Communication, Leadership and Community Development 

During this faculty-led study abroad immersion, you will gain practical training that will help you better understand the development needs of a local community.

You will work with community groups in Cali, putting your communication and listening skills to work.  Community leaders use creative and inclusive approaches based in story-telling, media and the arts to build relationships, create consensus, accomplish goals and work for social change.

You will gain practical skills applicable to organizational development, intercultural collaboration and team building.

Cali, Colombia Study Abroad Experience

This program is run in partnership with Javeriana University. A typical day includes working with a community partner for half of the day, classroom instruction, group debriefs and project work, as well as tours and free time.  

You can use your financial aid toward the cost of this study abroad program. 

Details on the most recent project in this article: Global Engagement in the Digital Age.

Learn more about why Alumna Linda Hobrook choose to travel to Cali while a student and after graduation: Coming and Going: For Innovation and Immersion.


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Program Details: 


  • June 16 - 29, 2024

Estimated Costs

  • Tuition (3 credits): Est. $3,150
  • Program Fee: $810


  • Shared accommodations at Villa Javier at Javeriana University
  • Most group meals
  • Local group transportation
  • Group excursions and activities
  • Student insurance

Not included:

  • Airfare
  • Some meals
  • Textbooks
  • Personal expenses


The courses are hybrid with online components. When you return home, you will continue to complete coursework.

COML 572: Communication, Leadership and Community Development - 3 credits
Instructor: Pavel Schlossberg, Ph.D.

You will increase your cultural sensitivity as you work with community partners in Cali. Emphasizing face-to-face, as well as the use of digital communication tools, the course provides classroom instruction and practical training to help leaders better understand community development needs as well as how individuals and organizations might work inclusively in partnership with local community institutions to engage and build up local community capacity and empowerment.

This course is eligible as an elective for the College TeachingDigital Media StrategiesGlobal Leadership and Servant Leadership Concentrations.