The Politics of Global Inequality
- Excursions and Day Trips
- Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk
- About Switzerland
- Weather and Climate
- Research Your Destination
You will stay in university dormitories in single-occupancy rooms, which are furnished and equipped with a sink. There are showers, toilets and kitchens on each floor shared by 8 persons. There is a WiFi area by the cafeteria and in your room.
UC Davis reserves the right to change the accommodation location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange comparable lodging. Please note that elevators, air conditioners and other modern conveniences may not be available in all locations.
A welcome social event at a local restaurant in the beginning of the program will provide students with an opportunity to meet the instructor and each other. During field trips to the non-governmental organizations (NGOs), lunch will be provided. Most other meals are not included in the price of the program. To save money, students may eat in the dining facility located in the dormitory complex where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served or you can shop at local markets and use shared kitchen area of the accomodations. Students may also choose to visit nearby restaurants to enjoy regional Genevois and Swiss specialties.
Geneva, Switzerland, represents a perfect place to study global inequality, given the prevalence of intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations that seek to address these issues. You will visit several of these international organizations, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the World Trade Organization (WTO). These organizations will provide different perspectives on the problems that developing countries face as well as propose practical solutions.
Participation in this UC Davis Study Abroad program requires travel to and extended living in a foreign location(s) abroad. UC Davis Study Abroad endeavors to reduce and mitigate risk wherever possible. However, the environments and risks associated with living in these locations are substantially different than those found during a regular course of study at UC Davis. All participants must download and review the following information prior to departure. Any questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator.
According to the following Lonely Planet description, Geneva is a super sleek, slick and cosmopolitan city (and one of Europe's priciest). Its people chatter in every language under the sun and it's constantly thought of as the Swiss capital—which it isn't. This gem of a city superbly strung around the sparkling shores of Europe's largest Alpine lake is, in fact, only Switzerland's third-largest city. Yet the whole world is here: the UN, International Red Cross, International Labour Organization, World Health Organization. You name it, they're in Geneva; 200-odd top-dog governmental and non-governmental international organizations meting out world affairs with astonishing precision and authority.
Currency: Swiss Franc (CHF)
Language Spoken: Switzerland has four national languages: German, French, Italian and Rumantsch, as well as dialect forms of each.
Prepare for fluctuating weather conditions. Some days will be hot, in the range of 90˚F; others will be rainy and much cooler. You are encouraged to monitor the weather in the weeks leading up to the program online.