United Nations University for Peace San José, Costa Rica

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The UN University for Peace (UPEACE), established in 1980 by the UN General Assembly under its own charter, strives to be a forward-thinking, transformational and inspirational educational institution dedicated to the goals of quality teaching, research and service for serving humanity in building a peaceful world. UPEACE attracts students and faculty from around the world and is a truly global community, providing an invaluable networking resource for students who plan to pursue an international career. The campus is located near San José within a beautiful nature reserve composed of secondary forest and the last remnant of primary forest in Costa Rica.

Program Dates

Varies based on course selection.


Summer Courses

UPEACE offers a variety of intensive courses that students can enroll in over a roughly three week time frame. While students are unable to enroll in more than one course at a time, students are able to enroll in multiple courses that do not have overlapping dates. Sample course offerings for 2018 include:

  • Transnational Organized Crime
  • Globalization and Human Rights
  • Reporting & Representing Distant Suffering
  • Identity Politics, Inclusion and Peace Building
  • Education for Sustainability
  • Leading in Times of Change: Innovating from Inside Out
  • Human Security
  • Media, Peace, and Conflict

To view additional offerings, browse the UPEACE Course Catalogue.

Application Deadlines

Summer 2018 Courses: Priority application deadline is 11:59 PM EST February 22, 2018. If more space is available, applications will move to a rolling basis after this deadline until early March. 

You will be notified by email with a decision regarding your nomination for study abroad. At that time, students will be required to submit a non-refundable deposit of $300.

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Suggested Program Match

While all students are encouraged to apply, this program is most compatible with Intercultural & International Communication; International Development; Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs; International Peace and Conflict Resolution; and Global Environmental Politics.