Director, Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401-4999
From its base in Geneva, this SIT program provides a thorough background in international studies, using an experiential case study approach. The program addresses the most contemporary international issues through classroom seminars and through lectures and briefings at international organizations, including United Nations agencies, the Red Cross, and EU institutions, among others.
Major topics of study include:
You will have numerous occasions to meet leading experts working at international organizations, academic institutions and research centers. You will typically meet experts in multilateral diplomacy, conflict resolution, regional integration, development, the environment, complex emergencies, and security.
You will receive intensive instruction in French. You will have the opportunity to learn, or rapidly advance, your French through the program's intensive language instruction, which is offered at four levels based on in-country evaluation, including oral proficiency testing. Additionally, you may be able to practice your French with your homestay family and during excursions.
You will live with a Swiss or international family in a village or town near Nyon for 14 weeks during the semester. Living in the French-speaking canton of Vaud will enable you to experience Francophone culture. Exposure to the country's cultural and ethnic mosaic will help you understand the traditional values of the Swiss political system: federalism, tolerance, respect for minorities, neutrality, and direct democracy. You may choose to participate in arts groups and sports during this period, which will allow you to meet other Swiss student peers.
The program's educational excursions give you access to leading experts and decision makers in the fields of diplomacy and international negotiations, trade, law, and the evolution of institutions. You will have a chance to experience some of the most magnificent and classical cities and sites in Europe. For example, you will visit Brussels, the capital of Belgium and the European Union. Here, you will become acquainted with EU matters and structures and participate in contemporary debates on the evolution of regional integration in Europe. The city itself reflects both traditions of multicultural Belgium and the rapid growth and influence of EU organizations. After Brussels, the program stops in Paris, where you will visit important international organizations such as OECD or UNESCO. As an artistic and cultural capital and the center of Francophone identity, Paris offers a range of cultural activities and experiences.
You will spend four weeks near the end of the semester working on an Independent Study Project (ISP), pursuing original research on a topic of interest to you. The ISP is conducted in Geneva, where you can interview leading experts in fields related to your research project. The ISP provides you with practical experience for academic and professional development. It also allows you to create a solid professional network and form a concrete base for future academic and professional career choices. Sample ISP topic areas include:
A diversity of students presenting many different majors study abroad on this program, which offers a particularly rich set of opportunities for future steps on one's career path, including the Peace Corps Volunteer service, graduate study, research associate positions, and internships at the United Nations.
Credits: 4.5 for the fall or spring semester
Advisor: Professor Todd Heidt
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