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  • Locations: Cali, Colombia
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Program Sponsor: CET Academic Programs 
  • Restrictions: Pomona applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: English, Spanish Housing options: Apartment
Areas of study: Anthropology, Economics, Latin American Studies, Politics, Spanish Class standing: 1 - Second Semester Sophomore, 2 - Junior, 3 - First Semester Senior
Program type: Direct enrollment, Hybrid, Stand alone Language level: Spanish 2, 22, or the equivalent
GPA: 3.0
Program Description:
Study Race, Ethnicity, and Identities in Colombia.

In this program, you’ll study race and identity through the Afro-Colombian lens. The program’s curriculum, developed in consultation with Howard University, 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.

  • Core courses taught in English
  • Pre-semester Spanish Intensive to help you adjust to your new life abroad
  • Group excursions outside of Cali to explore core concepts from different locales 
  • Traveling Seminar
  • No language prerequisite
Visit the CET website to apply and learn more about this program.

Academic Program
With out-of-class learning, local roommates, and direct-enroll classes in a Colombian classroom, students will have opportunities to grow their understanding both intellectually and experientially. Students participate in the Pre-semester Intensive Spanish course and a Spanish as a Foreign Language course during the semester. Advanced students can waive the semester course if taking all Spanish-taught courses. The CR/NC option is limited to direct enroll university courses only.

For academic year 2022-2023 and years prior: Students enroll in a minimum of 15 U.S. semester credits to equal 4 Pomona credits. 
From fall 2023 onwards: Students enroll in 15-18 U.S. semester credits to equal 3.75-4.5 Pomona credits. 

Living Arrangements 
Students will stay in self-catered, off-campus apartments with CET peers and local Colombian students. Apartments are located in a residential neighborhood within a 5-minute walk of the CET Center. 

Number of Students 
CET enrolls approximately 7-12 students, selected from a national pool.

Host Institution 
CET Academic Programs
Universidad del Valle (Univalle)
Universidad Autónoma de Occidente (UAO) 

Faculty Liaison 
April Mayes 

Spanish 2, 22, or the equivalent 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline (Pacific Time) Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2024 09/17/2023 10/13/2023 TBA TBA