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. Most 3-credit courses are offered in June.


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 2019 include:

  • The Law of the Sea
  • Globalization and Human Rights
  • Identity Politics, Inclusion and Peace Building
  • Education and Sustainability
  • Transnational Organized Crime
  • Reporting and Representing Distant Suffering

To view additional offerings and course description, browse the UPEACE Course Catalog.

Application Deadline

February 22, 2019

Applications Now Open

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.