I’M INTERESTED IN ONE OF YOUR COURSES, WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION?

Thank you for your interest in our upcoming course. In order to apply, please fill out a short Application Form and send it back to us – the courses have a limited enrollment policy to maximize participant experience so the sooner the better. You will be contacted by us within 5 working days of receipt of your application. You can also email us at centre@upeace.org with any questions.

ONCE I AM ACCEPTED, HOW DO I PAY THE TUITION?

There are two payment options, either by credit card or by wire transfer; a description of both can be found in the Payment Options under the Enroll section of the website. Additional details will also be sent in your admission letter.

ARE THERE ANY PRE-REQUISITES FOR ATTENDING A COURSE?

There are no pre-requisites as such, other than an interest in the subject area and completion of an Online Application. Our courses are conducted in English and require at least a high intermediate understanding of the language for successful participation. You will also need reliable internet access that is powerful enough to allow you to download readings and watch videos.

I WOULD LIKE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT SOME OF THE SHORTER WORKSHOPS MENTIONED ON YOUR WEBSITE.

We have some workshops that are scheduled regularly (such as Education 2.0 and Positive Leadership), but for the time-being, the shorter workshops are being offered by demand only. We are not offering them in the open-enrollment model at this point in time. That said, if your organization has at least 6 interested participants, contact us! We can arrange a special workshop onsite at your organization’s headquarters or at UPEACE, or we can create an open-enrollment course at UPEACE with your participants as the base.

WHERE IS UPEACE LOCATED?

UPEACE is located west of the country’s capital, just outside of Ciudad Colon, on a campus in El Rodeo. The university is situated on 300 hectares of protected land surrounded by nature and just a 30 minute drive from San José International Airport.

MY ENGLISH ISN’T HIGH INTERMEDIATE, DO YOU THINK THIS WILL BE A PROBLEM?

All classroom activities and readings are conducted in English, even when English is a second language for most of the participants. In order to successfully complete the coursework, you will need to be able to read articles and provide short, written work to show that you are learning the materials.

For questions and answers specific to online courses, please see below:

IS THERE A FIXED SCHEDULE FOR THE ONLINE COURSES? AND AT WHAT TIME ARE THE LECTURES? I LIVE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD AND WANT TO BE ABLE TO FULLY PARTICIPATE.

Given that the course will have participants from literally all over the world, the course will not have any required real-time meetings. Videos, readings, forum discussions and presentations will be “opened” each Monday for each of the weeks of the course. Most courses include live webinars that you are encouraged to participate in if possible, but they are not mandatory. So don’t worry about the schedule – you’ll be able to fit in all of the content when it works for you each week.

HOW HEAVY OR DEMANDING WILL THE ASSIGNMENTS, PROJECTS, WORKLOAD, ETC. BE? HOW MANY HOURS SHOULD I ANTICIPATE ALLOCATING EACH WEEK?

The course is not “hours intensive.” Participants say they typically invested between 4 and 9 hours of work per week. The biggest challenge that our participants have faced is not the amount of hours needed, but not getting behind. We encourage our participants to try to devote 30-45 min. /day on the course.

ARE THERE SCHOLARSHIPS THAT I CAN APPLY FOR? AND IF SO, HOW CAN I APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP?

We offer a limited number of partial scholarships based on a mix of need and merit-based criteria. No full scholarships are available. In order to apply for a partial scholarship, we ask you to submit a regular registration form, along with a note explaining that you would like to be considered for a partial scholarship. Including information on your background, experience and reasons for taking the course will help us make our decision.

HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL ENROLL THE COURSE? WILL I BE ABLE TO NETWORK WITH THE OTHER PARTICIPANTS? AND WILL THERE BE INTERACTION BETWEEN PARTICIPANTS?

The courses are designed to be practical and hands-on. It will incorporate case studies, forum discussions, work in small groups, and will encourage peer-to-peer learning and networking. In the previous courses we’ve run, the average group had 10-15 participants joining from approximately 12 countries worldwide, adding great value because of the diverse backgrounds and experiences. The small class size allows you both to get to know your fellow classmates, and to have invaluable direct access to the course facilitators to clarify doubts and get feedback on your project.

WHAT ARE THE AIMS OF THE COURSE IN REALISTIC TERMS OF BECOMING EITHER SELF-EMPLOYED OR WORKING FOR AN NGO?

The idea of the Diploma is to arm you with the tools you need to launch a social enterprise, organization or a social project. The capstone course, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Social Change, guides you through the process of drafting a Social Enterprise Business Plan and provides you with concrete feedback on your project. Depending on how advanced your idea is and how much time you allocate to work on it during the course, the program will enable you to start your own organization. However, enrolling in this course does not (and cannot) guarantee that you would be able to start and manage the organization you thought of. It will however for sure give you a much better sense of the best way to bring it life (or improve it if you already have it) in addition to exploring best processes and practices for your particular venture.

¿ES POSIBLE HACER EL CURSO EN ESPAÑOL?

En ese caso, el curso actualmente solo lo tenemos disponible en inglés. Cada semana se pone a disposición de los participantes, videos, presentaciones y lecturas, asi como también algunos requisitos tales como preguntas y demás que deberán completar antes de la siguiente semana. Estas respuestas, como estarán abiertas a los demás participantes, deben ser en inglés.

Sin embargo, como no hay clases en tiempo real, el nivel de inglés debe ser necesario para comprender bien y escribir, pero hay suficiente tiempo entre una semana y otra para completar todos los requisitos.

También, vale mencionar que ofrecemos unos talleres en el campus de la Universidad para la Paz en espanol, tal como ‘Liderazgo Positivo.’