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  • Locations: Brussels, Belgium; Geneva, Switzerland; Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
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  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2021 01-APR-2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Class Status: 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Click here for a definition of this term Language Requirement: none Click here for a definition of this term Open to Non-UVa Students: No
Housing: Homestay, Hotel, With program group Language Courses Offered: Yes
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Credit Type: Transfer Credit
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Field Study/ Experiential, Island Click here for a definition of this term Tuition Payments Made To: Program Provider
Click here for a definition of this term Education Abroad Advisor: Leah Hicks Click here for a definition of this term Application Fee: Yes
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Administrative Fee: Yes Click here for a definition of this term Subject Area: Anthropology, Communications, Cultural Studies, Education, European Studies, Foreign Affairs, French, Geography, Global Studies, Independent Study, Law, Linguistics, Political Science, Public Policy and Administration, Sociology
Program Description:

SIT Study Abroad Switzerland: International Studies & Multilateral Diplomacy

NOTE: SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, SIT may have to modify programs. Visit the SIT website for more details.

Examine the evolving role of multilateral diplomacy in international relations and responses to security challenges from the center of Geneva.

WHY STUDY INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS IN SWITZERLAND?

A global hub for diplomacy, Geneva is home to more than a dozen major international organizations such as the Red Cross, World Health Organization, United Nations agencies, and the World Trade Organization. While delving into high-level multilateral diplomacy, you’ll enjoy the gastronomic and cultural riches of this city and bohemian districts like Carouge, a Mediterranean-style hamlet modeled after Nice. You’ll also visit key intergovernmental organizations in Paris, like the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and you’ll go to the European Union headquarters in Brussels to get acquainted with issues involving the EU.
 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Network with experts at international organizations and research centers.
  • Travel to Paris and Brussels for a week and delve into hot-button EU issues.
  • Discuss with experts the major geopolitical challenges affecting international relations.
  • Rapidly improve your French language skills through intensive instruction. 
 

PREREQUISITES

Previous college-level coursework and/or other significant preparation in international studies or a related academic discipline, such as political science or prelaw, as assessed by SIT.

Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

KEY TOPICS OF STUDY

  • Links between international stability and sustainable development
  • The UN systems and European Union politics
  • The evolving role of diplomacy in contemporary international relations
  • Regional and global security challenges, including geopolitics and security

 

MONEY MATTERS

Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  

SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following: 
  • All educational costs, including educational excursions 
  • All accommodations and meals for the full program duration 
  • Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions 
  • Health and accident insurance 
 
SCHOLARSHIPS
  • SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000 for semester programs.  
  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.
 

CONTACT SIT STUDY ABROAD

 
 


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SIT SwissInterntlInternational Studies, Multilateral Diplomacy, and Social Justice

Current Program Information

With its long history of neutrality, independence, and protection of the disenfranchised, Geneva is the world's capital for international organizations dedicated to conflict transformation, social justice, and sustainable development. While the city retains much of its French heritage and Swiss culture, Geneva's population is truly international, with a unique microculture of social and political organizations.

From its base in Nyon, this program provides a thorough background in international studies, using an experiential, case study approach. The program takes a different topical focus each semester, with classroom seminars supplemented by lectures and briefings at international and nongovernmental organizations, including the United Nations, the Red Cross, the International Labor Organization, and the World Trade Organization. Interactive research studies and field excursions in Switzerland and France deepen your understanding of the challenges faced by organizations that foster human rights, peacebuilding, multilateral diplomacy, environmental accountability, and sustainable development.

Interactive research studies and field excursions in Switzerland, 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.

Prerequisites
Previous college-level coursework and/or other significant preparation in international studies or a related academic discipline, such as political science or prelaw coursework, as assessed by SIT.