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 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 platforms of the World Trade Organization.
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.
The location and history of Geneva, hosting a great number of international and nongovernmental organizations, have determined its truly international nature. The international community of Geneva provides a unique opportunity to study with experts of academic and international organizations. Their knowledge and field experience provide concrete illustrations of multilateral diplomacy in the areas of conflict resolution, integration, development, environment, complex emergencies, and security issues. Numerous institutional libraries, documentation centers, and think tanks offer excellent research material and information. This exceptional learning environment leads to original research and independent study opportunities.
Network with International Experts
Experts of academic and international organizations challenge students' thinking through critical discourse. Students have numerous opportunities to interact with participants at international conferences and meetings of the United Nations and international organizations in Geneva. Diplomats and experts advise students' participation in the discussion, reporting, and publishing of documents.
Further Career and Personal Goals
Interactive research studies provide students with practical experience for academic and professional development. Students develop confidence in one's ability to complete an Independent Study Project, including interviewing and individual and group research methods. The ISP also allows students to create a solid professional network and form a concrete base for future academic and professional career choices. Career choice becomes a concrete reality.
Brandeis Specific Information
Students wanting to apply to this program must submit two applications:
to the Brandeis Office of Study Abroad. Visit the Brandeis Study Abroad Website in order to obtain more information about internal application process, advising hours, academic credit, and financial aid transfer.
to the external program listed above. Visit the Brandeis Study Abroad Website for more information on commonaly asked questions about the external application process like deadlines, program approval forms, paying deposits, etc...
Students interested in learning more about (other) study abroad scholarship opportunities should visit the scholarship section of the Brandeis study abroad website.
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