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  • Locations: Brussels, Belgium; Casablanca, Morocco; Marrakesh, Morocco; Rabat, Morocco; Tangier, Morocco; Various (Remote), United States
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: English Housing options: Hostel/Hotel
Areas of study: European Studies, History, Human Rights, International Relations, Politics Class standing: 0 - First Year, 1 - Sophmore, 2 - Junior
Program Description:
The Diplomacy and Human Rights in the Mediterranean program will be led by Mietek Boduszynski, Associate Professor of Politics in summer 2024.

What role can diplomacy play in promoting human rights and democracy abroad? Can the pursuit of national interest be reconciled with the benevolent desire to promote human rights? This immersive seminar explores the challenges facing those who would use the tools of diplomacy to promote democracy and human rights in Europe and North Africa. From migration to gender, and from elections to civil society, we will explore what democracy and human rights are, how diplomacy can promote them, and why the Mediterranean region provides a rich and complex context in which to observe the challenges of striving for a world in which more people can live in freedom and dignity.

The country sites for the seminar are Belgium and Morocco. Students will go behind the scenes with policymakers and diplomats, as well as speak with NGOs and scholars about how states, intergovernmental organizations, and non-state actors use diplomacy as a means of advancing their human rights agendas.

One key theme in the course is that human rights and democracy often compete with other pressing foreign policy challenges of the day. On the northern side of the Mediterranean lie allies with whom the United States works closely on democracy and human rights promotion throughout the world. On the southern side lie countries where the goal of promoting democracy and human rights at times comes into conflict with key national security objectives such as deterring Russia, containing China, fighting terrorism, ensuring access to energy resources, and stemming the flow of migrants--not to mention economic and commercial interests.
Academic Program:
This program earns 1 Pomona credit. Students will be evaluated on three quizzes, three reflection papers (2-3 pages each), participation, and the final project on Diplomacy and Human Rights. Lectures and site-visits are conducted 6 days per week throughout the travel component of the course.

Program Dates: May 20 – June 28, 2024
Pre-Departure Coursework (remote): May 20-24, 2024
Coursework in Belgium: May 26-June 1, 2024
Coursework in Morocco: June 1-14, 2024
Post-Travel Coursework (remote): June 17-28, 2024
Program Fee:
$6,249 per student (includes tuition, housing, some meals, course-related activities and excursions, and transportation in and between international locations)
Estimated Additional Expenses: (not included in program fee)
Roundtrip airfare (flying into Brussels and out of Rabat): $2000 (estimate based out of LAX; students arrange their own flights from the location of their choice)
Additional meals not included in the fee: $390
Visa (if required): $111

Withdrawal and Refund Policy:
Pomona College makes significant financial commitments based on expected student participation. Students will be subject to the following
withdrawal policy after signing the enrollment agreement:

Withdrawal and Refund Policy.pdf

Financial Aid: 
Limited need-based grants from Pomona College are available for Pomona College students to cover program costs. Awards will be based on the same percentage of financial aid each student receives for their semester tuition. Students from other Claremont Colleges should inquire about whether financial aid is available through their home school.
Students are also encouraged to apply for national and program-specific scholarships to cover the program costs. A list of national scholarship resources can be found here. Students can also apply for the following program-specific scholarships:

EU Center - Summer Grant (open to Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps students only)
Living Arrangements:
The group will stay in hotels in each location.
Number of Students:
Enrollment is 10-15 students.
  • This program is open to all majors.
  • Participants must be enrolled students at the Claremont Colleges and must not have graduated prior to the start of the program.
  • Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing to apply for and participate in this program.
Students will be required to meet with Professor Boduszynski prior to submitting the program application. Please contact to request an application.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.