Switzerland: International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy

"I feel confident and prepared to interact with experts in the field because of the experience I had in Geneva with SIT. I am so thankful that SIT pushed me outside of my comfort zone, because I learned new skills that I will use for the rest of my life."

-- Michelle Pillepich, College of William and Mary

Examine intergovernmental, supranational, and regional organizations’ strategies for and responses to current challenges in the international system.

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While Geneva retains much of its French heritage and Swiss culture, its population is truly international, with a unique micro-culture of social and political organizations.

From its base in Geneva, this program provides a thorough background in international studies, using an experiential, case study approach. The program addresses the most contemporary international issues, with classroom seminars supplemented by lectures and briefings at international and nongovernmental organizations, including United Nations agencies, the Red Cross, and the World Trade Organization.

Interactive research studies and field excursions in France and Belgium deepen students' understanding of the challenges faced by organizations that foster multilateral diplomacy, peace building, human rights, environmental accountability, international trade, and global cooperation.

Christopher Longman Congratulations to SIT Switzerland alum Christopher Longman!

Christopher’s essay on private military contractors and humanitarian missions — written during his semester with SIT — was a cover story in the student academic journal The Globe at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

Read Chistopher’s essay here: “For Better or For Worse: The Marriage of Private Military Contractors to United Nations Humanitarian Support Missions”

SIT Switzerland academic director Dr. Gyula Csurgai presents paper on theory and practice of autonomies in Europe at the United Nations.

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Credits: 16

Duration: 15 weeks

Program Base: Geneva

Language Study: French

Prerequisites: Coursework in international studies, political science, or prelaw Read more...

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