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United Nations Geneva Human Rights Tour 2020

Date: From Sunday 12 July 2020 to Saturday 18 July 2020
Venue: Geneva, Switzerland

GoGlobal Fund: £400
Apply by: 16 March 2020

The 5-day programme in Geneva offers undergraduate and postgraduate students practical insights into the work of Geneva-based UN human rights institutions, such as the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

This will be combined with visits to local human rights NGOs collaborating with the UN in Geneva, including the International Service for Human Rights and FIAN International, advocating for the right to food.

The Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT), a highly respected NGO, will be the official host of the study programme.

The United Nations Geneva Human Rights Tour provides students with a unique opportunity to gain insight and understanding of international human rights in practice. In particular, students will learn how human rights are discussed, negotiated, agreed and contested by actors of the international community, as well as the skills with which human rights are promoted and defended by a range of non-state actors with the ambition to advance human rights implementation in practice. 

We recommend students to explore Geneva's Old Town. On Wednesday afternoon, after visiting the Maison de la Paix, a barbecue will be offered between the Maison de la Paix and Lake Geneva. Should the weather not be favourable, we will combine the visit of the Maison de la Paix with a visit to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

There is GoGlobal funding available for up to 15 students. The trip will need at least 8 participants to go ahead. 

Who is eligible to apply?

Undergraduate students at level 5 (Human Rights related modules), level 6 (Law and Criminology) as well as post-graduate students at level 7 (Human Rights related modules) are eligible to apply on a-first-come-first-serve basis.

There is a possibility you may be invited for an interview as part of the selection process.

Travel and accommodation

We will take care of the travel, accommodation and insurance arrangements, in collaboration with Key Travel. Accommodation will be in single/shared student accommodation or equivalent.

Visa & vaccinations

UK/EU/EEA nationals will not require a visa to travel to Switzerland.

Non-UK/EU/EEA nationals will require a visa to travel to Switzerland. Please contact the International Experience Team if you require advice.

Students must meet the immigration requirements of Switzerland. Please check the Switzerland entry requirements for details.

Estimated total cost of trip per student

    Estimated total cost - £820
    Student contribution - £200
    GoGlobal Fund - £400

    The Department of Law and Criminology and the Helena Kennedy Centre are providing £220 per student towards the cost of this project. 

    Please note that you may need to cover some additional costs for insurance, cultural activities, transport for sightseeing, food and drink (for 7 days), and visa (if applicable).

    Application deadline

    Please apply for both the project and GoGlobal funding here, by:

    • 16 March 2020

    There is GoGlobal funding available for up to 15 students. Please read the GoGlobal Fund Guidance carefully and note that you are only permitted on GoGlobal grant per academic year.

    Once your individual application has been approved by the GoGlobal Fund panel, you will be required to pay the non-refundable deposit by the following deadline:

    • 3 April 2020

    A special link to make the payment will be announced in due course.

    If you'd like to take part in the project and do not require the GoGlobal Funding, please email the project organiser directly.

    For more information about this trip please email

    For questions regarding your GoGlobal application, please contact Student Funding

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