The Graduate Institute Geneva Geneva, Switzerland

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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: October 1
Fall: March 1

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.

Please note: This program is competitive and submitting an application does not guarantee admission.

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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Studying in a truly international city

My classes fit my professional goal of working in international humanitarian aid

While in Geneva, I took courses in humanitarianism, migration, and international responses to crises. I made great connections in the international aid community, took courses with classmates and professors from around the world, and conducted research at the United Nations and the Red Cross. Living in a French-speaking city forced me to keep improving my French, which will also help me professionally.