Survey of International Organizations in SwitzerlandThis two-week study abroad survey of international organizations based in gorgeous Fribourg, Switzerland provides students with an overview of the goals, functions, and significance of such organizations in today's fast changing global environment. The course examines the achievements and failures of the world's most important organizations from an interdisciplinary perspective. Using frameworks provided by economics, political science, international relations, and international law, the course will address the following questions:
- What are functions of international organizations?
- How can international organizations diminish or solve collective action problems? Are they successful in doing so?
- What are the main obstacles faced by international organizations?
- Global Affairs (GLOA) 480: Study Abroad in Switzerland
- Conflict Analysis and Resolution (CONF) 385: International Field Experience
- Government (GOVT) 398: Study Abroad in Switzerland
- Economics (ECON) 492: Study Abroad in Switzerland
- History (HIST) 387: Topics in Global History
- Integrative Studies (INTS) 595: Special Topics
- Conflict Analysis and Resolution (CONF) 695: Selected Topics- Survey of Intl Orgs
EligibilityThis program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University. Students should have taken at least one course in International Relations, Government Studies, Global Affairs, Conflict Resolution, Political Economy, or a similar class prior to participation in this program.
HousingSingle or double occupancy in Dormitories at the University of Fribourg.
Program Cost (Winter 2018): $4670Included:
- Tuition (3 credits)
- Excursions to Geneva and Strasbourg
- Meal Plan (20 meals)
- Special Events
- Guest lectures
- Pre-Departure Orientation
- International Emergency Insurance
- Round-trip airfare
- Other transportation
- Some meals
- Personal spending
Program Itinerary* 2017
|Day 1||Participants arrive in Fribourg Program Orientation session|
|Academic Information Session
International Law and Human Rights
|Day 5||International Economic Relations ; Review Session|
|Day 6||Day Trip to Geneva (UNODA, OHCHR, UNHCR) Study visit|
|Day 7||Mid-term Exam|
|Day 8-9||Free Days|
|Day 10||Day Trip to Geneva (WTO, WIPO, ILO) Study visit|
|Day 11||European Union|
|Day 12||Workshop: Review session and Student Presentations|
|Day 13||Overnight Trip to Strasbourg (Council of Europe, European Court of Human Rights, European Parliament)|
|Day 14||Return from Strasbourg; Exam|
|Day 15||Participants depart for the U.S.|
*Instructor reserves the right to modify the course schedule as needed
Program OfficerDenise Elles-Mdahuar
Academic DirectorSonja Taylor
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Winter Break||2018||10/08/2017 **||Rolling Admission||01/06/2018||01/20/2018|
** 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.