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  • Locations: Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Hotel Number of Credits Offered: 6
Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior Type of Program: Faculty-led
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

International Securities Studies

Switzerland, Summer 2018

International Securities Swiz
International Security Studies provides students with an introduction to international security affairs from a global perspective.  The course examines the achievements and failures of some of the world's most important economic, political, humanitarian and security organizations from an interdisciplinary perspective. The courses offer students an intellectually stimulating, innovative and diverse program of study in a safe environment, with maximum exposure to the cultural and political life of contemporary Switzerland, Europe and the world of international diplomacy.  

The structure of the program revolves around regular coursework and relevant study visits.  The interdisciplinary course is organized into modules in various areas of study including economics, political science, international relations and international law. Class meetings are held three to four days a week, with one or two days reserved for on-site visits allowing students to see the day-to-day operations and meet with senior representatives of major international organizations, such as the United Nations, Conference on Disarmament Affairs, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Committee of the Red Cross (all based in Geneva), as well as the European Court of Human Rights in nearby Strasbourg, France, NATO in Belgium, and the International Criminal Course at the Hague among others.
 

Program Highlights

  • Based in picturesque Fribourg, students will be provided with an introduction to international security affairs from a global perspective.
  • Provides a solid foundation into the central theoretical concepts of international security, as well as an appreciation of historical and current issues in the field.
  • Coursework will help students hone their analytical, presentation, and writing skills. 
  • Travel to France, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
  • Site visits include the Council of Europe, NATO, the United Nations, International Criminal Court, the Maginot Line, and a swiss mountain fortress.

Credits

6 credits

Eligibility

This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University.

Anticipated Course Options*

Undergraduate:

All students will enroll in:
  • GOVT 398 - International Security in Global Perspective

Students will also choose from one of four elective courses:

  • Global Affairs (GLOA) 480 – Global Affairs Study Abroad
  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution (CONF) 385 – International Field Experience
  • History (HIST) 387 – Topics in Global History (satisfies Mason core requirement in global understanding)
  • Criminology (CRIM) 405 – Law and Justice around the World
* subject to change

Program Dates*

June 30- July 21, 2018

Itinerary

Day 1           Students arrive in Fribourg;
Orientation The academic/administrative orientation will be on Sunday evening at around 17:30-18:00
Day 2       History of Conflicts; The Geneva Conventions
Day 3 State of International Law on War; War Crimes Tribunals, Truth and Reconciliation Commissions
Day 4       Norms, War and Moral Theory; Workshops
Day 5 Biological and Chemical Weapons Conventions, Nuclear Arms Treaties; Modern Debates and Political Discourse 
Day 6 Geneva Study Visit
Day 7 Mid-term Exam
Day 8 Free Day
Day 9 Strasbourg Study Visit
Day 10 Brussels Study Visit
Day 11 The Hague Study Visit
Day 12 Site Visits
Day 13 Basic Overview of Human Security, Responsibility to Protect; Workshop on Intervention
Day 14-15           Free Days
Day 16 Fundamentals of International Diplomacy; The Role of the UN in Peace and Conflict
Day 17 Swiss National Defense Policy- Diplomacy and Defense; Afternoon site visit
Day 18 Diplomacy Workshops; Review Session
Day 19 Final Exam; Farewell Dinner
Day 20 Independent Study (Term Papers Due)
Day 21 Students depart for the U.S.
* Dates and itinerary subject to change. The Global Education Office reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Program Cost

Summer 2017: $5,700

Summer 2018: Coming Soon!

Included: Tuition for 6 credits, accommodations, partial meal plan (20 meals), most in-country transportation, international emergency medical insurance.

Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, some meals, other transportation,  personal spending, required textbooks and/or course materials.

*Participants must arrange their own airfare, once instructed to do so by the Mason Global Education Office.

Program Payments

Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Deposit + First Payment + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.

Application Deposit: A non-refundable program deposit $200 must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.

First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received by March 11, 2018 in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by April 8, 2018. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $1200 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid or their VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."

Payment Instructions

For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:
Payments

Scholarships

GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Scholarships

Application Deadline:

Sunday, March 4, 2018

 

Application requirements:*

Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.

Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.

Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now. The Global Education Office offers Passport Grants to help.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.

Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the 1st payment deadline.

Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:

Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.

Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.

* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.
 

Application instructions:

Academic Director

  AricThrall
Name Trevor Thrall
Email athrall@gmu.edu
Phone 703-993-3724

GEO Program Officer

  Denise Elles-Mdahuar Photo
Name Denise Elles-Mdahuar
Email dellesmd@gmu.edu
Phone 703-993-2155


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.