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Want to work for Change? Explore the Graduate Programs at the University of Peace

Craig Zelizer

February 4, 2019

This is a sponsored organizational post on PCDN

Are you worried about the current state of global affairs?

Do you want to get involved in bringing about lasting change and becoming an agent for Peace?

Are you thinking of studying abroad?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the University for Peace (UPEACE) in Costa Rica wants YOU!

Created by United Nations General Assembly Resolution 35/55 in 1980, the University for Peace has been training leaders for peace for the past four decades. It is a unique international academic institution with over 2,000 Alumni from 120 nations. Located in the province of San Jose, the UPEACE Campus houses a primary forest reserve. UPEACE pursues academic excellence through a systematic and critical analysis of multiple social, legal, and environmental issues affecting global well-being, while its highly qualified Faculty of Resident and Visiting Professors guide their students to formulate and examine strategies and practices that contribute to the processes of confl­ict transformation, peacekeeping and peacebuilding in various contexts. The unique, empowering, and transformative UPEACE Experience is grounded in academic excellence and the cultivation of critical thinking.

UPEACE’s Rodrigo Carazo Campus is named after its founder, a former Costa Rican President whose vision and passion for training future leaders for peace culminated in the creation of the University at the United Nations’ General Assembly in 1980. Located on the outskirts of the capital city of San Jose, the UPEACE Campus offers 300 hectares of tropical forest, and is home to a large number of mammals, birds, and native tree species. Although Costa Rica covers only 0.03% of the world’s surface, it is home to 5% of the world’s biodiversity and conservation areas, which include volcanoes, hot springs, caves, mountains, islands, beaches, rainforests, canyons, and waterfalls, making Costa Rica an exciting destination for studying abroad!

UPEACE offers the following academic programs:

Department of Environment and Development

  • Environment, Development and Peace
  • Responsible Management and Sustainable Economic Development

Department of Peace and Conflict Studies

  • Gender and Peacebuilding
  • International Peace Studies
  • Media and Peace
  • Peace Education

Department of International Law

  • International Law and Human Rights
  • International Law and the Settlement of Disputes

Department of Regional Studies (programs taught in Spanish)

  • Conflict Resolution, Peace and Development
  • International Law and Human Rights

Department of Distance Education

  • A. Sustainable Peace in the Contemporary World

Doctoral Degree Programme

  • Doctoral Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies

The University for Peace’s more than 2000 Alumni live and work in every region of the world. Representing 120 countries, our Alumni work in peacebuilding capacities in their home countries and abroad, often on the front line of conflict situations. A large portion of our Alumni body works for non-governmental organizations, with many of our graduates working within the United Nations system and in various other international humanitarian capacities. Many Alumni have remained in academia, becoming University-level professors at several of the world’s top universities, while others have joined their national governments in diverse and influential areas such as international affairs, electoral tribunals and environmental matters. A significant portion of our Alumni go on to pursue their doctoral/Ph.D. degrees following their UPEACE experience.

Join the thousands of UPEACERs around the world by becoming a leader for Peace; let UPEACE show you how!


Reach out to us for more information:

Email:                      [email protected]

Website:               https://www.upeace.org/

Facebook:            UniversityforPeace

LinkedIn:               University for Peace (UPEACE)

Twitter:                  @UPEACE

Instagram:           universityforpeace

YouTube:               University for Peace (UPEACE)


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