The William Wilberforce International Human Rights Law Centre
The course will be in English with limited exposure to German and French. It will comprise classroom lectures and visits to German and French language areas to experience these differences.
Attendees who wish to gain academic credit for the program will be required to write a 1500 – 2000 word paper on the experience. The paper will need to demonstrate significant cultural learning from the program.
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The purpose of this program is to expose people to the cultural diversity of Switzerland. It is a campus based program taught in Clarens, Switzerland.
Switzerland has four official languages and English is the most common second language. The main three languages of Europe (mainland) are English, French and German, making Switzerland an ideal place to experience the cultural differences between these language groups.
The town of Montreux is situated in a sheltered bay of Lake Geneva , you will find vineyards surrounding the town and the background is against the breath-taking view of snow-covered Alps. Montreux is perhaps best known for its Jazz Festival, which takes place in the summer months and features concerts taking place on inside and outside stages.
The mild climate of Montreux allows it to be called the capital of the Vaud Riviera. You will find plants associated with the Mediterranean here such as pines, cypresses and palm trees. Charlie Chaplin, Freddie Mercury and other famous people of world-renown lived and continue to live on the Vaud Riviera.
Rochers de naye
In one hour, we will climb by rack railway train from the palm trees on the lake shore to the mountain summits above. The cog railway meanders between lake, forests and high mountain pastures taking less than an hour to reach the summit of more than 2,000 m from the lakeshore.
A real headland overlooking the town of Montreux, the Rochers-de-Naye ("Naye Rocks") provide the most spectacular view of Lake Geneva and its surrounding Alps. On a clear day, you'll see the Eiger, the Mont-Blanc massif and Geneva's famous fountain.
What is so special about Geneva for the Swiss and the rest of the world ? The answer is that it has far greater international influence than any other city of 200,000 inhabitants. Today, Switzerland's second largest city is home to around twenty international organisations. The permanent missions of over 160 States represent their governments in the city's international conferences and organisations.
Geneva is a centre focused on the international economy. Whether private corporate or business, finance, in its widest sense, undeniably plays a major economic role in Geneva, which is a base for around a hundred foreign banks.
Geneva is a city of arts and culture. The City is financially responsible for around thirty venues and performance centres, eleven museums, the Municipal library network and Geneva Library.
We head to Geneva to visit the UN European headquarters. We will hope to see:
The Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room, decorated by famous artist Miquel Barcelò. The Salle des Pas Perdus, from which you can see the Armillary Sphere and the monument commemorating the conquest of outer space. A film on the activities and the objectives of the United Nations Office.
Gifts presented by various countries to the United Nations Office at Geneva.
During the tour, our tour Guides will inform about the current activities of the United Nations. They will also talk about the history of the Palais des Nations, formerly the headquarters of the League of Nations.
Wilberforce Fellows Swiss Culture Studies Programme
WILLIAM WILBERFORCE INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW CENTRE