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Based in Geneva, this program provides a thorough background in the contemporary evolution of multilateral diplomacy. Within the context of globalization, you will examine the political, economic, security, strategic, and environmental dimensions of the rapidly evolving international system. You will develop an understanding of the major challenges facing the contemporary international system, including new security threats, application of International Humanitarian Law, and conflict resolution and prevention.
I recently received the opportunity to intern for the UN Foundation in New York, an opportunity I don't think would have been possible were it not for my experience with SIT in Switzerland. This program was truly life changing and has set me on a career path I am passionate about and wish to pursue in the future. SIT is a great program!
Spencer Schloss, University of Virginia
The program analyzes the evolution of multilateral diplomacy in contemporary international relations.
Engage and network with international experts.
The international environment of Geneva offers you a unique opportunity to interact with leading experts and academics at a wide variety of international organizations and research centers. You will attend lectures and briefings at international agencies throughout the city.
You will also have the chance to develop your networking skills to complement your independent project in which you will conduct interviews with experts of the international community of Geneva. In conducting interactive research, you will gain practical experience for your academic and professional development and begin creating a solid professional network.
You will gain access to numerous institutional libraries, documentation centers, and think tanks, containing excellent research material and information.
The program features a three-credit seminar. Lecturers are drawn from academic and research institutes as well as UN and other international agencies. Lecturers will provide you with concrete illustrations of multilateral diplomacy in the areas of security and geopolitics, conflict management, international humanitarian law, complex emergencies, development, environment, migration, and human rights.
You will receive intensive instruction in French in small-group formats with an emphasis on speaking and comprehension skills.
In the latter half of the program, you will conduct an independent project on a subject related to international studies and multilateral diplomacy in order to examine in depth a topic of particular interest to you.
Past research projects have included:
None required, but students with at least basic French proficiency will be at a linguistic advantage.
The program’s thematic seminar examines the evolution and role of international organizations in contemporary international relations. It also provides an overview of the UN system in the context of multilateral diplomacy.
Students also embark on an independent project, directing their interests toward a specific research question. The program includes an intensive French language component.
Links to syllabi below are from current and forthcoming courses offered on this program. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term.
The syllabi can be useful for students, faculty, and study abroad offices in assessing credit transfer. Read more about credit transfer.
Dr. Csurgai was born in Hungary and holds Swiss citizenship. He obtained his doctorate from the University of Geneva and a degree in political science from the University of Concordia (Canada) and the University of Toulouse (France). He earned a postgraduate degree in European studies from the European Institute at the University of Geneva. Dr. Csurgai worked as scientific collaborator at the Geneva International Peace Research Institute (GIPRI) and has taught international relations, geopolitics, and geo-economics for undergraduate, master’s, and doctorate programs at different universities.
Dr. Csurgai has organized seven international symposiums and in each case directed the publications of its proceedings. He has participated in several international research projects and has provided expertise to a number of international organizations. He has been collaborating with the SIT Study Abroad program in Geneva since 1997. He became the program’s academic director in January 2002.
Aline Dunant has been working with the SIT Switzerland: International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy program since 2007. She is a Swiss citizen, from the Francophone part of Switzerland. She studied liberal arts at the University of Geneva and holds a master’s degree in French literature.
Prior to working for SIT Study Abroad, Aline worked for three years as a coordinator for the Geneva International Film Festival and taught French language and culture to international students for a few years.
As an academic coordinator, Aline assists the academic director in the coordination of the different components of the program, teaches in the Research Methods and Ethics course, and advises students in the development of their field research.
The homestay coordinator at SIT put great thought and effort into pairing up students with their homestay families. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect host family!
Megan Godfrey, University of Oregon
You will experience a five-and-a-half-week homestay with a family in the French-speaking canton of Vaud and will be immersed in Francophone culture. You will be able to enhance your French language skills and gain additional insight into the traditional values of the Swiss political system: federalism, tolerance, respect for minorities, neutrality, and direct democracy.
Most homestay families are located northeast of Geneva near Nyon. Students typically utilize the area’s excellent public transportation system, traveling regularly by train or bus. You will live with your host family for the length of the program.
You will also stay in a hostel during the orientation period.
Student applications to this program will be reviewed on a rolling basis between the opening date and the deadline.
Application Deadline: Apr 1, 2016
SIT Pell Grant Match Award. SIT Study Abroad provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding; this award can be applied to any SIT semester program. View all SIT Study Abroad scholarships.
The tuition fee covers the following program components:
The room and board fee covers the following program components:
International Airfare to Program Launch Site
International airline pricing can vary greatly due to the volatility of airline industry pricing, flight availability, and specific flexibility/restrictions on the type of ticket purchased. Students may choose to take advantage of frequent flyer or other airline awards available to them, which could significantly lower their travel costs.
International Phone: Each student must have a phone in each country. Cost varies according to personal preferences, phone plans, data plans, etc.
Personal expenses during the program vary based on individual spending habits and budgets. While all meals and accommodations are covered in the room and board fee, incidentals and personal transportation costs differ depending on the non-program-related interests and pursuits of each student. To learn more about personal budgeting, we recommend speaking with alumni who participated in a program in your region. See a full list of our alumni contacts. Please note that free time to pursue non-program-related activities is limited.
Please Note: Fees and additional expenses are based on all known circumstances at the time of calculation. Due to the unique nature of our programs and the economics of host countries, SIT reserves the right to change its fees or additional expenses without notice.