International Security Studies in Switzerland
A once-in-a-lifetime study abroad program in Fribourg, Switzerland, July 1 – 21, 2021
The core course, International Security in Global Perspective, introduces students to the broad topic of international security. The course includes an historical overview of international security, examines pressing global security challenges, and assesses the role of the United Nations and other organizations in preventing conflict and resolving international security issues. The elective courses will offer an opportunity for students to dig deeper into a specific set of issues through additional readings and a research project.
We start with a set of foundational readings, online lectures, and related activities prior to leaving for Switzerland. This module is designed to help familiarize everyone, especially those who don’t have a background in security issues, get up to speed with the fundamentals of international security and to learn some of the field’s important vocabulary. Once in Fribourg we will rely on in-class lectures, discussion, workshops/role-playing, and a fantastic series of site visits to international organizations including NATO, the Council of Europe, and the United Nations.
Our goal is to gain an increased understanding of international security by understanding the historical context and contemporary issues, while exploring a variety of European-based organizations and sites relevant to international security.
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About Fribourg, Switzerland
Our home base is the University of Fribourg. Fribourg (or Freiburg to German-speaking Swiss) is a medieval college town nestled in the “pre-Alps” and located on the line between the French and German-speaking Swiss about 90 minutes from Geneva. Fribourg is a great place to live and learn. Small and quiet enough to focus, but offering tons of opportunities for food, fun, and exploring. The train station, just minutes from the dorm, can take you anywhere you want to go in Europe!
Scenes from Switzerland
I fell in love with Switzerland in 1987 (!) when my girlfriend (now my wife!) and I visited Zurich and Geneva as part of our summer Eurail adventure. But it wasn’t until 2014 that I returned to lead my first study abroad course in Fribourg and *really* fell in love with Switzerland. Since then I’ve been back pretty much every year and our trips have just kept getting bigger and better.