• Colombia
Fall, Spring
Subject Areas
Anthropology Economics Geography Latin American Studies Political Science Sociology
Need-based funding, Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships, Payment plans, LGBTQIA+ funding, BIPOC funding
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Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level


What's Included
Accommodation Activities Visa Wifi
What's Included (Extra)

Local roommates

What's Not Included
Nov 21, 2023
Sep 26, 2022
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About Program

In this program, you’ll study race and identity through the Afro-Colombian lens. The program’s curriculum allows you to examine representations of race and ethnicity in Colombia, improve your Spanish, and live with Colombian roommates! You’ll use the Cali's rich backdrop of diversity as your springboard from which to examine the sociopolitical, economic, artistic, and historical representations of race in all of Afro-Colombia.

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Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

CET believes in making study abroad accessible to students of all races, religions, origins, abilities, gender identities, and sexual orientations. We’ve gathered experiences from BIPOC students to share as resources such as the Identity Abroad pages, Perspective Pieces, and Identity Abroad Support Networks. We are also dedicated to becoming a more anti-racist organization by transforming our workplace, programs, and industry with our Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (JEDI) Action Plan.

LGBTQIA+ Support

CET supports and welcomes students of all identities on our programs. We provide program-specific information under the cultural climate section of our Identity Abroad webpages for LGBTQ individuals in each of our program locations.

Neurodivergent Support

CET makes every effort to offer accommodations comparable to that of the students’ home institution. Disclosing early helps us to make proper preparations. The accommodations offered at each program can be found on each program location's Identity Abroad page. These pages can provide a good idea about what classes are like in terms of workload and class time. Initiating one-on-one conversations with Student Service Coordinators can also help inform students' decisions and determine if a program will be a good fit.

Accessibility Support

CET makes every effort to offer accommodations comparable to that of the students’ home institution. The levels of accessibility, from wheelchair accessibility to extra time on exams, are under each program location’s Identity Abroad page. Initiating one-on-one conversations with Student Service Coordinators can help inform students' decisions and determine if a program will be a good fit.



CET is an environmentally conscientious organization at our headquarters in DC and programs all around the world. In each of our centers, we adopt local measures to reduce our carbon footprint and contribute to sustainable practices. As part of our ongoing efforts towards sustainability, we’ve partnered with Cool Effect, a nonprofit focused on reducing carbon emissions through scientifically-proven, hand-selected carbon projects worldwide. For each trip taken by one of our staff members, travelers, or students, we donate to support three carbon projects chosen by staff volunteers every year.

Ethical Impact

When we set up a program overseas, we become a part of that local community. And as a community member, we are responsible for contributing to local initiatives in meaningful ways. Our website lists some local philanthropic organizations that help us fulfill this responsibility—they host our students, and we support their missions.

Program Highlights

  • Traveling Seminar to Palenque and Cartagena to examine core concepts from different locals
  • English-taught core courses
  • No language prerequisite
  • Live with local Colombian roommates
  • Spanish language classes for all levels


CET Academic Programs Scholarships

CET is a study abroad provider with locations in Brazil, China, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Italy, Jordan, and Taiwan.

CET offers scholarships and financial assistance for their high school abroad, gap year abroad, and college study abroad programs. Financial assistance and scholarships are need and merit based.

Upon applying to any CET program, you'll gain access to CET's scholarships application.

$500 - $2,000

Program Reviews

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  • Academics 4.7
  • Support 5
  • Fun 5
  • Housing 4.7
  • Safety 4.7
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Yes, I recommend this program

CET Colombia: The Best Place To Go

Going abroad with CET Colombia really opened my eyes to the intersectionality within the Afro-Diaspora.I about race ethnicity and land territories as it applies to Afro and Indigenous Colombians. I was able to travel to different parts of the Colombian Pacific and Caribbean Coast and have meaningful conversations with Local Afro-Colombians in Spanish! I was learning Spanish before I went abroad but after those three months my Spanish improved dramatically and I am able to have conversations with different types of Spanish speakers. Everything that I learned in the classroom was translated into field experiences. It was indeed an immersive cultural experience.

  • Immersive Language
  • Learn a lot about Afro-Colombians
  • Travel to different parts of the country
  • No direct-enroll courses
39 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Go to Colombia!!

My time in Colombia was amazing! I learned so much about Afro-Colombian culture, Colombian history, and society as a whole. My program not only allowed me to learn about new places and cultures but also forced me to be introspective and learn new things about my own identity. It caused me to reevaluate the way that I perceive myself in different spaces, and analyze the way that culture influences identity. Overall, I feel that this was an amazing opportunity and has heavily influenced the way that I learn about and analyze different topics and the way that I see myself and the world around me.

  • Immersion experience, courses in Spanish and about Colombian culture.
  • Learn about topics that aren't often explored in American curriculum.
39 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program


CET Colombia is definitely a semester that I will NEVER forget and that has changed me for the better. I learned so much about my host country, the world, and even myself while on this program. I was challenged in new ways which was tough at times but it was 100% worth it and made my program so much more worthwhile. All of my professors were clearly educated in their fields and did a phenomenal job teaching the coursework. It was also super cool to be able to see what I was learning in the classroom about Colombian and Afro Colombian culture in real life when I would go out on program excursions or personal trips. 10/10 recommend!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
If I could change anything about my program it would be how often I went out and explored by myself! I feel like I could've had so many more memories and adventures if I had ventured out more and made more Colombian friends on my own outside of the program and just explored the city more on my own.
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