University of California, Riverside

UCR Study Abroad - UCR Summer Abroad Program

2017 Jardín, Colombia

Art, Architecture, and Literature in Colombia

Ready to experience one of the most unique nations of Latin America? Land of Nobel Laureates as well as famous singers and actresses? Shakira, Susana Vergara, and Nobel Laureate Gabriel García Márquez all hail from Colombia. World class artists and pop singers are both from the region of Antioquia, the setting for this summer program. The peaceful and quaint town of Jardín is first setting for this program, where you will feel like you have been transformed to the nineteenth century, nestled in the mountains of Colombia’s coffee land and banana trees. After two weeks in this idyllic setting, you will be in modern, twenty-first century El Pobaldo, with coffee shops called Juan Valdés instead of Starbucks, salsa and reggaetón more than the folkloric. Take courses from UCR Distinguished Professor Raymond L. Williams, with ample participation of writers and professors from the host institution, the safe and luxurious Universidad EAFIT. Graduate students from the EAFIT will be official hosts, individually, with UCR, students, serving as compañeros, compañeras, or acompañantes. You will not just study Colombian culture and literature, you will experience the magic of what Colombians call the realismo mágico of everyday life in this unique nation. In the evening,the program will include beginning classes of salsa, bachata, porro. Total cost, including tuition for 8 units and flight, in range of $5,000. Financial aid for UCR and special scholarships available.

Students enroll in 8 units of the appropriate classes according to their level, combining introduction to culture and literature and Spanish 190(special project). The former is Colombian culture with emphasis on Antioquia, and 190 is a special topic in Colombia. Based on levels of interest to be determined. Each student will be assigned a graduate student compañero(a) or acompañante. Classes held outdoors and at coffee shops in El Jardin; at Universidad EAFIT in El Poblado. Meals a variety of settings, including lunches at Univ EAFIT, where students will have choices. This program is projected as an annual offering into 2018 and beyond.

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  • General Program Information

    NOTE: This a five-week program, which requires Spanish language proficiency in order to participate.

    Raymond L. Williams, Hispanic Studies (

    Program Locations:
    Jardín, El Poblado, Bogotá
    Universidad Central, Bogota


    Tentative Dates:

    Summer Session B: July 31 - September 2, 2017

  • Accommodations

    Students will enjoy superb room and board in Colombia. In Jardín, the accommodations are well above the typical student residence in Latin America, staying in cabañas that are comparable to condos in the U,S. In El Poblado, the students reside in a well selected student hostel approved by the Universidad EAFIT.

  • Detailed Program Fees

    Please note that Program-Related Fees will be paid to UCR (see payment instructions). Airfare and most meals are included in the "Estimated Additional Costs" section in the bottom half of the table; each program is designed individually and may or may not include the same amenities or cover the same expenses as other UCR Summer Study Abroad programs. Students are responsible for understanding program-related fees for their program.

    Accommodations and Service Abroad Fees included in “Remaining Program Fees” is subject to change based on fluctuating exchange rates, unexpected changes in activities and local prices. Fees estimated below do not include personal travel, entertainment, out-of-pocket medical expenses, special medical needs, and other emergencies, as well as other personal needs items not required by the program.

    Program Fees

    Program-Related FeesUndergraduates Graduates 
    Course Fees – 8 Units of UC credit $2446.54* $2918.08*
    Course Materials and Services Fees (CMSF) $646.78* Same as undergraduate
    Programming Fees (Lodging, Airfare, Excursions & Misc Fees) $2587.14* Same as undergraduate
    Estimated Total Cost*$5680.46*$6152.00*

    *UC Riverside’s Per Unit Course Fee is subject to Regental, legislative, and gubernatorial action and may change without notice.

    The tuition, fees, and charges posted here are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by State funding reductions. Accordingly, final approved levels (final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown. The amounts shown here represent, for planning purposes, estimates of the Per Unit rate for Summer 2017. Actual charges for 2016-17 have yet to be determined by The Regents of the University of California and are not yet available at this time. Final figures are subject to change and may differ from the amount shown.

  • Tentative Program Itinerary


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University of California, Riverside
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Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Tel: (951) 827-4113