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

*Graduate credit available.
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  • Gain a thorough background in the evolution of multilateral diplomacy in contemporary international relations. 

    Examine key topics including the evolution of contemporary multilateral diplomacy, international security, humanitarian diplomacy, geopolitics, and economic and environmental diplomacy. Consider the political, economic, security, strategic, and environmental dimensions of the rapidly evolving international system and the approaches of humanitarian, economic, and environmental diplomacy and the growing role of non-state actors.

  • Build networking skills and global contacts with international experts in the fields of diplomacy and international studies.

    Geneva’s international environment gives you a chance to meet experts and academics at international organizations. You will attend lectures at international agencies throughout the city, gain practical experience for academic and professional development, and begin a solid professional network.

  • Learn the practicalities of multilateral diplomacy from experts at diverse academic and research institutes, the UN, and other international agencies.

    Lecturers provide concrete illustrations of multilateral diplomacy in security and geopolitics, conflict management, international humanitarian law, complex emergencies, development, environment, migration, and human rights.

  • Conduct an independent project in which you will examine in depth a topic of interest to you related to the program theme.

    Interview experts in the international community of Geneva and develop your networking skills to complement your independent project. In conducting interactive research, you will gain practical experience for your academic and professional development.

  • Live with a homestay family in the French-speaking canton of Vaud, immersing yourself in Francophone culture.

     

    You will receive intensive instruction in French in small-group formats with an emphasis on speaking and comprehension skills. You will have opportunities to practice your French with your homestay family.

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    Enjoy access to institutional libraries, documentation centers, and think tanks containing excellent research material and information.

Critical Global Issue of Study

Peace | Human Rights | Social Movements

Peace | Human Rights | Social Movements

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Prerequisites

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

Key Topics of Study

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Key Topics of Study

  • Multilateral diplomacy
  • International security
  • Geopolitics
  • International humanitarian law
  • Economic diplomacy
  • Environment diplomacy
  • International migration management

Coursework

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Coursework

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The following syllabi are representative of 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.

French I – syllabus
(FREN1003 / 3 credits / 45 hours)
French II – syllabus
(FREN2003 / 3 credits / 45 hours)
French III – syllabus
(FREN2503 / 3 credits / 45 hours)
French IV – syllabus
(FREN3003 / 3 credits / 45 hours)
This course has an emphasis on speaking and comprehension skills through classroom and field instruction. Students are placed in intensive beginning, intermediate, or advanced classes based on in-country evaluation, including oral proficiency testing.

Choose to take either International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy Seminar and International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy Project OR International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy Seminar Graduate Level and International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy Project Graduate Level

International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy Seminar – syllabus
(EURO3000 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
The thematic seminar provides a thorough background in international studies. The political, economic, security, strategic, and environmental dimensions of the rapidly evolving international system in the context of globalization will be addressed. Moreover, the seminar examines the strategies of international, supranational, and nongovernmental organizations to current challenges to peace, stability, and sustainable development.

AND

International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy Project – syllabus
(EURO3060 / 3 credits / 45 hours)
Students choose to focus on a specific research question. Individual projects are subject to approval by the academic director and may also be dependent on the nature of the topic and feasibility of the project.

OR

International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy Seminar Graduate Level – syllabus
(EURO5000 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
The thematic seminar provides a thorough background in international studies. The political, economic, security, strategic, and environmental dimensions of the rapidly evolving international system in the context of globalization will be addressed. Moreover, the seminar examines the strategies of international, supranational, and nongovernmental organizations to current challenges to peace, stability, and sustainable development.

AND

International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy Project Graduate Level – syllabus
(EURO5060 / 3 credits / 45 hours)
Students choose to focus on a specific research question. Individual projects are subject to approval by the academic director and may also be dependent on the nature of the topic and feasibility of the project.

Faculty and Staff

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Faculty and Staff

Gyula Csurgai, PhD, Academic Director

Gyula CsurgaiGyula obtained his doctorate from the University of Geneva and political science degrees 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. He worked as scientific collaborator at the Geneva International Peace Research Institute and has taught international relations, geopolitics, and geo-economics for undergraduate, master’s, and doctorate programs.

Gyula has organized international symposiums, participated in international research projects, and provided expertise to international organizations. He has been part of SIT in Geneva since 1997 and became academic director in 2002. He was born in Hungary and holds Swiss citizenship.

Read Gyula’s full CV.

Aline Dunant, MA, Academic Coordinator

Aline DunantAline has worked with SIT Switzerland since 2007 and is from Francophone Switzerland. She studied liberal arts at the University of Geneva and holds a master’s degree in French literature. Prior to SIT, Aline was coordinator of the Geneva International Film Festival for three years and taught French language and culture to international students. As academic coordinator, Aline assists the academic director and advises students in field research.

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Homestays

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Homestays

The homestay is an integral part of the SIT experience. During your homestay, you’ll become a member of a local family, sharing meals with them, joining them for special occasions, talking with them in their language, and experiencing the host country through their eyes. Homestay placements are arranged by a local coordinator who carefully screens and approves each family. Students frequently cite the homestay as the highlight of their program. Read more about SIT homestays.

homestayYou will experience a six-week homestay with a family in the French-speaking canton of Vaud, where you will be immersed in Francophone culture. You will be able to enhance your language skills and gain insight into the traditional values of the Swiss political system: federalism, tolerance, respect for minorities, neutrality, and direct democracy.

Most homestay families are northeast of Geneva near Nyon. Students typically use the area’s excellent public transportation system, traveling 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.

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Cost and Scholarships

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Cost and Scholarships

SIT Study Abroad is committed to making international education accessible to all students. Scholarship awards generally range from $500 to $5,000 for semester programs and $500 to $3,000 for summer programs. This year, SIT will award more than $1.5 million in scholarships and grants to SIT Study Abroad students. 

SIT Pell Grant Match Award. SIT Study Abroad provides matching grants to students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding for the term during which they are studying with SIT. This award can be applied to any SIT program. Qualified students must complete the scholarship portion of their application. View all SIT Study Abroad scholarships.

 

Tuition: $7,800

The tuition fee covers the following program components:

  • Lecture fees for the International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy seminar
  • Individual project
  • French course
  • Health insurance throughout the entire program period 

Room & Board: $2,475

The room and board fee covers the following program components:

  • All accommodations during the entire program period. This includes during orientation, time in the program base (Geneva), and during the evaluation period.
  • Homestay in the French-speaking canton of Vaud
  • All meals for the entire program period. Meals are covered by SIT Study Abroad directly, through a stipend, or through the homestay. 

Estimated Additional Costs:

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.

Immunizations: Varies

International Phone: Each student must bring a phone with them to their program.

Discretionary Expenses

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.

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Independent Research

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Independent Research

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:

  • The Evolution of US-Iranian Relations: Options for the Future
  • Regional Organizations in Africa and Their Impact on Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution: A Case Study of the Influence of ECOWAS in Liberia and SADC in Zimbabwe
  • ICRC’s Evolved Legal and Cultural Sensitivity with the Development of Intra-State Warfare
  • Lethal Autonomous Weapons: A New Front in Global Warfare
  • Contemporary Evolution of Counterterrorism Measures in Western Societies
  • Effects of Securitization of Migration on Refugee Women and Children
  • Cyber Warfare and IHL
  • Reshaping the Global Financial Architecture: The Geo-economics and Geopolitics of The New Development Bank (NDB)
  • The Theoretical Applications of Asylum Law within Gender Regimes: A Case Study of Femicide in Guatemala

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