Geneva: Disarmament Diplomacy, International Negotiations and Humanitarian Action (CLOSED)

Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Summer 1 Semester - May 17 – June 21, 2014 (dates subject to change)

Application Deadline

  • Summer 1 Semester - Priority Deadline: November 15, 2013

Priority deadline is November 15th with a final deadline of January 26th. Program accepting applications until filled and is subject to close at any time.


Faculty Leader: Professor Denise Garcia -Political Science and International Affairs (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (

Term: Summer I


  • INTL 4945 Dialogue of Civilizations: Global Issues in Comparative Perspective
  • POLS 4938 International Politics - Learning Abroad


The Geneva Dialogue is titled Disarmament Diplomacy, Humanitarian Action, and International Security. It started in 2007 by Professor Denise Garcia with the aim of exposing students to the practice and real life of diplomacy and negotiation of key world politics issues at the highest level that occur in the city of Geneva, capital of humanitarian diplomacy. Geneva is where two-thirds of all United Nations activities take place. The Dialogue also aims to provide students with opportunities and possibilities of interacting and networking for future professional possibilities. Since the beginning of Dialogue, several co-op opportunities began with at least three students in co-op at a time each semester. The focus of this Dialogue is on pressing issues of disarmament, arms control, international humanitarian law, and human rights law, and international security in general. A typical day includes engagement with the local community of international diplomats, locally-posted United Nations personnel, researchers, and other negotiators, academics, and non-governmental organizations, as well as advocacy groups.


  • INTL 4945 Dialogue of Civilizations: Global Issues in Comparative Perspective
  • POLS 4938 International Politics - Learning Abroad

Host University

United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research

Eligibility Requirements

2.5+, interest in disarmament and world politics, interest in the UN, previous relevant experience desirable. In person interview required with Professor Garcia

Application Procedure

    • Online Dialogue of Civilizations application (available on OISP website and myNEU)
    • $500 non-refundable program deposit paid through NUPay.* Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.**
    • One copy of passport ID page – to be given directly to your faculty leader after acceptance.
    • 2-3 page essay answering the following questions (copy and pasted into online application):
    1. What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    2. How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    3. What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    4. What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?

    *If you are not accepted into your Dialogue program, the $500 deposit will be credited to your student account.

    **Applications are not considered complete until deposit is received. This deposit will be applied to the full cost of the program.

    **Faculty may require additional information and/or interview (after application deadline)

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Tuition: $10,195

DOC Fee: $2,000

Tuition and DOC Fee cover 8 Northeastern credits, round-trip airfare from Boston, housing for program duration, International SOS assistance, as well as some local transport, excursions and group meals.



Global Hostel, shared room with 4-6 group colleagues (always a great experience), at the heart of beautiful Geneva, three steps from the lake!


Geneva and two hikes in the Alps.