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  • Justin Elliott's Studies in Geneva

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    I can still remember the feeling of standing inside of the World Trading Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. My thoughts ranged from “wow, I feel really important” to “never could I have imagined an opportunity such as this.” This visit was just one of many, including our…

  • Credit: Justin Elliott
  • Major: Economics
  • Tags: Duke in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Cowbells

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    My favorite sound is now officially the melody of Swiss cowbells. After hiking up Mont Salève (aka "Balcony of Geneva") after class one day, my friends and I were surprised to hear such a loud and seemingly out-of-place muted rumble of cowbells. We soon thereafter came upon…

  • Credit: Ashley Middleton
  • Major: Public Policy
  • Tags: Duke in Geneva, Switzerland
  • The Alps

  • The French Alps is one of the most spectacular places on Earth. I completed the Duke in Geneva program, and because Geneva is in such close proximity to France I was able to travel there often. On a weekend trip to France, with students and professors from the program, I was…

  • Credit: Terrence Neal
  • Tags: Duke in Geneva, France
  • A Country of Many Colors

  • I completed the Duke in Geneva summer program. Switzerland is a beautiful country scattered with medieval towns and alpine scenery. This photo was taken on a weekend trip to the Swiss city of Lausanne, which is located on the banks of Lake Geneva. I felt like the abundance of color and…

  • Credit: Terrence Neal
  • Tags: Duke in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Confluence of Ideas & Rivers

  • Two rivers with very different colors converge in Geneva, Switzerland. The tan colored Arve river originates in the French Alps and joins the blue colored Rhone river, which originates in the Swiss Alps, near downtown Geneva. In many ways, the confluence of the rivers remind me of the intermixing of foreign…

  • Credit: Terrence Neal
  • Tags: Duke in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Sea of Ice

  • The French Alps is one of the most spectacular places on Earth. On a weekend trip there, with students and professors from the Duke in Geneva program, I was able to see both Europe's tallest mountain and France's largest glacier, Mer de Glace (pictured). Seeing a glacier and going inside of…

  • Credit: Terrence Neal
  • Tags: Duke in Geneva
  • The Peak

  • After hiking several hours to reach the top, the view awaiting me was surreal. I had never before realized how small I am in comparison to the world around me. I’m an American—a Duke student on top of that—what can stop me? To the vastness of the world, it does not…

  • Credit: Seth Johnson
  • Tags: Duke in Geneva, Switzerland
  • The World at Our Fingertips

  • This photograph, taken at the Berlin Wall in July 2014, truly sums up my abroad experience. I had the opportunity to spend almost six months studying and traveling in Europe. This picture captures my pure joy, as I was able to explore 12 new countries and cultures. I had the world…

  • Credit: Colette Kolenda
  • Tags: Duke in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Swiss Bliss

    Dear Global Education Office,

    So many times I would just go into the city, walk around the lake, and admire the Swiss beauty.  The lake, the mountains, the boats, the jet all make for scenery that you can't imagine anywhere else.  There truly is a serenity that exists here…

  • Credit: Ethan Levine
  • Major: Undecided
  • Tags: Duke in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • A Weekend to Remember in Berlin

    What a weekend we spent in Berlin! It was wonderful to be able to explore the city on our own time frame and with transportation provided by the program. My friends and I took the opportunity to explore Museum Island on foot on Friday, to…

  • Credit: Holly Dayton
  • Major: History
  • Tags: Duke in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Chess

  • Although it is known for being the most international city in Europe, there were still times where I experienced the dreaded language barrier during my stay in Geneva. My inability to speak more than three words in French occasionally hindered communication in small stores and restaurants. While these instances were infrequent…

  • Credit: Christiana Chen
  • Tags: Duke in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Take a Break

  • As students, we sometimes allow ourselves to become so obsessed with achieving academic success that we get caught up in the pressure and let the stress dictate our lives and happiness. Halfway through the Duke in Geneva program, our professors gave us a break from studying and took us to Chamonix…

  • Credit: Christiana Chen
  • Tags: Duke in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    Fete-de-Geneve

    It seems all so perfect and romantic. My last day in Geneva was also the last day of the Fete-de-Geneve (the Geneva Festival). The beautiful city bade me farewell in the most wonderful manner - with fireworks blazing over Lake Geneva for hours into the night.…

  • Credit: Arun Karottu
  • Tags: Duke in Geneva, Switzerland, summer
  • Principe Pio - Madrid, Spain