The Graduate Institute Geneva Geneva, Switzerland

Chillon Castle on the banks of Lake Geneva with the snow-capped mountains behind it

The Graduate Institute, founded in 1927, is selective and cosmopolitan. Located in the heart of Geneva, it specializes in the study of the major global, international, and transnational challenges facing the contemporary world. It also offers professional development programs and expertise to international actors from the public, private, and non-profit sectors. The strong, close-knit community at the Graduate Institute offers a wealth of expertise, includes both accomplished specialists and junior researchers, and is reinforced by a commitment to interdisciplinary cooperation. The Institute’s strong ties to the international community in Geneva provide students with remarkable opportunities to experience global interconnectivity in the heart of Europe.

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester
September - December
Spring Semester
February - May


Students will enroll as full-time students for one semester alongside the Institute's graduate students, and earn up to 9 credits toward their graduate degree from AU. Students who wish to spend more than one semester must reapply to the program and will not be given priority status. Programs of study include:

  • Anthropology & Sociology of Development
  • Development Economics (PhD only)
  • Development Studies (MA only)
  • International Affairs (MA only)
  • International Economics
  • International History
  • International Law
  • International Relations/Political Science

Language Requirement

A basic knowledge of French is helpful for exchange students. The Graduate Institute operates a bilingual policy which allows students to express themselves in class and submit written work in either English or French, regardless of the language through which the course is taught. While knowledge of the French language will offer students a more extensive range of course choices, it is not a requirement for admission, and many courses are offered completely in English across the various programs of study.

Application Deadlines

Spring 2018: October 6, 2017
Fall 2018: March 12, 2018

Applicants are required to submit a non-refundable $50 application fee.

You will be notified by email with a decision regarding your nomination for study abroad.

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Suggested Program Match

This program is compatible with all SIS programs.

Students may take courses in any graduate program provided the student meets the state academic requirements.

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