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
  • Spanish language boot camp
  • Excursions outside of Cali
  • Seminar to Cartagena on the Caribbean coast

Study race, identity, and ethnicity

The program’s home, Cali, has the second largest population of African descent in South America. The city celebrates and accepts blackness as one of its defining features. You’ll use this rich backdrop of diversity as your springboard from which you’ll examine the sociopolitical, economic, artistic, and historical representations of race in all of Afro-Colombia.

Improve your Spanish

You’ll begin the semester with a 2-week intensive course that will give you the boost you need to live in a Spanish-speaking environment. After that, continue to improve your Spanish with a course that lasts throughout the semester. If you’re an 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, you’ll travel 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 overnight 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 stay in the Old City, visiting old forts, walking down colorful streets lined with colonial buildings, and relaxing on the beach.

Curriculum & Syllabi

Intensive Spanish Language

You start the semester with a 2-week intensive Spanish boot camp:

Intensive Spanish
3 credits

taught in Spanish

Core Courses

You take two core courses:

Sociological Perspectives: Crime and Justice in Colombia
3 credits

taught in English by Professor Bahiyyah Mohammed, Howard University


CO/SOCI 400 – Race, Ethnicity and Identities: Debates in the Colombian Context
3 credits

taught in English

Direct Enroll Courses

If you’re an advanced student, you take one to three direct enroll courses at UNIVALLE in a variety of disciplines.

Direct Enroll electives. Taught in Spanish. Taken alongside Colombian undergraduates.

3 credits each

Learn about Course Availability

Spanish Language

If you’re not ready for direct enroll, you are placed into a semester-long Spanish language course after your two-week intensive course ends:

Intermediate Spanish Language
3 credits

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.