member is a required step of the application process. You will be contacted soon after the completion of your other application materials.
Price Subject to Change:
CET reserves the right to increase quoted charges at any time without prior notification, based on increased instruction costs, exchange rate fluctuation or other cost increases beyond CET’s control.