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  • Locations: Strasbourg, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:


What You Need to Know

Focusing on both European and non-European jurisdictions, the course will introduce students to contemporary debates about the role of religion in public and political life, familiarize them with critical human and women’s rights issues across different religious traditions and political systems by specifically discussing contemporary multicultural and pluri-legal challenges to universal human rights values and principles. The course will link together the study of aspects of European human rights law and of specific Asian and African legal systems, as well as comparative state-church relations, creating much room for individual specialization of students, built on a common core of covered material. The course, which will be of interest to students studying law, international relations and political sciences, with an emphasis on human rights, religion, Islam, the Middle East, Western Europe, and women and gender studies, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. As part of the course, students will attend hearings at the European Court of Human Rights; there will also be guest speakers from the Council of Europe, the Court and local French universities who will deliver lectures on various topics. This course can count as an IR Senior Capstone. This course can be combined with French for Diplomacy or a Summer Internship in Strasbourg.

Travel and Living

Students arrange and pay for their own round-trip transatlantic flight to Strasbourg. Transportation for program-related field trips are arranged by SU Abroad and are included in the program fee. You will live in a private home with French hosts who provide breakfast and one main meal daily during their stay except on weekends when breakfast only will be provided. Graduate students who choose to arrange and pay for their own housing in Strasbourg must notify the SU Abroad office of their decision at the time of application.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not purchase your airline ticket before receiving written notification from us that you can book your flight. You will have to present this notification if we cancel the program at a later date, and you want to be reimbursed for the cost of the ticket.

*Travel and living arrangements are subject to change.  SU Abroad will provide detailed information prior to the program start date.

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Religion, Law, and Human Rights in Comparative Perspective
IRP/MES/PSC 400.1/600.1, 3 Credits, Undergraduate/Graduate

*It is the student's responsibility to confirm with their home school/college that the course(s) taken as part of this program will satisfy their degree requirements.


Yüksel Sezgin is an associate professor of political science at Syracuse University.  He is the author of Human Rights under State-Enforces Religious Family Laws in Israel, Egypt, and India (Cambridge University Press, 2013).  He previously taught at Harvard University, Princeton University, City University of New York, and the University of Washington.  He has held consultancies with the UN Women, UNDP, WHO, USAID, and research positions at Princeton University, Columbia University, American University in Cairo, University of Delhi, and Bielefeld University.

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 Program begins:  May 17, 2018
 Program ends:  June 22, 2018 
 Application deadline:  February 10*

*Applications received after February 10 will be considered if there is still space in the program.


 UNDERGRADUATE (3 credits)
 Tuition  $3,603 (2017 rate)
 Program Fee   $1,700 (estimated rate) 
 Total  $5,303 (estimated) 
 GRADUATE (3 credits)
 Tuition  $4,500 (2017 rate)
 Program Fee   $1,700 (estimated rate) 
 Total  $6,200 (estimated)

Please note: All costs are estimated and subject to change. 

Additional Financial Information: We estimate that students should budget accordingly for the following expenses:

Air travel: $1,400
Books & Supplies: $50
Personal: $500
Lunches and other meals: $600

These figures are for expenses not covered in the tuition or program fee and are paid out-of-pocket.


For questions on the application, please contact:
Kelsey Hanbach, Admissions Counselor for Summer Programs (

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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.