Communication and Community Development 

During this experience, 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 skills to work, listening to the needs of those on the ground and helping to facilitate agreed upon solutions. You will leave Cali more culturally aware and sensitive.

This program is run in partnership with Javeriana University. During this faculty-led course, a typical day would include working with the community partner for half the day, classroom instruction and project work, as well as tours and free time.  You can use your financial aid toward the cost of this study abroad program.

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.

Learn more about the most recent project in this article: Global Engagement in the Digital Age


Kathryn Callaghan
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Program Details:


  • 2020 Dates TBA

Estimated Costs

  • Tuition: $2,880 – 3 credits
  • Program Fee: $1110


  • Shared accommodations at Villa Javier at Javeriana University
  • Most group meals
  • Local group transportation
  • 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.

ORGL 690 - Development Communication - 3 Credits
Instructor: Pavel Schlossberg, Ph.D., Katey Roden, 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 Global Leadership Concentration.