The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

The Graduate Institute is an institution of research and higher education (Master and PhD) specialised in the study of the major global, international and transnational challenges facing the contemporary world. It also offers professional development programmes and expertise to international actors from the public, private and non-profit sectors.

Educational programmes

The Graduate Institute offers seven master’s degree programmes, two of which are interdisciplinary, as well as four LL.M (Master of Laws) programmes and six disciplinary PhD programmes.

For professionals, the Institute offers executive education such as degree-granting programmes, for example the Executive Master in Development Policies and Practices, as well as short and customised modules.

Internships or projects

The Master in International Affairs and in Development Studies offers the possibility to validate an internship for a value of 3 ECTS. These two programmes, as well as the Master in International History, contain an “Applied Research Seminar” in which a group of two to four students conduct a research project in favour of a partner of the Institute (ICRC, HCR, WTO, etc.). The Master in International Law contains a similar format: the Trade and Investment Law Clinic.

The Executive Master in Development Policies and Practices also incorporates an applied study in relation to a professional activity (at headquarters or/and in the field) in its curriculum.

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Geneva, Switzerland

Training and research fields
Humanitarian aid, development cooperation; human rights and peace promotion; economic development cooperation; international law; international history; political science; international affairs; international economics; anthropology and sociology

The Graduate Institute offers programmes in Geneva, a double master’s with Harvard Kennedy School in the United States, joint BA/MA programmes with Beijing University in China and Smith College in the United States, as well as exchange programmes with 41 partner universities around the world.

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