Geneva & London: International Conflict Resolution (Summer)

This program introduces students to international conflict resolution in the light of contemporary conflicts and global security concerns.

Program Curriculum

The first half of the program will take place in Geneva, where students will analyze contemporary conflicts and the roles of human rights, religion, foreign intervention, and intercultural communication in conflict resolution. The second half of the program, in London, will focus on case studies in conflict resolution, including Northern Ireland, Cyprus, and Kashmir. Note: Syllabi are for course approval and reference only. Students will receive up-to-date syllabi when their courses begin.

Students take these two courses:

CAS IR 562: (Geneva, first three weeks) Conflict Resolution: Concepts and Institutions (4)

An overview of the history and theory of conflict resolution. Students visit a range of UN agencies and NGOs working on these issues in Geneva. Syllabus

CAS IR 565: (London, last three weeks) Conflict Resolution: Workshops and Case Studies (4)

Concentrates on three case studies, each of which reflects a different aspect of the problems associated with conflict resolution and each has a British dimension. Must be taken in conjunction with Conflict Resolution: Concepts and Institutions, taught in Geneva. Syllabus

Program Details

Program Dates
  • Summer Term: Late May to mid-July
  • Upon successful completion of the program, students earn eight Boston University credits. Students must enroll for a total of eight credits.
  • Geneva Housing: Students are housed in a newly renovated student residence hall centrally located in town.  It is located on a street adjacent to Lake Geneva and only a few blocks from the main classroom/administrative building of the program. The residence is a former hotel which has been renovated to accommodate students in a dormitory-style set-up. Participants of the program are placed in doubles or triples and share bathrooms. Rooms are completely furnished. Wireless Internet access is available throughout the building. A light breakfast is provided each weekday morning. There are also communal kitchens on each floor. Sheets and basic cooking utensils will be provided. Access to public transportation, which extends to all parts of the city, is close to the facility.
  • London Housing: Students live in shared suites in Boston University’s own housing. All housing is within walking distance of the BU London Academic Center. Suites vary in size (from 2 to 13 occupants), configuration, and style of decoration, but most consist of shared bedrooms with Internet access, shower room, and a kitchen/common area.
  • Safety and Security: BU Study Abroad: London
Application Deadlines
  • Summer Term: March 1

Download a description of Geneva & London: International Conflict Resolution.

Program Staff

The International Conflict Resolution Program is administered by staff in  our Boston, London and Geneva offices. In Boston, a program manager facilitates the admissions and pre-departure procedures, and maintains contact with students prior to their arrival in London and Geneva. The Boston Office also houses administrative personnel who are responsible for everyday operations. In London and Geneva, the staff comprises of a director and administrative, academic, and housing personnel.

Boston Staff

Corey Smith, Program Manager

Overseas Staff

Courses are taught by senior faculty drawn from Boston University’s programs in Geneva and London.