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Today's world faces numerous violent conflicts, most of the conflicts being within a country's border. Federalism and decentralisation are powerful tools for conflict resolution. The Summer University enables students to enhance their knowledge about Power Sharing (e.g. Federalism and Decentralisation), especially its chances and limits in relation to conflict resolution.
Every year, between 40 and 45 participants from all over the world are selected from over 100 applicants to participate in our programme. 43 participants from 27 countries attended the last year programme and over 1000 people are now part of the Summer University alumni.
The participants understand the principles of federalism and decentralisation in conflict resolution. The newly acquired knowledge is transferred and has an impact on their daily work as academic or young professional.
The Summer University is aimed at advanced students (completed BA) of law, political science, economics, journalism or other related sciences and young professionals keen to improve their knowledge of federalism, decentralisation and conflict resolution. A good knowledge of English and a strong interest in the topics of federalism, decentralisation and conflict resolution are preconditions for applying.
Methodology and Workload
Teaching will be a mix of lectures, case studies, self-reading, and group work. Prior to the Summer University, participants are asked to write a paper and comment on another participant's paper.
Preparation (approximately 80 hours)
- Write a seminar paper (up to 10 pages) (guidelines)(see sample)
- Write a commentary on another's participant paper (1-2 pages)
- Study the reader (examination in the first day)
Participation in the Summer University (approximately 90 hours)
- Written examination of the reader (in the first day)
- Participate actively in the lectures and group work
- Final exam (in the last week)
To celebrate the 25th edition of the Summer University, the Institute of Federalism organises an international conference during the first week (22 - 23 August) on the topic: "States falling apart? Secessionist and autonomy movements in Europe (with Roland Watts, Michael Burgess, John Kincaid and others). More information will be available soon on our website.
For participants coming from countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Eastern Europe the Institute of Federalism can offer the course free of charge, due to a programme contribution from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The covered costs include tuition, course materials and accommodation with full board.
Please note: Travel costs to and from the course location, visa costs* and health insurance are at the expense of the participants.
*because the course is supported by the SDC (agency within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs) some consulates may exempt you from the visa costs. Please check with the consulate in your country when you apply for a visa.
For participants from Western Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand the costs are:
1200 CHF (approx. 990 Euro/ 1250 USD) for accommodation with half board
- Lunch (individual, about 8-10 CHF/meal)
- Transportation in Fribourg (63 CHF)
- Travel costs to and from the course location, visa costs (if necessary) and health insurance
- The tuition and course materials are covered by the Institute of Federalism
For participants from the University of Fribourg, the Summer University is credited as a BIC.
Upon successful completion of the course (paper and commentary, active participation, compulsory attendance and exams), participants will be awarded a Diploma by the Institute of Federalism and the University of Fribourg.
- ECTS conferred by the University of Fribourg
The final grade will be calculated as following:
- 2/6 Paper (taking into account the commentary)
- 1/6 Entrance exam
- 1/6 Participation during classes
- 2/6 Final exam
In order to successfully complete the Summer University, the participants must attend the whole course.
19 August - 06 September 2013
University of Fribourg, Perolles II, Fribourg, Switzerland
Accommodation: Convict Salesianum, Fribourg, Switzerland
The application window is now closed. Selected participants will be notified by the 26 April 2013.
Students of the University of Fribourg must register via Gestens. Please observe the deadlines of the Faculty of Law.
- Application deadline: 07 April 2013
- Confirmation of participation: 23 - 26 April 2013
- Deadline for paper submission: 16 June 2013
- Deadline for paper commentary: 07 July 2013
- Summer University: 19 August - 06 September 2013
For students from the University of Fribourg:
- Gestens registration: 28 June - 05 July 2013
- Deadline for paper submission: 04 August 2013
- Deadline for paper commentary: 11 August 2013
The Summer University is supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
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