Seminar & Field Program

Seminar & Field Program 2019: Manizales, Colombia

Program Overview

The CLAS Seminar and Field Program celebrates its 46th year in 2019 of providing more than 500 students a unique educational and cross-cultural immersion experience since its founding in 1972. This year after four decades we are returning to Colombia. This year’s program will be going to Manizales, which along with Armenia and Pereira form the “Eje Cafetero” (Coffee Axies) of Colombia. Located in the western part of Colombia, Manizales is known for its events, steep streets, friendliness, and breathtaking views of the nearby Nevado del Ruiz Volcano.  Selected students will be examining the important historical and cultural elements of modern day society that distinguishes this region of Colombia. The central square of Manizales featuring a statue of the man-condor in honor of the revolutionary leader Simón Bolivares, is one of many points of interest in the city.

This is an intensive, two-part program that incorporates a cross-cultural homestay with individualized field study.  The program is open to undergraduates of any major at the University of Pittsburgh and welcomes applicants from any field with sufficient Spanish language proficiency and an interest in Latin American culture. The 10 to 15 students selected for this program will enroll in a preparatory seminar on campus during the spring of 2019, then travel to "country to be determined" where they will study, live with a host family and carry out an independent field project.  

The Destination—Manizales, Colombia

Manizales, Colombia is a city located in the western part of the country. It is known for its events, steep streets, friendliness, and breathtaking views of the nearby Nevado del Ruiz Volcano.


Spring Term Seminar, ARTSC1501 (3 credits)
This interdisciplinary seminar is designed to prepare students for their in-country residence experience. Students will examine the history, culture, politics and geography of Manizales and Colombia and their place within Latin American. Issues dealing with cross-cultural communication and the challenges and rewards of the international living experience will be examined. Students will also be guided through the design of individual field projects that they will carry out during their residence experience in May and June.

Summer Session Field Program, ARTSC 1502 (6 credits)
While living with a host family, students will carry out their individual field investigations, collecting data and information for evaluation.  The project director will be present throughout the program to provide guidance and direction.  Final written project reports will be completed upon return to the US and submitted at a deadline set by the director of the program.

Faculty and Staff



The Center for Latin American Studies underwrites a large part of this program—roundtrip airfare, room and board with the host family, and traveler’s insurance are covered by the Center. Students are responsible for the cost of six credits of summer tuition, visa fees and all other incidentals.

Summer 2019 Pricing & Dates:

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$4,530 $4,730
Depart USA Return to USA
May 10, 2019 June 21, 2019

Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.

Requirements for consideration

  • Candidates are required to be full time, degree seeking undergraduates (from any discipline) maintaining a minimum of a 2.75 grade point average. Freshmen, sophomores, juniors or seniors who possess the necessary skills and disposition are welcome apply.
  • By the time the field component begins, applicants must possess sufficient Spanish language proficiency to communicate effectively with their host families, travel independently and carry out their individual projects.
  • Most importantly, interested applicants must demonstrate a willingness to be flexible, assimilate to a new culture, and welcome cross-cultural interaction. Selected candidates must be initiative taking, self-directed and comfortable functioning with little supervision.

Deadline: October 22, 2018

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