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International Affairs

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

24 months
7248 EUR/year
4530 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The International Affairs programme of Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is an intensive two-year programme offering an interdisciplinary approach to the study of global governance. The programme offers students a sound understanding of the actors, policies and processes that are shaping global governance today.


Areas of Study

The curriculum of the International Affairs programme of Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies combines the integration of different disciplines, analytical rigour and methodological competences with substantive knowledge in thematic specialisations.

Together with professional skills workshops, the use of interactive pedagogical methods, a capstone project and a thesis, students will gain the conceptual and practical tools necessary to pursue leadership positions in diplomacy, international organisations, government and the private sector.

The programme combines training in quantitative and qualitative research methods with a wide choice of courses offering perspectives from the Institute’s core disciplines: anthropology, economy, history, law, political science and sociology.

The programme offers students the possibility to specialise in one of three thematic tracks:

  • Global Security
  • Trade & International Finance
  • Environment, Resources & Sustainability

The programme also includes the completion of a  Capstone Project where students work with one of the Graduate Institute’s partner organisation, participation in professional skills workshops, and the option to validate an internship for credit.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Statistical Methods for Social Sciences
  • Social Inquiry and Qualitative Methods for International Affairs and Development
  • Applying Organisation Theories to Practice
  • Gender and International Affairs
  • Global Governance and Regulation: Actors and Processes
  • International Policy Analysis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You should hold, or at least receive upon arrival, a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in a discipline relevant to your study programme, from an accredited university
    • Professional experience and extracurricular activities are not compulsory but can be an asset to your application
    • Complete the online application form
    • Pay the application fee
    • Provide contact details for two academic referees on the application form
    • Upload all your supporting documents before the deadline

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    7248 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7248 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • National

    4530 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4530 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • Non-resident students: CHF 8,000 per year
  • Resident students: CHF 5,000 per year

Living costs for Genève

1925 - 2850 CHF /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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