Comparative Study Tour: Educational Reform and Inclusion in Colombia and Peru

Train in Peru

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About the Program

This comparative study tour will provide students with opportunities to explore educational practice and inclusive policy reforms in Colombia and Peru. Designed for educators, researchers, and professionals, this study tour will allow participants to translate their local knowledge to an international setting through a comparative framework that focuses on community engagement and inclusive education. Participants will have the opportunity to observe and study the leadership, educational structures, and delivery methods of education from preschool through higher education.


Colombia: The education system in Colombia has grown since the 1960s. Between 1966 and 1986, government funding for education increased five-fold. As a result, primary school enrollment more than doubled, secondary school enrollment grew six-fold, and university enrollments increased. Despite this progress, equal access to education and educational quality differed across regions and social classes. New initiatives were introduced to address these disparities. Recent data show an increase in educational access and attainment, especially among low-income populations, indicating that students from all economic backgrounds are benefitting from increased educational opportunities.

Peru: After periods of economic turmoil and political insurrection through the 1980s and 1990s, Peru has recovered economically and has become a major tourist destination. Nevertheless, Peru still faces challenges in offering equal educational opportunities to all of its citizens. In 1996, the government of Peru passed education reforms that extended free and compulsory education to all students between the ages of 5 and 16 years. However, about one quarter of the eligible students do not enroll in upper secondary education. This is especially true in remote parts of the Andean highlands and across the sparsely populated Amazon rainforest.

An academic program is combined with a carefully designed 9-day study abroad experience in Colombia and Peru. During the trip, students will


The goal of this study tour is to engage students in a local-global framework of inclusion through a study tour of inclusive social and education reforms in Colombia and Peru.


Develop intercultural knowledge and competence. Explore historical legacies and traditions of tolerance as precursors to inclusion. Expand local educational theory and knowledge to complex issues in global contexts (e.g., inclusion, education, policy analysis).

Learning Outcomes

Courses and Credit

EDC G 697 or GISD 697: Educational Reforms and Inclusion in Colombia and Peru (3-credit special topics course)

It is also possible to register for an independent study to obtain course credit by prior arrangement with the faculty.

Non-credit professional development option is available.

Schedule & Fees

March 9-18, 2019 (Spring Break)

EDC G 697 or GISD 697: 3-credits: $1,000*

*With permission of the instructors, participants not seeking course credit can be registered on a non-credit basis: Tuition fee: $500

Note: Course tuition will be paid directly to UMass Boston.

All participants must attend a pre-travel orientation.

Study Tour Travel Logistics                            

**Participants should be aware that Bogota, Cusco, and Machu Picchu are at high elevations. Also, the week is fully scheduled with group activities. The study tour involves moderate physical activity, including the ability to walk a mile at a time, to climb a modest number of stairs, and to be "on one's feet" for at least an hour. Participation in all planned professional and cultural activities is required. We hope that the Comparative Study Tour: Educational Reforms and Inclusion in Colombia and Peru will be an important academic and personal experience for you.


Felicia L. Wilczenski, EdD
Professor and Interim Dean
College of Education and Human Development School for Global Inclusion and Social Development

Gerardo Blanco-Ramirez, EdD
Assistant Professor
Higher Education Administration College of Education and Human Development

To Apply & For More Information

Study tours fill quickly and enrollment is limited. Early application recommended; deposits required.

To obtain an application, contact Professor Felicia L. Wilczenski, EdD

Also, please direct all questions, requests for information and correspondence regarding the study tour to Professor Felicia L. Wilczenski.


Please be advised that international programs are subject to change, slight or major, at any time due to circumstances beyond our control; this includes any and all fees, dates, itinerary, and program activities. We will do our best to inform all applicants of any changes in as timely a manner as possible.