Lausanne, Switzerland

June 2 - June 13, 2014

This summer from June 2 through June 13, 2014, you have the opportunity to study abroad in Lausanne, Switzerland, a breathtakingly beautiful city, intellectual center, and the home of the Olympic Committee. Lausanne is situated near Geneva, which is known throughout the world as the center for international law, policy, and diplomacy. Widener students have been traveling to Switzerland for a unique and exciting summer program since 1991. Since 2009, we have enjoyed a more user-friendly location, academic host, and shorter course format, which will allow students to choose among (i) more travel time after completing course work, (ii) taking a second set of courses in our Venice program, and (iii) returning home earlier, for summer work or other activities. Download the Director's Message.

Lausanne, Europe at Your Fingertips
Arguably the most beautiful city in Switzerland, Lausanne is also perfectly situated for travel throughout the rest of Europe. Our host, the venerable University of Lausanne, boasts views of both the Alps and Lake Geneva. Less than an hour away, Geneva will be a resource for both educational and recreational purposes.

An International City
Home to numerous international organizations such as the International Red Cross, the World Health Organization, and the World Trade Organization, Geneva is a center of global business and just a short train ride from Lausanne. Chosen as the seat for the League of Nations in 1920, Geneva has maintained a reputation as a cosmopolitan city that welcomes people from all over the world.

Course Work
In conjunction with the Faculty of Law and Criminal Justice of the University of Lausanne, the program typically offers four to six two-week courses, with which Widener Law students may earn up to six credits in all. (Please note that the courses offered may vary from year to year.) However this year we are streamlining out program to 3 credits over a two-week period. Students may enroll in courses for the two-week period and then have the option of enrolling in our Venice program offered from June 16 to June 27, 2014.

Other Information and Frequently Asked Questions
For more information about housing, or course materials, feel free to browse the site. If you have a specific question that you want answered, try the FAQ, and if you can’t find the answer to your question there, then please contact us. You can also download the student manual or find out how to keep up with the most up-to-date details about the Lausanne Study Abroad Program through The West Education Network and your Westlaw homepage.

Additional Disclosures
  • General Study Abroad Information and Disclosures (including information on costs and travel warnings)
  • Location: Classes are held in room 252 Internef building at the University of Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland. Wifi and library access are provided to all students in the program. See a Campus Map
  • Cost: See Tuition and Fees.
  • Anticipated Enrollment: 10
  • Widener Student Participation in 2013: 5
  • Participation of Students from Other Schools in 2013: 0
  • Foreign Student Participation: Widener University School of Law Foreign Summer programs are open to students from other countries that are enrolled in final year(s) of an LLB program or are LLM students who have completed a first degree in law. While few foreign students do apply to our program, we often have students participating in one or more courses from the University of Lausanne. Generally no more than 5 or 6 foreign students participate in the program in a given year.
  • Acceptance of Credit: Acceptance of any credit or grade for any course taken is subject to determination by the student's home school. Students should consult with their home school's registrar for more information.
  • Contacts: The Director is Professor Christine D. Allie. Michael Raya, LL.M. Academic Coordinator, is the contact at the University of Lausanne. His contact information is as follows:
    • Michael Raya
      LL.M. Academic Coordinator
      email: Michael Raya
      website: www.unil.ch/llm
      Université de Lausanne
      Faculté de Lausanne
      CDCEI
      Bâtiment Internef, Bureau 206
      Tél: 0041 21 692 27 87
      Fax: 0041 21 692 27 85
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