Study Abroad

Most study abroad programs require a simple application process.

Geneva with Flags

Geneva: Global Governance, Economic Development, & Human Rights

Economic development is typically associated with on-the-ground projects in developing countries. Often overlooked is the governance aspect of development, which is rooted in a complex web of United Nations agencies and conventions as well as multilateral financial and development institutions.

This program examines the development process from a global viewpoint. Students gain knowledge and experience in the role major global institutions and actors play in the development process, strategies they use to influence economic development, and the key challenges they face.

Designed for students specializing in international relations or public health, this ten-week summer program combines coursework on global topics such as the right to health, food security, and political and economic freedom with an in-depth internship in an international organization, such as the United Nations or the World Health Organization. The program draws on the unparalleled resources of Geneva and includes expert guest speakers and visits to international organizations.

Students take one 4 credit course, Global Governance, Economic Development and Human Rights and are placed in a 4 credit internship in a global organization. The program confers 8 credits total, equivalent to one half of a regular BU semester.

More information can be found here.

Elephants in Africa

Tanzania: Field Practicum in Public Health and Environment

Open to GDP students in the International Public Health track. This 6-week course in Tanzania provides students with an international, community-based field practicum experience as they evaluate a public health project of government or an NGO.  The course is divided into four parts.  The first part is split between classroom and field sessions and is designed to orient students to East African culture, the public health environment, conducting qualitative research, and working in teams. During the second part of the course students will be in the classroom focusing on becoming topic experts, designing and pre-testing their study instruments.  The third part consists of data collection in the field.  In the final part of the course, students return to the classroom for practical exercises in data analysis using R and spend the remaining time preparing their team final reports, a combined group report and stakeholder and community presentations.

In addition to gaining valuable experience conducting field research, this course provide students the unique opportunity to live in a rural East African community where they will work alongside and interact with community residents and immerse themselves in the public health efforts in the community. More information can be found here.