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 2017 include:

  • Human Vulnerability and Climate Change Adaptation
  • Globalization and Human Rights
  • Maritime & Territorial Dispute Settlement
  • Identity Politics, Inclusion and Peace Building
  • Education in Emergencies: Armed Conflicts, Disaster and Health Crises
  • Media, Peace, and Conflict

To view additional offerings, browse the UPEACE Course Catalogue.

Summer Peace Institute

UPEACE also welcomes students to their campus during the summer for the Summer Peace Institute. These courses, offered over three weeks in June and July, offer students the opportunity to engage with special guests who work directly with the UN and other international organizations while learning about the UN's sustainable development goals. The program also offers a one-week field component away from UPEACE's main campus. 

Note: there are different funding requirements for the Summer Peace Institute than the standard summer program.

Application Deadlines

Summer 2018 Courses: To Be Determined
2018 Summer Peace Institute: To Be Determined

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.