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Annual trips and study abroad

Kosovo 2015

Photo's from previous trips are available on flickr

Human rights study trips

Each year the Human Rights Centre organises two study trips which give you opportunities to engage with human rights professionals, organisations, and institutions, and offer an insight into the practical application of human rights.

These trips allow access to individuals and institutions normally inaccessible to students, and give you a unique opportunity to experience the reality of human rights while enhancing your learning experience.

Trips are open to all Human Rights Centre students and are led by Human Rights Centre staff.

  • Geneva

    The Human Rights Institutions Trip is a core component of our commitment to promoting our student’s knowledge of how human rights are applied in practice. During a highly intensive three days we visit a number of key human rights institutions based in Geneva. Typically, these visits include the Human Rights Council, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Human Rights Committee, UNHCR, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the World Health Organisation and key non-governmental human rights organisations.

    The visits enable our students to attend key sessions of many of core human rights bodies and to meet with some of the professionals who contribute to the promotion and protection of human rights across the globe. The visits also afford invaluable networking opportunities in which students are able to discuss internship and employment opportunities with key human rights professionals.

    The trip also typically includes an evening in which existing students can meet with some of the many Essex alumni who have successfully secured professional human rights careers in Geneva.

  • Kosovo

    The Kosovo Trip offers an excellent insight into the complexities of attaining human rights coherence in ethnically divided and historically conflicted zones, and involves a week-long educational tour of the division and continuing tensions amongst ethnic Albanian, Serbian and Romani communities in the Balkans.

    The tour mainly takes place in and around the capital Pristina, the operaitional base of the international peacekeeping force. Students are given the opportunity to participate in panels with various UN organisations based in the area, to meet with local NGOs, to visit the local war crimes court, and to experience the reality of a post-conflict environment.

Information for current students

2018 trip information

Any queries please contact the Law & Human Rights events and communications team (5S.5.27), please email

Study abroad as part of your course

All our undergraduate courses are offered as four-year options, which include the opportunity to spend a year abroad at a partner university around the world including in Italy, France and Germany, as well as the United States, Mexico, Brazil and China. The year abroad normally takes place in your third year.

Life-changing experience

Essex Abroad is for the go-getters, the jet-setters, the explorers and adventurers. Get a glimpse of this life-changing experience, develop a genuine world view and prepare for life as a global citizen.