Choosing a university or graduate school is never easy. Your choice seems loaded with consequences for the precious years ahead. You know you are interested in International Relations, but you wonder about investing in this or in other career paths or businesses. For those who will be considering the choice you are about to make, we give this advice only: study what you already find interesting.
Throughout history the practice of diplomacy, and the study of what we now call “international relations”, has fascinated prince, politician and scholar alike. Yet today more than ever, in our increasingly shrinking modern world, there is an ever-growing need for trained professionals in the field. Governments, international organisations and non-governmental organisations alike increasingly seek to hire the well-educated specialist. Come and study at The Geneva School of Diplomacy & International Relations and enhance your theoretical- and practical skills to prepare yourself for your dreamed future in diplomacy.
GSD is a small, private university institute located in the heart of the most diplomatic neighbourhood on the planet: Geneva, Switzerland. Attracting students from all over the world, GSD is committed to offering the highest level of education to a small number of qualified students. We offer Academic Degree Programmes from the Bachelor to the Doctorate level and Tailored Training specialised in International Relations and Diplomacy.
All courses are taught in English by our highly distinguished faculty, including world renowned professors, statesmen, stateswomen and ambassadors instructing classic and cutting-edge thought in International Relations. Because of the small class sizes, you will have exclusive and personal interaction with our professors and with other students. Studying at GSD is a truly multicultural learning environment that blends intellectual and cultural stimulation.
Another good reason to come to GSD and to Geneva is all the internship possibilities the city (and our direct neighbours) has to offer you. All GSD students must complete, and will have the opportunity to do an internship to gain practical experience and make valuable contacts at high profile international organizations, NGO’s, and National Missions.
Because we are a school, we do not only focus on the importance of theory, but even more on the importance of our graduates possessing the right skills. We offer a unique combination of conceptual courses focused on theory and the development of essential diplomatic skills, such as:
Dispute Settlement and Conflict Resolution
Cross-cultural Communication Skills
Speaker and Presentation Skills
Bachelor in International Relations
Our three-year study course in the Bachelor of Arts in International Relations (BA-IR) Programme is challenging, stimulating and practical. The BA-IR Programme aims to introduce students to the broad field of International Relations, its basic concepts, theories and methods, as well as specialised and interdisciplinary fields. Students will be trained in research, analytical, and presentation/communication skills. The BA-IR Programme has been established to cater for the interests of students seeking both a broad scholarly understanding of the way the world works, and/or for those preparing for a variety of employment options related to international careers in government, business, non-government organisations, media and international agencies.
Master in International Relations
The Master of International Relations (MIR) Programme is a prestigious, well-rounded and challenging programme geared toward preparing ambitious students to take their place in the competitive international relations marketplace, or to prepare students for further study in the field.
The MIR Programme provides students with advanced training, by way of one year of coursework, practical work experience (internship) and an academic dissertation, in the general methods, scope, theories, and findings in the field of International Relations. After completion of the one year programme you will receive 90 ECTS. MIR gives a systematic preparation for original postgraduate research or for a demanding international career; and it constitutes a programme of training for those who have graduated in other fields and wish to transfer to International Relations.
Find out from our students what it’s like to study at GSD:
Student Mariana Suarez Jimenez, Masters in International Relations, 2016t:
‘On completing a BA in International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, I felt educationally confident, however I longed for hands on experience where my voice and opinions were heard and refined. GSD offered this opportunity in three ways. Its prime location, where diplomacy takes place on a daily basis, inspires study and purpose. The schools’ assistance in finding an internship takes you out of a classroom and into the offices of International Institutions, NGOs and Missions. Finally, the special nature of the classes, where the professor does not lecture to a sea of apple labelled laptops but instead mentors to a handful of diligent students willing to understand the intricacies of international affairs. The Geneva School of Diplomacy is a spring board into the industry of mending the world’s problems.’
Student Donis Sadushaj, Bachelor in International Relations, 2016 (1st Year)
‘After experiencing an internship in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Albania and working with professionals, I decided to follow the studies of International Relations and Diplomacy at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations. Geneva is the greatest city of international relations in the world and the Geneva School of Diplomacy is the best place for those who want to pursue Diplomacy studies.
I chose to study at GSD because of the uniqueness of the Programme, the School reputation and the distinguished Professors. My first year at GSD has offered me so far an intellectual formation and has deepened my knowledge in world affairs and in the ethics of Diplomacy.
I welcome the opportunities to further cultivate my passion for Diplomacy and looking forward to becoming a future decision maker.’
Application Deadline for all programmes is June 15, 2016!
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Programmes start in September 2016 or February 2017.
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