University of Oregon

SIT: International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy in Geneva

Program Overview

In the International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy program you will examine the strategies and responses of international, supranational, and nongovernmental organizations to current challenges to peace and stability. While the city retains much of its French heritage and Swiss culture, Geneva’s population is truly international, with a unique microculture of social and political organizations.

From its base in Geneva, this program provides a thorough background in international studies, using an experiential, case study approach. The program addresses the most contemporary international issues, with classroom seminars supplemented by lectures and briefings at international and nongovernmental organizations, including United Nations agencies, the Red Cross, and platforms of the World Trade Organization.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: SIT: International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy

Application Process

If you are interested in applying to an SIT program, we strongly advise you to meet with an advisor prior to applying.

SIT Study Abroad has rolling admission, which means that applications are reviewed on a rolling basis between the opening and closing dates of the review process. Applications must be complete to be reviewed for admission. Since many programs fill long before the published closing dates, you are strongly advised to apply by the above priority deadline.

Qualified applicants are recommended by a GEO Study Abroad Program Advisor. The final selection of participants is made by SIT. The SIT admissions committee strives to select students who will be the best possible match for the program. You should submit strong academic references and demonstrate a consistent academic record, clear motivation to study abroad, solid reasoning for their program choice, and an understanding of the program model.

IMPORTANT: Application for a SIT program involves two parts:

  • Completion of the GEO application process.
  • Completion of the SIT application process.

Please note that the GEO deadline supersedes the SIT deadline. An application fee is due at the time of application and is non-refundable under any circumstances.

Additional Requirements

  • Previous college-level coursework in and/or significant preparation in development studies; public health; or the social, economic, and political sciences, as assessed by SIT.
  • Prior French language study recommended, but not required.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester20174/15/2017Late AugustEarly December
Spring Semester201810/1/2017Late JanuaryEarly May

Additional Date Information

To confirm the exact program dates, please consult SIT.

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.