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 on a project applying research techniques and negotiation skills as you identify community challenges and help facilitate solutions.  You will work with a variety of organizations in the local community.

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

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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


ORGL 690 - Development Communication - 3 credits
Instructor: Pavel Schlossberg, Ph.D., Katey Roden, Ph.D.

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.