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WTO, International Trade and Development

Geneva, Switzerland

The Graduate Institute's summer program WTO, International Trade and Development provides a unique opportunity to enter into the analysis and atmosphere of multilateral trade as the take part in the program just around the corner from the World Trade Organization.

Academic Details

This two-week, 3-credit course, delivered by SIS partner The Graduate Institute in Geneva, includes lectures and discussions that will deal with many dimensions of the challenges faced by trade analysts and negotiators across several interwoven domains. Students from around the world will participate in the program, creating not only an opportunity to network with others across disciplines and sectors, but across many international borders. 

The first week of the course will offer an interdisciplinary review of the features of international trade and the world trading system from the perspectives of economics, political science, and law. This part of the course aims at providing participants with a fluent understanding of the economics of free trade, the political implications of free-trade decisions, and the legal framework of the WTO system.

The second week of the program will be framed by the question of how trade works for development, and how the development paradigm poses particular challenges to a free-trade regime like the WTO. Covering trade in manufacturing, trade in agricultural products and trade in services, this week will integrate the economic perspectives in favor of trade, the legal frameworks within which trade liberalization takes place, and the political implications that restrict and drive liberalization.

During the course, participants may have the opportunity to interact with top officials while visiting the WTO, visit missions to the WTO of important developing countries, and visit some of the UN Organizations. Other options social events for participants will be organized by The Graduate Institute, including a welcome reception, barbecue, tours of the campus, excursions on Saturdays, and a farewell dinner.

Students will enroll directly at The Graduate Institute for both weeks of the program and receive credit from the Institute to be articulated on their AU transcripts.

2014 Program Schedule

Program dates: June 30 - July 11

Program Costs

AU tuition (see program guide for more details).

Who Should Attend

The interdisciplinary nature of the program is designed for graduate students with an interest in international trade, development, and international organizations, and is ideal for those who wish to improve their knowledge and expertise of current issues in WTO negotiations.


Students are required to make their own travel arrangements to and from Geneva and must find their own accommodations for the duration of the two week program. More details can be found in the program guide.

Application and Deadlines

Students must read the entire program guide before applying. The program guide can be found in the Forms section of this website. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis but must be received by February 24, 2014, for priority consideration.


As part of the review process, the Faculty Advisor may invite students to meet in order to discuss the submitted application. Once admitted to the Program by SIS, students receive notification via e-mail. At that time, students will be required to submit a non-refundable deposit of $250 to SIS, through a check or money order made payable to American University, to secure their place in the Program.

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Info Session

Tuesday, January 21, 5-6pm, SIS 115

Priority Application Deadline

February 24, 2014


Geneva 2014 Program Guide


Advisor Approval Form

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