Trip to Columbia opened to Canisius students

Canisius students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Bogota, Columbia, this summer as part of a trip sponsored by Canisius’ journalism department.

Canisius students have the opportunity to explore Bogota, Columbia, on a trip over the summer. (Photo by Random Institute on Unsplash)

By Jackie Connelly, News Contributor

Canisius College students will have the opportunity this summer to immerse themselves in Bogota, Columbia by attending classes at the University of Colombia and having the opportunity to talk with the citizens.

A trip to Bogota, Colombia, will be offered this summer, June 14-24, for any Canisius students that may be interested in immersing themselves in a culture they may not be familiar with. 

Students who are interested in journalism, Spanish, International Relations, and English are especially encouraged to take part in this trip.

 This trip is being led by journalism professor Daniel Higgins, and political science professor Dr. Paola Fajarda Heyward, who is originally from Bogota, Columbia. 

The trip is a two-week excursion and offers a chance to study at the University of Columbia. The central purpose of the trip is to use journalism to investigate how the Columbian conflict, known simply as, “The Conflict” among Columbians, has affected their society and how survivors are attempting to make peace. 

Students will go out into the fields and conduct interviews with people about their feelings on the effects of the conflict. Students will also have a chance to see how the Venezuelan Refugee crisis has affected the people of Columbia through their interview. The students on this trip will partner with the Red Cross to help with the refugee crisis. 

A journalism course, JRN380, will be offered in the fall for those who went on the trip to offer them a chance to journal their experiences. 

Interested students should visit the Student Life website to apply. Applications are due by Feb. 10. For further information, email Dan Higgins at

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