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Geneva Internship

Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva, Switzerland

Program sponsor: Boston University

Lake Geneva from Above, Geneva, Switzerland.Lake Geneva from Above, Geneva, Switzerland.
Lake Geneva from Above, Geneva, Switzerland.

The Geneva Internship program's International Relations track combines coursework at the BU Geneva Academic Center with in-depth professional work experience in or near Geneva. The program is broken up into two phases: core phase and internship phase. During the first six weeks of the program, students take one required core International Relations course and one elective course (elective options include Art History, French language, and Political Science), while working with the Internship Manager to finalize and prepare for the internship placement at a local organization. During the final eight weeks students complete an intensive internship, working full-time (typically 8 hours/day, four days/week), while enrolled in one required course, which meets once a week for a full day.

Students are placed in internships in one of the many humanitarian, political, or economic organizations headquartered in Geneva. With English as the common language spoken in the international community in Geneva, most internship placements are conducted in English. While internships exclusively in French are rare in the sector of international relations, it is an asset to have advanced French as these students are typically able to work on a wider range of topics with their internship placement.

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Program Requirements


BU gives priority to qualified upperclassmen who have also had relevant work, internship, or volunteer experience.


None; however, Northwestern applicants who have not already completed at least one quarter of German, French, or Italian at Northwestern prior to the start of the program are required to enroll in the Beginning French elective course on-site in order to fulfill Northwestern's language requirement.


  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. Please check the program’s website for more details and deadlines (due to the competitive nature of this program, BU recommends submitting an application early).

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

4 to 6 Northwestern units.


Student residence hall with double or triple rooms with shared bathrooms; shared, fully equipped kitchen; while there is no dining hall, continental breakfast is provided on weekdays.

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Fall 2019: $39,699

Billed by Northwestern
  • Tuition: $27,360
  • Program fee: $4,559
    (includes housing, group flight, insurance, and program activities)
  • Study Abroad Fee: $2,800

Total: $34,719

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Meals: $1,700
  • Local transportation: $180
  • Books & supplies: $100
  • Personal expenses: $3,000

Total: $4,980

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Visit the Boston University website for information about their available scholarships.
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for affiliated BU programs, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.


After you are accepted to a BU program, you will be required to pay a deposit directly to BU to confirm your participation on the program. It is your responsibility to pay the deposit; Northwestern cannot pay or waive deposits for affiliated programs.

Northwestern Invoice

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include your BU program fee and the NU study abroad fee. Refer to your program materials for the most current cost information.

  • BU Deposit: If you paid a deposit, it will be credited to your CAESAR account after BU has confirmed the payment.
  • BU Travel Credit: If you will not participate in your program's group flight, the flight credit will be posted on your CAESAR account after BU has confirmed your independent travel. This may not happen until after the start of the BU term.
  • BU Scholarships: If you were awarded a scholarship from BU, the funds will not be sent to Northwestern. You should request to have the funds disbursed directly to you through your BU Student Link account. (This option may not be available until the start of your program.)
  • NU Financial Aid: If you receive financial aid and/or loans, these funds will continue to apply directly to your CAESAR account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

Other BU Charges

It is your responsibility to waive the Boston University domestic student health insurance plan, which will be billed to you directly by BU.

Because your program fee will be billed through your Northwestern account, you should not receive a separate invoice from BU for your study abroad program. However, additional fees may apply for certain courses, housing add-ons, field trips, or other optional items related to your program. If applicable, you are responsible for paying these fees directly to BU.

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