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BU Abroad’s Geneva Program focuses on humanitarian careers

Boston University’s Geneva Internship Program gives students a chance to live in one of Europe’s most international cities and to work in one of many political, economic, or health-related organizations. Located in the French-speaking region of Switzerland, Geneva is home to the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the International Red Cross, and more than 250 other international organizations. The Geneva program is designed for students planning careers in international relations as well as public health and other humanitarian endeavors.

Students spend the first six weeks of the program studying in class, then continue their course of study by enrolling in an eight-week internship. The program encourages students to experience life as the Swiss do — they live in a 19th-century house with a large garden and travel on weekends to places such as the Swiss capital of Bern, a ski resort in the Alps, and the French towns of Lyons and Annecy. While there is no foreign language requirement, students find that a working knowledge of French is helpful. The application deadline for the fall semester is March 15.

For more information on the Geneva program, click here.