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Sponsor: Boston University

Location: 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 Poltical 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 placmement.


  • Fall
  • Winter/Spring


  • Due to the competitive nature of the internship placements in Geneva, BU gives priority to qualified upperclassmen who have also had relevant work, internship, or volunteer experience.

Admission Info:

To apply, Northwestern students must: 

  1. Complete a Northwestern Study Abroad Application by the appropriate application deadline
  2. Complete a Boston University application by the program's deadline (Due to the competitve nature of this program, BU recommends submitting an application early).

Languages: English

Language Requirements: 

  • 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.


  • Student residence hall consisting of double or triple rooms with shared bathrooms
  • Shared, fully equipped kitchen
  • While there is no dining hall, continental breakfast is provided on weekdays.

Program Costs: 

Fall 2017: $37,516

Billed by Northwestern: $32,436

  • Tuition: $25,490
  • Program fee: $4,246
    (housing, airfare, and other services)
  • Study Abroad Fee: $2,700

Estimated additional costs: $5,080

  • Meals: $1,700
  • Local transportation: $280
  • Books & supplies: $100
  • Personal expenses: $3,000
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