Latin American Studies Program

This four-week program offers students and young professionals the opportunity to have a cultural and academic experience in Colombia, one of Latin America's most diverse countries, while taking subjects on Latin American issues. For January 2019, the Program will offer two courses for you to choose from:

This program is hosted by the School of Law and Political Sciences at Universidad de La Sabana. In this course, you will learn negotiation skills and will understand the particularities of the process within Colombia and Latin America. Using the FARC negotiation process as an example, you will not only learn how to reach successful agreements within the region, but also gain a critical view towards the Latin American mindset, culture, realities and needs from a relationship-building point of view.

This course is highly practical and includes the following learning methodologies: Readings, tailored lectures, investigation, face-to-face practice exercises, virtual practice exercises, discussion, case study, and presentations. Each class includes practice exercises.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Colombian negotiation and conflict management perspective 
  • Negotiation Techniques 
  • Psychological Analysis of Negotiation
  • Neurological Analysis of Negotiation
  • Generating Options through MESOs (Multiple Equivalent Simultaneous Offers)
  • Colombian and Latin American Negotiation
  • Intercultural Negotiation applied to Latin American scenarios. The Colombian FARC negotiation process

The Instructor

Juan del Valle internacionalizaciónThe course will be led by Juan del Valle, a Colombian attorney, LLM in U.S. Law from Washington University in St. Louis, USA, certified in Negotiation Skills training at Harvard University, USA, University of Windsor, Canada, the State Bar of California through TWZ, USA, who is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in Education in Leadership and Organizational Psychology at Aspen University, USA. Juan Del Valle is a faculty member from the School of Law and Political Sciences at La Sabana and adjunct professor at Washington University in St. Louis, USA. Additionally, Juan is an associate professor of the International Institute of Management (IIM), USA, where he designed the negotiation course for corporate leaders.

This program is hosted by the School of Communication. According to BMI Research, an emerging market analysis firm, the fashion market in Latin America is bigger than the Middle East and growing as fast as Asia (Business of Fashion, 2017). Fashion Weeks and Trade Shows in Mexico, Brazil, Panama, Peru and Colombia are now making the headlines of the most relevant fashion publications such as Vogue and ELLE. In this course, you will learn about the outlook of Latin American fashion industry, its growth, evolution, characters and career opportunities. 

The course will cover the following topics:

  • - The Meaning of the Concept of Fashion
  • The Language of Fashion
  • The Fashion System: From Design Process to Consumers
  • Latin American Fashion History: The Evolution of Style
  • The Identity in Latin American Fashion
  • The Growth and Consolidation of Latin American Fashion Industry
  • The Future of Latin American Fashion: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Fashion Brands: The Relationship between Identity and Image
  • Communication Strategies for Latin American Fashion Brands

Each class is designed to create a different experience. Therefore, the course will include: field work, tailored lectures, at least one guest speaker, workshops, literature & video seminars and in depth projects of design, as well as presentations and cross critics. 

The instructor

Camila VillamilThe course will be led by Camila Villamil Navarro, a Colombian Social Communicator and Journalist from La Sabana who has more than 5 years of experience working in the fashion industry as a fashion consultant, content creator and social media strategist.

Thanks to her blog So Sophisticated, Camila has worked with many fashion and beauty brands and has been invited to the most important fashion weeks in Latin America and the United States including New York Fashion Week, Miami Fashion Week, Fashion Week Panama and Fashion Week Mexico City. Additionally, Camila has worked as a reporter for women's magazines such as Aló and Viva Lifestyle.

Currently, Camila is a professor of Fashion Journalism and Fashion and Contemporary Image at La Sabana.



LASP 2018 Participants

This year, students from Australia, United Kingdom and United States joined us for the 2018 version.

For four weeks, the students learned about Sustainable Development in Latin America, as well as about Colombian history and culture. They  also attended Spanish lessons offered by our Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures and enjoyed several cultural activities in Bogotá and its surroundings.


LASP 2017 participants

This year, 13 Australian students from Macquarie University and RMIT University joined us for the 2017 version.

For four weeks, the students learned about Sustainable Development in Latin America, as well as about Colombian history and culture. They  also attended Spanish lessons offered by our Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures and enjoyed several cultural activities in Bogotá and its surroundings.


LASP 2016-1 participants

Universidad de La Sabana welcomed 14 autralian students who joined the 2016-1 Latin American Studies Program, coming from Macquarie University (2), RMIT (4), Queensland University of Technology (2) , University of Sydney (5) and University of Technology Sydney (1).

For four weeks, the students took courses on Business Culture and History of Latin America, taught in English by La Sabana professors. They  also attended Spanish lessons from our Department of Languages and Cultures, and enjoyed cultural activities in Bogotá and its surroundings.

They were at the University until February 12.


LASP 2015-1 participants

Universidad de La Sabana welcomed 22 Australian students who joined the 2015-1 Latin American Studies Program, coming from Macquarie University (10), University of Technology Sydney (6), Queensland University of Technology (5) and James Cook University (1).

For four weeks, the students took courses on Business Culture and History of Latin America, taught in English by La Sabana professors. They  also attended Spanish lessons from our Department of Languages and Cultures, and enjoyed cultural activities in Bogotá and its surroundings.

They were at the University until February 13.


LASP 2014-2 participants

Eliana Lignola (left) and Anna Chiara (Middle-left), from Università Cattolica de Sacro Cuore, Italy, Susana Martínez (Middle-right) from Corpus Christi College, Canadá and Talesha Mohammed (Right) from University of the West Indies, Trinidad y Tobago,  participated in the Latin American Studies Program (LASP) 2014-2.


Latin American Studies Experiences


Contact us
Latin American Studies Program Team
Email: lasp@unisabana.edu.co 
Telephone: +57 (1) 8615555 / 8616666 Ext. 11321