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  • Locations: Fribourg, Switzerland; Strasbourg, France
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Campus Housing Number of Credits Offered: 3
Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate Prerequisite: Yes
Type of Program: Faculty-led Area of Study: Government and International Policy, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Economics, Global Affairs
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:
Switzerland International Org

Survey of International Organizations in Switzerland

This 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?


Program Details


  • 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


This 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.
Application Checklist


Single or double occupancy in Dormitories at the University of Fribourg.

Program Cost (Winter 2018): $4670

  • Tuition (3 credits)
  • Housing
  • Excursions to Geneva and Strasbourg
  • Meal Plan (20 meals)
  • Special Events
  • Guest lectures
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • International Emergency Insurance
Not Included:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Other transportation
  • Some meals
  • Personal spending

Program Itinerary* 2018

Day 1  Jan.6 Participants arrive in Fribourg Program Orientation session
Day 2  Jan.7

Day 3-4   Jan. 8-9
Academic Information Session

International Law and Human Rights
Day 5  Jan.10 International Economic Relations ; Review Session
Day 6  Jan.11 Day Trip to Geneva (UNODA, OHCHR, UNHCR) Study visit
Day 7  Jan.12 Mid-term Exam
Day 8-9 Jan.13-14 Free Days
Day 10 Jan,15 Day Trip to Geneva (WTO, WIPO, ILO) Study visit
Day 11 Jan.16 European Union
Day 12 Jan.17 Workshop: Review session and Student Presentations
Day 13 Jan.18 Overnight Trip to Strasbourg (Council of Europe, European Court of Human Rights, European Parliament)    
Day 14 Jan.19 Return from Strasbourg; Exam
Day 15 Jan.20 Participants depart for the U.S.

*Instructor reserves the right to modify the course schedule as needed

Contact Information

Program Officer

Denise Elles-Mdahuar

Academic Director

Sonja Taylor

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.