International Affairs, Trade and Development at the Graduate Institute Geneva, Switzerland

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The Graduate Institute's summer program International Affairs: Trade and Development provides students a unique opportunity to examine and understand the role international organizations to protect and ensure human rights and humanitarian action, health and environment, and global migration. Throughout the program, an interdisciplinary approach allows students to acquire knowledge in International Law, Political Science, International Relations, International Economics and International History. 

Program Dates

June 15-July 10, 2020 (dates are tentative)

Program fee

Students will be responsible for 3-credits AU tuition for their participation in the program. All students are responsible for international airfare, in-country transport, meals, immunizations and visa fees. 


In this four week, 3-credit course, students will be involved in lectures and discussions that will deal with the international organizations and how global governance tackles some of our worlds' most pressing issues. Topics students will explore include:

  • Week 1: The Global Environmental Crisis: Rising the Challenges
  • Week 2: Humanitarianism : It's History and Politics
  • Week 3 : Security and Insecurity Today
  • Week 4 : Global Health Challenges of the 21st Century

During the course, participants may have the opportunity to interact with top officials while visiting international organizations. 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.

At the end of the 4 weeks, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the founding and functioning of international institutions
  • Analyze their cooperation challenges in specific cases, such as migration issues
  • Appraise key global issues such as security, human rights, humanitarian action, climate change and the environment
  • Engage with leading academics and practitioners about the future of such challenges

Application Deadline

February 21, 2020

If more space is available, applications will move to a rolling basis after this deadline until early March. You will be notified by email with a decision regarding your nomination for study abroad. At that time, students will be required to submit a non-refundable deposit of $300.

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Suggested Program Match

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