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. ForJanuary 2020, the Program will offer two courses for you to choose from:

The Peace Agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC-EP guerrilla has ended the longest armed conflict in Latin America. This Agreement has brought new and complex challenges that imply the formulation of different strategies that respond territorially to the historical, political and social contexts of the conflict. This is necessary in order to reconstruct the social fabric and consolidate peace environments. In this sense, this course will study the history of the armed conflict in Colombia, the basis of the transitional justice model that was implemented, the processes of peacebuilding and the current challenges.  

This course is highly practical and includes the following learning methodologies: Readings, tailored lectures, investigation, discussion of readings, debates, research, practice exercises, and oral presentations. Each class includes practice exercises.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • A country that is trying to abandon the war.
  • 1960´s: the origins of the guerrillas.
  • A country that strives for making peace more than war.
  • Introduction to Peace Agreement.
  • Negotiation process in Havana, Cuba.
  • Transitional justice.
  • Peacebuilding strategies from the communities.
  • Current challenges of the post conflict and territorial peace (overview).
  • Murders of social leaders: the risks of citizen participation in Colombia.

The Instructors

Iván Garzón Vallejo

Associated Professor at Universidad de La Sabana and Senior Researcher according to classification of Colciencias. His issues of research are the relationships between politics and religion, historical memory and liberalism.  Prof. Garzón Vallejo holds a Ph.D. in Political Sciences from Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina and a Law degree from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, where he also studied Philosophy. Author of four books and more than thirty academic articles on political theory and philosophy of law. He was Visiting Researcher at Georgetown University and Visiting Scholar at Missouri State University.

Diana María Ramírez Sarmiento, 

Professor at Universidad de La Sabana. Holds a M.A. in Political Science, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Law degree from Universidad de los Andes, Colombia. She also has a Diploma from the Program of Political Management, Public Management and Governance, from Universidad del Rosario, Colombia. Her issues of research are citizen participation, peacebuilding and social movements.

Juana Inés Acosta-López,

Professor at Universidad de La Sabana. Holds a Law degree from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana; M.A in Human Rights and Democratization from Universidad Externado de Colombia and an LL.M in International Legal Studies from New York University. She is currently studying her JSD at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. She has been an agent in representation of Colombia and Bolivia before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in more than 10 cases and participated as Deputy Director of the thematic area of the Office of the High Commissioner for Peace in the peace talks in Havana, Cuba. She has been an advisor to public and private entities and international organizations on issues of international law and human rights. She has been President and Vice President of the Colombian Academy of International Law and has several publications on issues of international human rights law, and transitional justice.                    

Since the past five years Latin American fashion is treading strong on international events and fashion runways. A new generation of designers - inspired by its origins and culture - has successfully begun conquering the world thanks to its unique talent, fresh ideas and raw materials. International students will learn about the outlook of Latin American fashion industry, its origin, inspiration, growing, evolution, characters and career opportunities. Students might also find this class appealing for its aim to focus its studies in the fashion world. 

Let’s voyage through this amazing cultural Latin American fashion experience!

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Latin America cultural overview.
  • Fashion & culture.
  • The language of fashion – workshop.
  • Latin American culture: the evolution of style.
  • The identity in Latin American cultures and fashion.
  • Latin American Jewelry.
  • The fashion system: from design process to consumers.
  • The growing and consolidation of Latin American fashion.

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 Villamil

Camila Villamil Navarro,

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.

Latin American Studies Experiences

LASP 2014 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.

LASP 2015 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.

LASP 2016 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 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 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 2019 Participants

This year, students from Australia joined us for the 2019 version.For four weeks, the students learned about Negotiation Skills 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.

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