Two world centers of diplomacy unite in Geneva & London: International Conflict Resolution. Students begin this eight-week summer program in Geneva, Switzerland, analyzing contemporary conflict resolution with a focus on legal institutions and mechanisms. The program continues in London, England, where students explore case studies related to the history of the British Empire. In Geneva, students live in newly renovated, centrally located dormitories, and in London, students live in suite-style Boston University housing. Classes are conducted at Boston University-owned academic centers in both Geneva and London. There are also a number of site visits and speakers from international organizations including the Red Cross and the UN.

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.

Required Courses

Students take these two courses:

  • CAS IR 562 Conflict Resolution: Concepts and Institutions (4 credits)
    • Geneva, first three weeks
    • 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 Conflict Resolution: Workshops and Case Studies (4)
    • London, last three weeks
    • 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
Geneva Housing

Program Residence

  • Double or triple rooms with shared bathrooms.
  • Shared, fully equipped kitchen.
  • No dining hall; however, continental breakfast provided during weekdays.
  • Laundry in BU residence.
  • Common study and recreational space at BU residence.

London Housing

Program Residences

  • Accommodations are apartment-style suites in BU’s own housing in the centrally located South Kensington neighborhood. All residences are approximately a 15-minute walk from the BU London Academic Center. Bedrooms consist of doubles, triples, and quads and all bedrooms come with an en suite bathroom. Limited single rooms are available on a space-available basis for a supplemental fee.
  • Fully equipped kitchens are available within BU housing. Kitchens are shared between approximately 6-14 students.
  • Students are responsible for budgeting their own cost of meals. Board isn’t included in this program.
  • BU London does not have dining hall facilities, but there are ample grocery stores, restaurants, and other amenities in the immediate area surrounding the residences.
  • All buildings are within walking distance to local transportation, including the London Tube and bus systems.
  • Coin-operated laundry facilities are located in the basements of all residences. Cost of laundry is not included in the program fee.
  • Students have access to the BU London Library for research and printing purposes. For recreational and social activities, students may take advantage of the BU London Social Programme as well as the clubs and societies of Imperial College London.
  • WiFi is available throughout all the BU buildings.
  • Summer Term: Early June to Early August
  • Summer Term: March 1