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.
Requirements & Considerations
- Program is open to undergraduate or graduate students
- Admissions requirements for all programs
Students take these two courses:
Required Course List
- 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.
- 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.
Housing & Student Services
- Double or triple rooms with shared bathrooms
- Shared, fully equipped kitchen
- No dining hall
- Laundry in BU residence
- Common study and recreational space at BU residence
- All students are accommodated in residence hall-style housing located in central London. Bedrooms consist of doubles, triples, and quads with ensuite bathrooms.
- Fully equipped kitchens are available. Kitchens are shared between approximately 6–14 students.
- Students are responsible for budgeting their own cost of meals. Food is not included in this program.
- There are no dining hall facilities, but there are grocery stores, restaurants, and other amenities in the immediate area.
- All buildings are within walking distance to local transportation, including the London Tube and bus systems.
- Students have access to a library for research. For recreational and social activities, students may take advantage of the BU London Social Programme.
- Summer Term: Early June to Early August
- Summer Term: March 1
Cost & Financial Considerations
- Summer 2020 Tuition & Fees: $9,175
Cost includes tuition, housing, transportation from Geneva to London, field trips, overseas medical insurance, and emergency evacuation coverage.
- Estimated program budget, including cost of living expenses for Summer 2020
- Grants and Scholarships available
- BU Study Abroad–arranged trans-Atlantic group flight not included in the program fee