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University for Peace

University for Peace

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Uni facts

  • San José, Costa Rica
  • University type: Public
  • Rank: 3870
  • Program types Master's degrees
  • Programs total 8
  • Acceptance rates -
  • Nationalities -
  • International Students 160

Study abroad at University for Peace

The University for Peace (UPEACE) was created by a UN initiative and is the world's leading educational institution in the field of peace and conflict resolution. The University pursues academic excellence through the critical study and analysis of global and humanitarian issues.

The campus in Costa Rica’s San José is set in 200 hectares of a natural reserve. Programs are offered in many areas across peace, the environment, international law, gender, and education. UPEACE students and faculty are from all over the world with diverse backgrounds and interests, making the environment at the University accepting and enlightening.

The University for Peace does not have on-campus housing options, however the Students’ Service Office can help you with searching for accommodation.

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Why study at UPEACE?

  • Green commitments

    the University has set in place a number of initiatives to address the sustainability of the campus

  • Unique history

    the only university in the world created through a UN General Assembly Resolution

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Life as an international student

UPEACE student services are available to international students and include careers advice and guidance, giving you access to plan for your next career steps. The University campus also includes medical services to students, and you are able to access counseling services free of charge.

The University put on events and opportunities for students throughout the year. Getting involved with campus events is a great way to meet others with similar interests.

Student life & facilities

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  • Transport
    • Campus Bus Service
  • Food & Restaurants
    • Restaurants 1
    • Cafe’s 1
  • Healthcare & Medical
    • Counselling & Mental Health Services
    • Campus Doctor

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Fees and funding

UPEACE is a not-for-profit institution and has limited funds for financial assistance. Therefore they strive for balance, diverse class composition, and merit in distributing financial assistance among admitted students.

The prospective applicant has to be admitted to UPEACE in order to receive any possibility of financial assistance from the University.

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Postgraduate Tuition - $19,500 per program (1 year programs)

No scholarships for international students.

30% or 50% Tuition Waiver (Merit Based) - Available to master's applicants. These waivers are offered in limited number and will be awarded by merit, not financial condition.

Signatory Countries: Argentina, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, India, Italy, Liberia, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, Suriname, Togo, Turkey, Uruguay, Venezuela.


University for Peace

Ciudad Colon, San Jose

The Rodrigo Carazo Campus consists of 300 hectares located within a secondary forest reserve, home to mammals such as monkeys and deer, over 300 species of birds, and more than 100 species of trees.

  • To Escazu

    20 minutes

  • To San Jose

    30 km

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Visa requirements for University for Peace

Many international students will require a visa to study in Costa Rica, and this is a vital step of your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements you may need to meet before applying.