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SIT Study Abroad: Switzerland - International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy
- Location(s): Geneva, Switzerland
- Program Type(s): Study Abroad
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Examine the evolving nature of multilateral diplomacy in contemporary international relations and discuss intergovernmental, supranational, and regional organizations' strategies for and responses to current security challenges in the internationa... read more
This program was very different from a regular university experience. We were encouraged to treat the city of Geneva and other cities in Europe as our classrooms. The independent research component helped us utilize resources, both private and public, which further gave us a glimpse at post graduate or other research opportuniti... Abhisri N - Oberlin College View Entire Review
Yes, it was definitely worthwhile! I gained maturity, knowledge, and great friendships all while studying a topic that I am passionate about. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
It was definitely worthwhile. particularly the home stay. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
It was worthwhile. I gained confidence and communication skills, as well as a sense of adventure. A student - Trinity University View Entire Review
Going to the international organizations and speaking with experts in the field of international law was my favorite part. I feel like I learned so much about how Europeans view the US, which was extremely important to me. A student - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Research experience, which was worthwhile and very beneficial. jihane.bergaoui - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
participating in the program has helped me determine what I want to do after I graduate and has provided me with a international network in the world of international relations A student - Barnard College View Entire Review
It was worthwhile because I want to work here in the future, I fell in love with Geneva and I hope I can work for the ICRC or UNHCR one day. I met some amazing people and made lifelong friendships; I have a Swiss family that I plan on visiting sometime again next year; I learned about my capabilities through the experiences I ha... Umme L - Austin College View Entire Review
Yes it was. I made some great life long friends! Tiamo K - DePauw University View Entire Review
The research that I was able to do made up for any other shortcomings in the program. This study abraod program can be great if you put the time into it. Emma N - Austin College View Entire Review
It was absolutely worthwhile! I think study abroad always has challenging aspects, but I had a lot of fun and learned a lot and was thrilled to be in the middle of the international action! Maryn J - Pacific Lutheran University View Entire Review
This program was an amazing look into the world of international affairs. I certainly think the academic portion could be conducted in a better way, but these concerns do not overcome the positive aspects of my experience. I met amazing people, both students and professionals, and the research component is very unique among st... Andrew W - University of Arkansas - Fayetteville View Entire Review
I expanded my network and learned a ton about human rights and humanitarian work. A student - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor View Entire Review
I got to learn about a different culture and practice a new language. A student - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
I learned a lot about IR and French. It was definitely worth while. A student - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself, and what it was like to live in a European state that tries to keep itself aloof and separated from the rest of the continent. John S - Austin College View Entire Review
It was absolutely worthwhile. I was able to get contacts for future employment at international organizations. elise.voorhis - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
I learned how to adapt to different cultures and learned a tremendous amount in my field of study. It was extremely worthwhile. Jessica M - Barnard College View Entire Review
More than anything, the experience has given me an idea for my senior thesis. I don't think I would have been able to decide on a thesis topic this early with a semester abroad at PC. Ruth D - Providence College View Entire Review
I really can't elaborate on this in a coherrent way. It was an incredible experience tha all college aged individuals should do matt H - Providence College View Entire Review
I gained many leadership skills by participating in the program. I look at the world in a different perspective then when i did before leaving. There many problems in developing countries world wide, that many Americans are oblivion to. By participating in a non-American culture, it opens up your eyes to the cultures all around ... Sammy Y - Austin College View Entire Review
I had an amazing experience with study abroad, the highlight of which was my homestay family. In retrospect, I would not have chosen a program where I studied and traveled with a bunch of American students (this ultimately felt limiting) and instead would have opted for a program at a Swiss university. This was not true for ever... Ann S - Western Washington University View Entire Review
I learned how to interactive research, travel independently, force myself to speak a foreign language, adapt to a new culture, travel on a very small budget, meet strangers, establish contacts, etc. Mayela C - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
yes it was. I learned alot, but to me personally, I would have wanted morem of a culture shock. The Swiss culture wasn't much different from American Culture. In that respect I would have wanted a different location, but apart from that, I had a good time. Preetha S - Austin College View Entire Review
Examine the evolving nature of multilateral diplomacy in contemporary international relations and discuss intergovernmental, supranational, and regional organizations' strategies for and responses to current security challenges in the international system.
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 through classroom seminars and through lectures and briefings at international organizations, including United Nations agencies, the Red Cross, and EU institutions, among others.
Major topics of study include:
- Roles of intergovernmental, regional, and nongovernmental organizations in building peace and helping to prevent and manage conflict
- Links between international stability and sound economic and sustainable development
- The evolving role of diplomacy in contemporary international relations
- Regional and global security challenges, including geopolitics and security
- The UN system and European Union politics
- Economic diplomacy
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- International Relations
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SIT Study Abroad Scholarships
SIT Study Abroad awards need-based scholarships and grants. We do not offer merit-based awards at this time. Average awards range between $500 and $5,000 for our semester programs, and between $500 and $3,000 for our summer programs. Our scholarships and grants are available to all students accepted into an SIT Study Abroad program irrespective of citizenship, national origin, or home school. We do not require a separate scholarship application for each scholarship fund; eligible students will be evaluated for all funds for which they are eligible. Please note: SIT Study Abroad scholarships and grants are only applicable to tuition and room/board fees billed by SIT Study Abroad. We do not award scholarships or grants to cover any other expenses, including, but not limited to, immunizations, visa fees, books, or study abroad fees charged by your home school. If your home school has an established billing agreement with us, it is your responsibility to communicate with your home school as to how your SIT scholarship or grant will be passed on to you by your home school. For a list of available scholarships and grants, click here.
$500 - $5000