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Urban Transformation in Colombia- Summer 2019

This two-week course is aimed at students and professionals within the field of Architecture, Design, Urban and Environmental Planning, Geography and other related disciplines. It will guide participants through an exploration of urban transformation in Medellin from an international, inter- disciplinary and inter-cultural perspective.


UPB has a long history of academic and creative contribution to Medellin’s social urbanism model. Students will have a unique opportunity to explore the city’s evolution first-hand and to see the most prominent social urbanism projects there. They will learn how innovative urban developments have transformed the lives of many citizens in a city that was once known as one of the world’s most dangerous places.

Taught in English, the academic program will offer a combination of on-campus lectures at Universidad Pontifica Bolivariana (UPB) and practical site visits to prominent cultural, governmental and educational organizations. Students will find out about how these organizations help the city to overcome some of the problems caused by Colombia’s recent conflict, and will evaluate how this might contribute towards the foundations of a post-conflict environment.


The program will run from Monday 17 June to Friday 28 June 2019. It is arranged as a package that includes supervised bed and breakfast accommodation close to the UPB campus, an airport transfer on arrival in Medellin, academic excursions and two social activities per week.


Scholarship information


Red Tree Study is offering one full scholarship to the value of $2,550 USD for participation in the 2019 Urban Transformation in Colombia program. We are looking for applicants who are enthusiastic, hardworking, and interested in learning about Medellin’s transformation case study, social urbanism and urban innovation projects.


· In addition, Red Tree Study will provide one 50% scholarship to the value of $1,275 USD.

· Applications are open to students enrolled on a full-time academic degree course (at undergraduate or graduate level) for this academic year (2018/19).

· To be considered, the student must submit the completed scholarship application form and the accompanying academic reference by 22 February 2019 in order to apply for the funding.

· The final selection will be made by the academic team at UPB.

Red Tree Study will announce the scholarship recipient(s) in the second week of March 2019. Applicants will be notified of the outcome via email.


The scholarship winner will be joining students from prestigious universities in the USA, the UK and Canada who study with us different programs in Colombia each summer. We have hosted candidates from Rice, Syracuse, NYU, USC, UCL, Cornell, Vanderbilt, Emory, Columbia and many more.


I have attached the course application form, as well as information about the scholarship funding. To submit an application, or for further information about the course, students should email