SWITZERLAND - Fribourg
University of Fribourg
(Survey of International Organizations)
Summer Session: Late June - Late July
The Survey of International Organizations (SIO), established in 2003, provides students with an overview of the goals, functioning and significance of key international organizations in today’s fast changing global environment. The course examines the achievements and failures of some of the world’s most important economic, political and humanitarian organizations from an interdisciplinary perspective. The SIO offers 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 goal of the Survey of International Organizations is to equip participants with a well rounded set of analytical tools that will help them to assess the past, present and the future roles of international organizations in addressing important global challenges, including international conflicts, disarmament, humanitarian aid, global warming, and human rights.
The SIO is a summer program offered by LaSalle University through the Lasallian International Programs Consortium and run by the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. Situated in a well-preserved medieval city, which remains genuinely bilingual, the University of Fribourg is the only university in Europe offering a full curriculum in both French and German and awarding bilingual degrees. Founded in 1889, the University today has approximately 10,000 students representing more than 110 nationalities. This international flavor is also reflected in the teaching staff, some 35% of whom are of non-Swiss origin. The University enjoys an excellent reputation for the quality of its teaching and research.
Fribourg, Switzerland is a charming medieval city in the heart of Europe, surrounded by majestic mountains, romantic lakes and lush forests. Fribourg is famous for its bilingualism (French and German), its long-standing multicultural and humanistic tradition (and last but not least, for its delicious cheese fondue!). The stimulating course, as well as the fascinating cultural environment in which the SIO takes place, guarantees an unforgettable summer experience.
The structure of the SIO 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, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Labor Organization, the World Trade Organization, the World Health Organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization and the International Committee of the Red Cross (all based in Geneva), as well as the E.U. Parliament, the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights in nearby Strasbourg, France. You will be registered for 5-6 credits at Lewis University for the interdisciplinary course.
You will be staying in single rooms at the Cité St. Justin, a student dorm directly adjacent to campus. Rooms have a bed, sheets, blankets, pillow and a sink; some may even have a balcony. The management provides all bed linens, but does not give out hand or bath towels. The rooms are not luxurious, but they are comfortable and centrally located. There are showers on each floor. The Cité has a laundry facility that operates with coins. You can buy soap conveniently in any of the numerous supermarkets in town.
Continental breakfast is served weekdays from 7-9:00am and weekends from 8-9:30am. The breakfast is included in the room arrangement. In addition, you'll get 20 meal cards for lunch and dinner. Meals at the Cité include soup or salad, a main course and dessert. Drinks are not included, though tap water is provided free of charge. Lunch time is roughly around noon, and dinner time around 6pm.
For the current program charge amount, please contact the Study Abroad office. The program charge includes Lewis tuition, housing for on-campus accommodations, on-site orientation, program-sponsored excursions, medical insurance, and a mandatory $300 Lewis Study Abroad fee.
The program charge does not include airfare, passport and visa fees, off-campus accommodations, meals, supplies, and personal expenses.
Program charges are based on costs of the prior year, as well as projections for the current and coming years. Inflation and fluctuating exchange rates make it difficult to state a fixed cost. Lewis University, therefore, reserves the right to adjust program fees and the right to cancel or alter programs and courses.
To be eligible, you must be a Lewis student with at least a 3.0 GPA who has Sophomore, Junior, or first semester Senior standing or will have that standing when you participate.
Please click on the Application link in the left column to learn more about the application process, how to obtain an application, and what other materials are required. If you are ready to apply, then click on the Apply Now! icon to the left of the program description.