Summer Peace Institute

UPEACE, Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica: June 2 – July 13, 2013

Go Abroad!

Deepen your understanding of the changing landscape of contemporary international relations and sharpen your critical thinking and communication skills by participating in the Summer Peace Institute at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) in Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica. The Summer Peace Institute will bring together a diverse international group of students with the purposes of inquiry and dialogue on current world issues related to peacebuilding and human security – “problems without passports” in the phrase coined by Kofi Annan during his tenure as Secretary General of the United Nations. As a leader in the progress toward the human security/basic needs standards encompassed in the UN Millennium Development Goals, Costa Rica offers an ideal setting for the study of sustainable peace and peacebuilding practice. Through lectures and interactive seminars you will be exposed to and have the chance to discuss foundational concepts, current controversies and case studies. You will also have the opportunity to more deeply explore what you learn in the classroom through the undertaking of a research assignment and in-class presentation of your findings. An intensive three-week field study assignment will provide you with the opportunity to interact with a variety of both governmental and non-governmental institutions and actors working in the areas of environment, health, food security, education, development, gender equity, conflict resolution and other human security issues.

Info Session

Wednesday, Feb. 6th, 12-1:30pm

223 Moses, UC Berkeley


PACS 119: Problems without Passports: Human Security Issues in the 21st Century (4 Units) and PACS 135: Peacebuilding Practice, Field Study in Costa Rica (3 Units)


Jerry W. Sanders is Senior Lecturer and Chair Emeritus of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. He currently teaches Peace Theory (PACS 100) and has formerly taught War, Culture and Society (PACS 125AC); Global Change and World Order (PACS 149); International Conflict: Analysis and Resolution (PACS 151); Building Global Peace: Critical Analysis and Constructive Action (PACS 119), among other courses. Dr. Sanders' teaching and research interests include critical cosmopolitan theory and practice; globalization and governance; human security and peacebuilding; and neo-conservatism in American political culture and foreign policy. He is the author of Peddlers of Crisis: The Committee on the Present Danger and The Politics of Containment (South End Press, 1983), a co-founder of the World Policy Journal, and a contributing author to the Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace (Oxford University Press, 2010). In addition to his academic writings, he has published articles in World Policy, The Nation, The Progressive, In These Times, and Mothers Jones. Dr. Sanders received the Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley (1980) and served as a community development Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia (1967-69). He has also taught abroad in Spain, Mexico, Sweden, Argentina, and Costa Rica.

"One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things." - Henry Miller

Who can Apply?

UC Berkeley students, students from other colleges and universities, international students, and adults with interest in study abroad are encouraged to apply.

In order to apply, all participants must:

  • Have successfully completed at least one year of college course work by the start of the program
  • Have a 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Get instructor approval

How to Apply

Applications open on February 1, 2013 and closes March 15, 2013. Applicants must include an official or unofficial copy of your transcript, and the $400 non-refundable deposit. Interested participants are encouraged to apply as early as possible, as applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.

For the Costa Rica program, participants must e-mail a Statement of Interest to Summer Abroad seven days after submitting their online application or by March 15, 2013, whichever comes first.


Summer Abroad fees include program fee (including the non-refundable $400 deposit) and tuition fees which are:

UC Students: $4,607

Visiting Students: $4,775

Note: This does not include out of pocket expenses such as airfare, books, additional meals, etc.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to eligible students to assist with the cost of Berkeley Abroad programs. Students who receive financial aid:

  • Qualify for the same financial aid package they would typically receive when enrolled in the same term at UC Berkeley.
  • Can use financial aid towards tuition and program fees as well as out of pocket expenses such as airfare, meals, and books.
  • May be eligible for study abroad scholarships and grants