Switzerland: International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy

"I learned so many new skills while being abroad in Switzerland including a lot of French, great research skills, how to conduct interviews with professionals in the field, and how to conduct an independent research project."

-- Monique Sandhu, St. Edward’s University

Study the major challenges facing the contemporary international system, including new security threats and conflict resolution and prevention, in the international hub of Geneva.

International affairs are increasingly complex. In order to comprehend this complexity, it is necessary to examine the growing number of non-state actors, the transformation of sovereignty, rapid technological changes, transformation of armed conflicts, geo-economic rivalries, identity conflicts, resource scarcity, and tensions related to contradictory trends of globalization.

Based in Geneva, this program provides a thorough background in international studies. Students examine the political, economic, security, strategic, and environmental dimensions of the rapidly evolving international system in the context of globalization. The program focuses on the strategies of international, supranational, and nongovernmental organizations in addressing current challenges to peace, stability, and sustainable development.

Key topics of study include:

  • Multilateral diplomacy
  • The UN system
  • Human rights and migration 
  • International security
  • Geopolitics
  • Politics of the European Union
  • Nongovernmental organizations
  • Development and social justice
  • Environmental issues

Throughout the program, students attend lectures and conduct interactive research at international organizations, research centers, and NGOs. In the latter half of the program, students complete an independent project with a field-based component.

Students live for five and a half weeks with a Swiss or international family outside of Geneva in a small city, town, or village.

Costs Dates

Credits: 9

Duration: 6 weeks

Program Base: Geneva

Language Study: French

Prerequisites: None required, but students with at least basic French proficiency will be at a linguistic advantage. Read more...


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