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Study Abroad: Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia)

Bogota, Colombia
Program Description

Chicago-Kent can nominate six (6) students to attend the Summer law program at Universidad de los Andes. Students will pay the tuition at Chicago-Kent and are responsible for any additional expenses. The summer study abroad application deadline is March 15, but please note that applications are reviewed and spots are allocated on a "first completed" basis.

More information about the summer program at Universidad de los Andes can be found here.

Country Background Notes

"Colombia is the third-most populous country in Latin America, after Brazil and Mexico. Ethnic diversity in Colombia is a result of the intermingling of indigenous peoples, Europeans, and Africans. Colombia achieved full independence from Spanish authority in 1813. The country maintained a tradition of civilian government and regular, free, elections. Notwithstanding the country's commitment to democratic institutions, Colombia's history also has been characterized by widespread, violent conflict.

For many years, the Colombian Government made efforts to negotiate a peace with the persistent guerrilla organizations that flourished in Colombia's remote and undeveloped rural areas. Colombian governments have had to contend with the combined terrorist activities of left-wing guerrillas, the rise of paramilitary self-defense forces in the 1990s, and the drug cartels." This information came from the U.S. Department of State. Read the Department of State Background Notes on Colombia for additional information.

Country Travel Notes

"After decades of civil conflict, Colombia is now safe to visit and travelers are discovering what they've been missing. The diversity of the country may astonish you. Colonial cities, archaeological ruins, high-mountain trekking, whale watching, coffee plantations, scuba diving, surfing, the list goes on. No wonder the 'magic realism' style of Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez emerged from here - there is a dreamlike quality to Colombia. Here at the equator, with the sun forever overhead, the fecund earth beneath your feet, heart-stopping vistas in every direction and the warmth of the locals putting you at ease—you may find it difficult to leave." This information came from Lonely Planet's online travel guide. For more information on travel and hostels check out Lonely Planet's travel guide here.

Weather Report

"Colombia's proximity to the equator means its temperature varies little throughout the year. The temperature does change with altitude, creating various climatic zones from hot lowlands to freezing Andean peaks, so you can experience completely different climates within a couple of hours of travel. The altitude also affects the difference between daytime and nighttime temperatures. The higher the altitude, the greater the difference. Colombia has two seasons: dry or verano (literally 'summer') and wet or invierno (winter). The pattern of seasons varies in different parts of the country, and has been greatly affected over recent years by El Niño and La Niña." This information came from The Weather Channel. Find out the current weather report in Bogotá, Colombia, by clicking here.

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