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Santa Clara Law: Summer Abroad in Geneva
Geneva, Switzerland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 03/21/2016 ** Rolling Admission 06/14/2016 07/08/2016
NOTE: Internships may begin as early as 5/23/2016. Specific ending dates will be arranged with individual employers. Internship application deadline is 2/12/2016. Please note there is a mandatory orientation session after classes the afternoon of 6/14/2016. Please consult your program director before making travel arrangements.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: English Areas of study: Law
Class Standing: J.D., LL.M., Other
Program Description:
Summer Abroad in Geneva 
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Mix & Match:  Students may enroll in other academic programs including The Hague, Shanghai, Singapore, the Sydney, or Vienna before the Geneva academic/internship program. Students may attend all or some portion of the four week academic program, depending upon their particular interests. Students may be placed in a limited number of human rights internships in Geneva, Paris, Ireland, or Ghana.
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Classes: Public International Law, International IP Law, International Humanitarian Law & International Human Rights Law (1-5 units)

An unsurpassed opportunity for students of human rights. Geneva program students will have the opportunity to study public international law, human rights, humanitarian law, andSCU Law_Geneva CICR international intellectual property law in a most appropriate location: Geneva, home of the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the World Intellectual Property Organization. The program includes visits to, and briefings at, the key UN and international institutions located in Geneva. The seminars are taught in the mornings, and site visits are scheduled in the afternoons. Classes are held at Webster University, located in the residential lakeside commune of Bellevue.  Students may attend all or some portion of the four week academic program, depending upon their particular interest. Each week taken alone is worth 1 unit of credit; if taking 3 weeks of classes, 4 units of credit will be given; or for the entire 4 week program, 5 units of credit will be given. 

2016 Schedule
Week 1: Public International Law, June 14–17
Week 2: International Intellectual Property Law, June 20-23
Week 3: International Humanitarian Law, June 27-30
Week 4: International Human Rights Law, July 4-7


Internships: Geneva, Paris, Ireland, and Ghana (3-5 units)

Students may be placed in a limited number of human rights internships in Geneva, Paris, Ireland, or Ghana. For more information, please contact the Geneva Program Director, Professor Claudia Josi

Fees & Financial Aid

Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $300 for the class and an additional non-refundable deposit of $700  for the internship (if applicable) is required to secure your spot.  The deposits are applied to the tuition charge.

Tuition: The tuition charge is $1000/unit for J.D. students. LL.M. students should contact us for tuition information.

Financial Aid: US law students are typically eligible for financial aid to cover tuition, airfare, housing, food, local travel costs and school supplies (click here for more information).

Housing in Geneva

Students are offered two available options with our local partners at Webster University: Residence Les Berges du Rhone in downtown Geneva or The Living and Learning Center on the Webster campus. At each location, shared or single options are available. A short description of each housing location can be found below and at the indicated links:
1.  Residence Les Berges du Rhone  -- more detailed description at
Les Berges du Rhone is located in the heart of Geneva.  The commute to campus from Les Berges is on tram and train and takes about 30 min. In the past, students have enjoyed staying in downtown Geneva and enjoying the vibrant life of the city, but if you choose this housing, please make sure that you take into account the commute time, so that you are in class on time every morning. Tardiness due to the commute is never an excuse.

2.  Living and Learning Center -- description at
The Living and Learning Center is located on the Webster campus, a step away from our classroom, in the village of Bellevue, in the outskirts of Geneva. Although it is a short commute to downtown Geneva (the regional train runs normally very 30 min and takes you to the main station in about 10 min.), students have considered it convenient for the academic portion of the program.

Students will select their preferred housing type in April 2016. Prices will be available closer to that date but are estimated at CHF 70,- per day + 8% VAT. The housing includes charges for electricity, water, heating, Ethernet internet connection, and bed linens. If signing up for one of the two housing options, those will be billed beforehand and no cancellation will be allowed. Interested students can discuss the different housing options with the program director once they have registered.

Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements during the internship period. 

Note: Priority order for room preference will be based on when students submitted their online application and deposit . Students will be financially responsible to Santa Clara Law for any damage to the rooms or furnishings.

Exploring The Area

Geneva is a beautiful and sophisticated city nestled in the foothills of both the French and Swiss Alps. Lake Leman divides the city, with the old city and university on one side and the United Nations Organization, train station and airport on the other. Montreux and Lausanne are nearby, and Florence, Paris and other magnificent sites are easily accessible on the weekends. Hiking opportunities in the Alps abound. You can stroll by the lake, take a traditional steamer to one of the many villages, or simply enjoy the vista of the snow-covered Mount Blanc towering in the distance. Enjoy fondue? Try one of the many outdoor cafes surrounding the cathedral in the old town.

Travel Information

AXA/ACE Travel Assistance Program Information (all students enrolled in the program are covered)
US State Department Tips for Traveling Abroad
US State Department Travel Safety Information
US Department of State Country Specific Information
US Embassies/Consulates
US Department of State: Passport Services
US Department of State Worldwide Caution
Centers for Disease Control Health Information
Traveling with Disabilities in Switzerland 
Additional Disabilities information for Switzerland 
Traveling with Disabilities in Ireland 
Traveling with Disabilities in the Ghana 


Summer 2015 Student Evaluation for Geneva: Overall Experience 4.25 (Scale of 1-5, 1=poor, 5=excellent)

"...This was really a great program and I would recommend it!" Paula Eisenberg, SCU (2015)

“Overall, I found the professors during the summer program interesting, approachable, and very knowledgeable.” Anonymous (2012)

“Santa Clara’s programs at The Hague and Geneva significantly altered the course of my life. The programs gave me the opportunity to network with personnel at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, as a result of which I was offered a semester-long externship at the UN. I was inspired by Santa Clara faculty, who have helped me craft a meaningful career in international law.” William Fife III, Florida Coastal University (2011)

“Overall a great learning experience.” Raheel Hayat, University of the Pacific McGeorge (2009)

Contact Us

Program Director: Professor Claudia Josi
The Center for Global Law and Policy:

Enrollment Limit: 30 students for class