University for Peace (United Nations mandated University)

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Ciudad Colón, San Jose, Costa Rica
Ciudad Colón
Costa Rica

About Us


The United Nations mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) was created in December 1980. It is a unique international institution with more than 60 nationalities represented among faculty, staff, and student body. Located in the hills of Ciudad Colon, our beautiful and multicultural campus overlooks Costa Rica’s Central Valley.

UPEACE upholds commitment to human rights in the design and delivery of all our academic activities. The incredible diversity of our campus allows participants and faculty to collaborate and collectively build a unique learning experience in a multicultural and intimate environment respectful of gender equality.

UPEACE offers Master’s Degree Programmes in Peace and Conflict Studies for students from all parts of the world.  Students receive a high quality education in a unique atmosphere with a focus on multicultural perspectives, theory, and practical applications.