Global Perspectives Seminar: Does Multilateralism Matter in our World?

Brussels, Belgium and Geneva, Switzerland

Dates: July 12 – July 28, 2020

You seek adventure. You learn best by doing. You want your college experience to push you beyond the limits of campus life. Incoming freshmen and transfer students are invited to participate in an experiential learning opportunity in Belgium and Switzerland. During the summer prior to your first semester at OU, earn college credit while learning in a progressive manner to gain a global perspective and real-world experience, applicable to your entire academic career. A few openings will be available for existing OU students.

The program begins in Brussels, Belgium. The group may take the Belgian Rail from Brussels to Bruges, home of the College of Europe. Significant cultural and scientific institutions for possible visits include the Atomium, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, and the Théâtre Royal de Toone. In addition to the planned activities, students will have one free day in Brussels to explore the city on their own.

The group will travel from Brussels to Geneva by air or train. In Geneva, students may take Swiss Railways from Geneva to Gland, location of the headquarters of the World Wildlife Foundation and the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Significant cultural and scientific institutions considered for a visit include CERN, the Institut et Musée Voltaire, and the ICRC Museum. In addition to the planned activities, students will have one free day in Geneva to explore the city on their own.

Students will earn credit for PS 1600 Issues in World Politics (4 credits), taught by the chair of OU’s Political Science Department Dr. Peter Trumbore. This course fulfills OU’s Global Perspective requirement for General Education.

The cost of $5,000 includes round-trip airfare from Detroit and all transportation, accommodation and activities while abroad, as well as many meals. Tuition (not included) will be charged as part of the fall 2020 semester.

Deposit (non-refundable) (Due March 1, 2020)$1,000
First Installment (Due April 1, 2020)$1,000
Second Installment (Due May 1, 2020)$1,000
Third Installment (Due June 1, 2020)$1,000
Final Installment (Due July 1, 2020)$1,000
Total Program Charges$5,000

For more information, visit the program website , or contact Alex Zimmerman by email at

All payments are non-refundable except in case of emergency or program cancellation. Requests for refunds will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.