FRIBOURG: Survey of International Organizations

Fribourg, Switzerland

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  • Summer 2 Semester - Late June - Late July

Application Deadline

  • Summer 2 Semester - March 1


Study Abroad Coordinator: Mike Miller (

The Survey of International Organizations (SIO), established in 2003, provides students with an overview of the goals, functioning and significance of key international organizations in today's fast changing global environment. The course examines the achievements and failures of some of the world's most important economic, political and humanitarian organizations from an interdisciplinary perspective. The SIO offers students an intellectually stimulating, innovative and diverse program of study in a safe environment, with maximum exposure to the cultural and political life of contemporary Switzerland, Europe and the world of international diplomacy.


The structure of the SIO revolves around regular coursework and relevant study visits. The interdisciplinary course is organized into modules in various areas of study including economics, political science, international relations and international law. Class meetings are held three to four days a week, with one or two days reserved for on-site visits allowing students to see the day-to-day operations and meet with senior representatives of major international organizations, such as the United Nations, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Labor Organization, the World Trade Organization, the World Health Organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization and the International Committee of the Red Cross (all based in Geneva), as well as the E.U. Parliament, the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights in nearby Strasbourg, France. The SIO offers students an intellectually stimulating, innovative and diverse program of study in a safe environment, with maximum exposure to the cultural and political life of contemporary Switzerland, Europe and the world of international diplomacy Students take 4 modules - International law and Human Rights, International Economics Relations, The EU, Policy and Advocacy throughout the 4 week period which will translate to 8 NU credits (INTL 1990 and INTL1990).

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Eligibility Requirements

  • 2 completed terms at NU, one of which may be a summer term
  • GPA of at least 3.0
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility

Application Procedure

    • Online OISP application

      Please submit the following directly to OISP:

    • Completed Host Institution Application Forms
    • Official Transcript
    • Personal Statement
    • Health Insurance Proof
    • 2 passport photos
    • SIO 2013 Waiver form
    • Photocopy of Passport ID Page
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Summer 2 2015: $10,909

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 8 NU credits ($10,634) and International Security and Emergency Support ($275). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.


You'll be staying in a single room at the Cite St. Justin, a student dorm directly adjacent to campus. Rooms have a bed, sheets, blankets, pillow and a sink; some may even have a balcony. The management provides all bed linens but does not give out hand or bath towels. The rooms are by no means luxurious but comfortable and centrally located. There are showers on each floor. The house rules have to be respected at all times. If you do not adhere to the rules, you may lose your housing privileges and be sent home by the director. The Cite disposes of a laundry facility that operates with coins. You can buy soap conveniently in any of the numerous supermarkets in town. Continental breakfast is served weekdays from 7-9:00am and weekends from 8-9:30am. Meals at the Cité include soup or salad, a main course and dessert. Drinks are not included, though tap water is provided free of charge. Lunch time is roughly around noon, and dinner time around 6pm. Considering that it's dorm food, the quality of the meals is actually pretty good, one of last year's students observed.


The cost of living is quite high in Switzerland and can certainly be considered as one of the highest in the OECD. The amount you spend on food every month depends largely on how much you eat, where you shop and how often you eat out. However, you can expect to pay between SFr. 500 and SFr. 650 for food (per month). Recreation is also relatively expensive in Switzerland. Going to the movies costs slightly more than in most European countries and currently a ticket goes for SFr. 15. Films in Fribourg are usually dubbed in French but cinemas offer an increasing number of original language versions (early evening shows). If you insist on seeing films in their original (undubbed) versions you may have to travel to Bern. Fribourg boasts a small number of French and German language theatres. The Fribourg Youth Orchestra regularly holds concerts in the University Aula which are reasonably inexpensive. What's more, film nights, parties and other events are organised by student organisations and are all very affordable.