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Admission to SPI

This year the Summer Peacebuilding Institute has adapted to the meet the needs of our time and will be offering online learning opportunities only.

As the world navigates a global pandemic and economic upheaval, SPI Online 2020 will provide a space to learn from one another, to connect and encourage one another, and time to collectively envision the work now and in the coming months as we respond to this time of crisis and loss, disruption and opportunity. May we move through this time with grace, humility and a renewed commitment to embodying systems and relationships that are rooted in justice and an active peace for all.

Submitting an Application

The SPI Online 2020 Application process is now closed. We hope you'll consider joining us next year!

Participants are admitted on a rolling basis and may be admitted up to one week before the beginning of SPI, as space permits.

Criteria for Admission

  • Fluency in spoken and written English
  • A secondary school diploma and at least two years of university or equivalent work experience
  • Clearly conceived goals and objectives for applying the learnings of SPI to a specific setting or program and a commitment to join efforts with others working for peace and justice

How It Works

If you have attended SPI in the past, you will notice courses are no longer in weeklong intensive “sessions” where you take only one course at a time. SPI Online 2020 courses will meet in real time, live (synchronous) sessions in short blocks of time once or twice weekly from May 11 to June 12. We have tried to keep as many courses as possible from overlapping, and you may simultaneously enroll in more than one course for the five-week term as long as the synchronous sessions do not overlap.

To participate in SPI Online 2020, you will need (at a minimum):

·       A computer or mobile device with a camera, microphone, and speakers

·       A headset with microphone is useful (but not required) for this purpose and to cut down on background noise

·       A strong enough internet connection to connect to Zoom (click here for Zoom technical specifications)

·       The ability to access and download documents from and upload documents to the online learning platform at EMU (Moodle)

·       The ability to stream videos posted by faculty members and classmates.

There will be a technology check and some preparation activities to be done the week of May 5. We want to make sure everyone is able to participate and feels comfortable with online learning prior to when courses begin. If you are unsure that you have the minimum technology requirements needed to participate in zoom conferences, please check with us before registering.


  • Courses will run as a 5-week term from May 11 - June 12, 2020
  • Participants will need to be available for all synchronous (live teaching) sessions


  • Professional Development: $495 per course
  • Academic Credit: $1,968 per course ($656 per credit hour* at three credit hours. Some courses can be taken for one or two credits.  Inquire when applying if you want to take less than three credit hours.)

Learning Methods

Synchronous Learning: Participants engage in learning simultaneously, often through a live stream web conferencing tool. This could take place as live lectures, interactive group discussions, etc.

Asynchronous Learning: Participants engage in learning via resources (videos, books, articles, etc) on their own time. 

*Please note that this price only applies to SPI Online 2020

Application: My Forms Account

The online application form requires you to create a My Forms account. This allows you to save the application form and finish it later if you are unable to complete it in one sitting.

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