IR 491 - Geneva, Switzerland: Programme on International Affairs and Multilateral Governance


The School of International Relations offers students the opportunity to study and intern for five weeks in Geneva, Switzerland.  Students enroll in IR 491 (4 units) which can be used to fulfill an IR major or IR minor requirement. Students intern full-time for the first week at an international organization, after which their schedule will consist of class in the morning and internship in the afternoon.  Different topics will be covered each week of class as follows:

Week 1: Global Public Goods: Health and Environment

Week 2: Global Migration, Cooperation, and Development

Week 3: Security, Human Rights, and Humanitarian Actions

Week 4: European Experiences in World Perspective

Application Deadline
Friday, February 8, 2013 - Submit to Katrina Miranda in VKC 301

Program Dates

Monday, June 24 to Friday, July 26 2013

Approximate Cost List

USC Tuition:

4 unit course at $1473/unit= $5892

Course work will be completed at the Graduate Institute of Geneva:


Check-in on Saturday, June 22, Check-out on July 27 =+/-$2500


Roundtrip Airfare from Los Angeles to Geneva= +/- $1500

Students will meet in Geneva

Application Checklist

  • Application
  • Stars Report (accessible on OASIS)
  • Personal Statement (2 pages max)-stating why you are interested in participating in this program, how this program may benefit your academic interests and future career aspirations, why do you feel you are a good fit for this program, and any additional info you want to share.
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation (preferably at least one from an IR faculty member)
  • Resume


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