Each year we meet with ambassadors, foreign ministers, NGO leaders, and other experts in the international security field from around the world.
Incredible Site Visits
We’ll travel to Geneva to visit the United Nations, to Strasbourg to meet with experts at the Council of Europe, and to Brussels to visit NATO and the EU Parliament.
Switzerland in the Summer
I dare you to find a more beautiful place to spend time in July. Not only is Switzerland gorgeous, its central location makes visiting other European cities easy and affordable.
Students will participate in two classes: the core class and an elective.
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.
Why Should I Take This Course?
Develop an invaluable international perspective
Chocolate, fondue, and more chocolate
Site visits to NATO, Council of Europe, and the United Nations
Build your network and prepare for an international career
Six upper-level credits for GOVT, CRIM, HIST, CONF, and GLOA majors
Psst, don’t tell all the kids going to London and Rome, but Switzerland is the most incredible place to study abroad in Europe. Here are my top five reasons why…
#1: Switzerland is BEAUTIFUL!
Spending time in Switzerland is good for your soul, it’s as simple as that. It’s a little like walking through a real-life postcard. Everywhere you go will you be treated to glorious mountain views and sparkling lakes. As you take the train across the country you will speed by an emerald landscape of tiny farms sprinkled in between forests and villages. Its cities mix fascinating medieval buildings and super-modern structures. Each season brings out its own beauty from this incredible place.
#2: Switzerland has great chocolate, great cheese, and great food
Switzerland is home to some of the best chocolate, cheese, and food you will ever eat.
If cheese is your thing, you’re in luck because Switzerland makes a lot of it. Emmentaler, Gruyere, Appenzeller, Raclette, Vacherin Fribourgeois, the list goes on and on. This makes sense when you consider that the national dish of Switzerland is “fondue,” a scrumptious pot of bubbling Swiss cheese into which the Swiss dip their bread. Just be careful not to lose your bread in the pot or according to Swiss custom you will have to buy the next round of drinks!
#3: Switzerland is full of great places to go and things to do.
Love to ski? From Zermatt and the Matterhorn in the west to St. Moritz in the east, you really can’t beat the skiing in Switzerland. Love to shop? You won’t find better shopping in more elegant surroundings than in Geneva and the Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich. More of a science geek? Swing by Lucerne and visit CERN and the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s most powerful particle accelerator. Looking to hobnob with the world’s power brokers, schedule a trip to Davos during the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting. Need a new watch. Where better than Switzerland, home to almost 100 different watchmakers including Omega, Rolex, Longines, Tissot, Tag Heuer, and Cartier, just to name a few of the best-known.
#4: Switzerland is in the heart of Western Europe
Nestled between France, Italy, Germany, and Austria, Switzerland makes a fantastic home base from which to travel. Europe’s wonderful train system puts all of Europe within easy striking distance, even for weekend trips. Feeling a hankering to see the Eiffel Tower? The high-speed TGV can take you from Geneva to Paris in just hours.
Want to Learn More?
Here are some links to all sorts of information about living, learning, and having a great time in Switzerland.
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IS Study abroad a good idea? (Yes!)
See the world!
Build your professional network
Work on your language skills
Make lifelong friends
Expand your cultural horizons
Boost your grad school and career opportunities
It will change you...for good
Ask any group of college students who have studied abroad and you’ll get the same answer: it was life changing. There is just no experience here in the United States that can give you the perspective you will gain from traveling and studying abroad. But don’t take our word for it! Here are some links to what other folks have to say about the benefits of studying abroad.
- Sanford J. Ungar, “The Study Abroad Solution: How to Open the American Mind,”
- International Student, “10 Benefits to Studying Abroad,”
- Univ. California Merced, “What Statistics Show about Study Abroad Students,”