University Programs


We make study abroad easy!

Customized programs designed for your university or institution

At the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education, we collaborate with high schools, community colleges, undergraduate programs, masters and even doctorate level programs to create easy, customized short-term, faculty-led study abroad opportunities.

Programs range from just a few days to 3 or 4 weeks in Costa Rica. Every course is created hand-in-hand with the faculty lead from our partner university to combine content on the beautiful University for Peace campus and targeted field visits that exemplify the concepts covered in the course. We cover a wide range of subjects including education, peace studies, social enterprise, human rights, sustainability, and more. The UPEACE network stretches across the whole country, allowing us to find innovative and interesting examples of organizations and individuals that are forerunners in these areas. Field visits combine industry-specific knowledge with strong examples of social justice and Costa Rican culture, resulting in a unique and extremely powerful learning experience.

To make the process easy, the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education also handles all logistics, from airport transfer and transportation, to hotels, language interpretation, and meals. Consider us your cultural liaisons to Costa Rica!

In the past we have also worked with organizations and businesses that don’t fit the university model, ranging from ‘Banco do Brasil’ and the United Nations Mission in Haiti, to helping Harvard Business School’s Social Enterprise Club organize a 2-hr. session on ‘Innovating in a fast-changing world.’

Connect with the Centre at to learn more about our potential collaboration with your organization!

The Centre has partnered with the following universities in the past few years:

  • University of San Diego
  • Georgia State University
  • Arcadia University
  • Lynn University
  • Adelphi University
  • San Jose State University
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Puerto Rico
  • Saint Leo University
  • Nashua Community College
  • University of Wisconsin-Stout
  • Chapman University
  • Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey





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The following courses are just a sample of the customized courses the Centre has conducted in the past:

  • Social Entrepreneurship in Latin America, Harvard Business School
  • Tools for Social Responsibility, Lynn University
  • Global Health through a Tico Lens, University of San Francisco
  • Education for Peace and Sustainability, University of San Diego
  • Cultural Perspectives in Counseling, San Jose State University
  • Global Perspectives on Children and the Law, Georgia State University, College of Law
  • Peace Communication, Chapman University
  • Nonprofit Leadership Seminar, Institute of Hazrat Mohammad (SAW), Bangladesh

To view a short presentation about the Centre’s offerings, click here.

How does it work?

  • Once we connect, we’ll arrange an initial Skype meeting to learn more about your educational program at your home institution, student body and demographics, intended learning objectives, proposed course length, budget, and more. This first call can take as little as 30 minutes, and just gives us the opportunity to get to know you a little better.
  • From there, we’ll draw up a preliminary itinerary and budget based on the results of our conversation. This will break each day into morning and afternoon segments, allowing you to better visualize the flow of the trip.
  • After making any necessary adjustments, this itinerary and budget will give you the basic information you need to propose the program to your home institution.
  • Approximately 2 months prior to the start of the program, students apply and pay a down payment through your home institution. You arrange flights and we can run an online orientation from UPEACE.
  • You arrive with the group, and we take it from there!

Contact us to discuss opportunities for collaborating with the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education at


But don’t take our word for it!  Click here to read testimonials from past university group participants, or watch a video of student perspectives during a UPEACE Centre facilitated course.

Never been to Costa Rica? Check out this video to see what the country has to offer!