This program examines the evolving role of multilateral diplomacy in international relations. The program addresses contemporary international issues through coursework, guest lectures and briefings at international and nongovernmental organizations. You will conduct a month long independent study project. You will live with a homestay family for most of the program.
This program examines the evolving role of multilateral diplomacy in international relations. Based in Geneva, the program utilizes an experiential, case study approach. The program addresses contemporary international issues through coursework, guest lectures and briefings at international organizations and NGOs. Past briefings have been at United Nations agencies, the Red Cross, and EU institutions. Past courses include:
- International Relations and Multilateral Diplomacy
- International Security, Peace and Stability
- Research Methods and Ethics
- French Language (at various levels)
You will study alongside other program participants. You will conduct a month long independent study project to complement your formal coursework. While French language background is not a required, it is beneficial. Current course descriptions and syllabi are available on the program website.
You will live with a Swiss or international family near Nyon, Switzerland for the majority of the program. Living in the French-speaking canton of Vaud enables you to experience Francophone culture. You can choose to participate in arts groups and sports to meet Swiss students.
As part of the program coursework, you will visit international organizations and NGOs. This will help you develop a network and have access to experts in the field. You will travel to Paris and Brussels to become acquainted with EU issues and structures.
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Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites.
To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:
- To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
- To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.
- This is a popular program and tends to fill prior to the application deadline. You are encouraged to start an application on the program’s website as soon as you can and complete it prior to the deadline.