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CET Colombia

Explore race, identity, and ethnicity in Latin America.

Focus on the Afro-Colombian experience.
Study Spanish.
Go on a Traveling Seminar.
  • Core courses taught in English
  • Pre-Semester Spanish Intensive
  • Excursions outside of Cali
  • Seminar to Cartagena on the Caribbean coast
  • No language prerequisite

Study Race, Ethnicity, and Identities

The program’s home, Cali, is a city that celebrates and accepts blackness as one of its defining features. In your core course, Race, Ethnicity, and Identities: Debates in the Colombian Context, you’ll use the city’s rich diversity as a springboard to examine the sociopolitical, economic, artistic, and historical representations of race in all of Afro-Colombia. Then when class is out, have informed discussions with peers and roommates to keep the conversation going as you explore Colombia’s unique multiculturalism.

Improve your Spanish

You’ll begin the semester with a 2-week intensive course that will give you the boost you need to thrive in a Spanish-speaking environment. If you’re a beginner-level student, you’ll enroll in a Spanish course that lasts throughout the semester. If you’re an intermediate, advanced, or near-native speaker, you can take an elective in Spanish at Universidad del Valle with other Colombian students. No matter your level, you’ll have the chance to practice your Spanish every day—in class, with your Colombian roommates, or just out in the city.

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Traveling Seminar

On your Traveling Seminar, concepts from your Race, Ethnicity, and Identities course will come to life as you explore Colombia with your cohort. You’ll fly to Bolivar and see how Afro-Colombian life has developed in a different region of the country. Head first to the town of Palenque, originally a settlement of escaped African slaves. Stay several nights in a homestay and observe the customs, traditions, and language of this unique community. Then head to Cartagena de Indias on the Caribbean coast. You’ll be steps from the walled city, visit old forts, walk down colorful streets lined with colonial buildings, and relax on the beach.

Curriculum & Syllabi

Step 1. Enroll in these two classes:

Pre-Semester Intensive Spanish

You’ll start the semester with a 2-week intensive Spanish course:

Pre-Semester Intensive Spanish
3 credits

Core Course

A UNIVALLE course taught exclusively for CET students.

CA/SOCI 300 Race, Ethnicity, and Identities: Debates in the Colombian Context
3 credits

Taught in English

Step 2. Build out your remaining curriculum to meet the recommended 15 to 18 total credits.

Spanish Language: Semester

After Pre-Semester Intensive Spanish ends, beginning-level learners enroll in a semester-long Spanish course:

Spanish as Foreign Language
3 credits

Direct Enroll Electives

Intermediate and advanced learners can choose to directly enroll in classes at Universidad del Valle. Taught in Spanish. Taken alongside Colombian undergraduates.

3 credits each

Course Availability

Our goal is to offer every single course every term, but sometimes factors like faculty availability and program enrollment keep us from reaching that goal. If you’re concerned about needing to enroll in any one particular course, please contact us! We’ll try our best to get you the course you need.