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CET Colombia

Cali, Colombia

There’s no better home base for exploring race, identity, and ethnicity than Cali. 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 (2 hours by bus!) with your roommate. Go dancing with friends at Tin Tin Deo, an iconic local salsa club. Listen to the storytellers weave a tale atop the hill in the San Antonio neighborhood. Cali has everything going for it and as a student, you’ll take advantage of all the city has to offer.

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Local Roommates

Want to learn where to find the best manjar blanco (Colombian dulce de leche)? How to navigate the local bus system? The best ways to bargain at the local markets? Sharing a room with a local roommate gives you instant insider’s access to the city. More importantly, it gives you someone to share the city with.

Universidad del Valle

The program is hosted by Universidad del Valle (UNIVALLE). UNIVALLE is one of Colombia’s top public universities with 30,000 students. The large, green campus is located on the south side of Cali and is easily accessible by public transportation.  UNIVALLE has a diverse student body and a strong focus on the Afro-Colombian experience. Racial Studies is one of the most popular majors on campus, a top scholar for Afro-Colombian studies is on the faculty, and the university hosts the Martin Luther King Scholarship, a USAID program opening access to higher education for highly qualified Afro-Colombian students.

Housing & Meals

You’ll share a furnished apartment with other CET students and local roommates. Housing is located near UNIVALLE, allowing for a short commute to classes. For meals, cook at home or take your pick of Cali’s many inexpensive eateries. When you’re on-campus, try the university cafeteria where a full meal for students costs less than $1.