University of Fribourg Summer Program

Why Fribourg?

The Survey of International Organizations offered at University of Fribourg provides students with an overview of the goals, functioning and significance of key international organizations in today's fast changing global environment. Class meetings are held four days a week, with a fifth day of each week reserved for a field trips to major international organizations. Students will see the day-to-day operations and meet with distinguished representatives of 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 International Committee of the Red Cross and the E.U. Parliament in Strasbourg, France.

  • Term: 4 weeks during the summer, end of June to July.
  • Eligibility: currently enrolled students in undergraduate degree-seeking programs in U.S. colleges or universities, minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Credits: 6 undergraduate credits.
  • Application deadline: March 15

How to Apply

You must submit the SUNY Application to the Global Education Office at SUNY Plattsburgh by the application deadline. Once you have submitted the SUNY application, you will be notified about how to complete an online application for the University of Fribourg.


Everyone takes the same course: Survey of International Organizations. It examines the achievements and failures of some of the world's most important economic, political and humanitarian organizations from an interdisciplinary perspective. The goal of the course is to equip participants with a well-rounded set of analytical tools that helps them assess both the future role of international organizations in the 21st century and their past and present effectiveness in addressing important societal challenges. The structure of the SIO revolves around regular coursework and relevant field visits.


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 rooms 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 are 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 site has a laundry facility that operates with coins. You can buy soap conveniently in any of the numerous supermarkets in town.

Program includes a meal card for 20 meals. Please bring extra money since not all meals are included in the program cost.


Fribourg is a wonderful medieval city in the heart of Switzerland. It is located on the so-called "Roeschtigraben," the cultural frontier between French and German speaking Switzerland. For this reason, the town is one of Europe's few bilingual cities with a University. Fribourg is located in close proximity to Geneva, the host city of many international organizations. Its university is well respected across Europe and the world.

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Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about study abroad and exchange opportunities at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact us at:

Global Education Office
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Phone: (518) 564-3287
Toll-Free Phone: (800) 388-6784
Fax: (518) 564-3292

Location: We are on the second floor of the Kehoe Administration Building on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus.