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 will open in mid-January 2019

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.

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.