The Geneva School of Diplomacy & International Relations (GSD)
- small, private & exclusive university institute
located in Geneva’s Domaine de Penthes
- in the heart of the most international and diplomatic neighbourhood
The 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.
MUNPlanet: For the ones in a hurry, tell us why should everyone choose your course over any other in the world?
The campus of GSD is situated on the grounds of the Chateau de Pentes in the very heart of International and Diplomatic Geneva. GSD Students have access to the impressive & rich library of the United Nations.
The mission of the Geneva School of Diplomacy & International Relations is to produce university graduates with:
The best diplomatic skills in the world
A strong humanitarian committment
GSD programmes are a unique combination of conceptual courses in diplomacy and international relations and applied internship within the diplomatic community or an international organization to prepare students for their future careers
MUNPlanet: Students attend courses such as yours to improve their knowledge. What are some key skills that the participants will be able to improve/acquire by attending your course?
Putting theory into practice
Develop and refine analytical skills
Develop leadership skills
Develop & build articulate vision
Develop multicultural and intercultural understanding
- Become a professional
MUNPlanet: Who can be described as a perfect candidate? What is their academic background, what are their interests, etc.
A candidate with a good level of English and a strong interest in Diplomacy and International Relations
MUNPlanet: Where are your former students today?
Local or National Government bodies
- International Affairs
MUNPlanet: Three years of studies is a long period. How do you plan to make them memorable for all your students?
GSD offers its students the opportunity to gain practical experience and make valuable contacts through internships at high-profile international organizations, NGOs, and National Missions!
Just some of the internship opportunities made available to our students:
National Permanent Missions to the United Nations
MUNPlanet: One of the important aspects of this course is location. The city of Geneva has a 4 thousand year long history. What can it offer to the students in regards of social activities and sightseeing?
Switzerland is one of the world’s most beautiful countries. Mountains, lakes, pastures, clean and beautiful towns. Geneva is located at the heart of Europe, close to all the major cities.
MUNPlanet: 40% of Geneva’s residents come from outside the Switzerland. This makes it the most international city in the world. Is international diversity important to you and your program?
Yes, our School is very International, our students come to Geneva from all over the World.
MUNPlanet: Does Geneva School of Diplomacy offer programmes for younger students, such as shorter summer schools for example?
Summer School in International Relations & Diplomacy
- Introduction to the world of International Relations and opportunity to meet with the actors within
- Flexible programme combining specialized lectures and guided visits to selected international organizations located in the neighborhood.
Target group: High school students; 1st year university students
MUNPlanet: Hosting a program in a country known for its superb chocolate must be a dealmaker when it comes to your attendees. Can you share in on a little secret with our audience? Where can they get the best chocolate in the town?
Most popular swiss chocolate brands are: Cailler, Toblerone, Lindt, Frey, Suchard etc. It’s possible to buy these chocolate brands in all big shops in Geneva.
MUNPlanet: What is the most important lesson that each of your students will be taking with them once the course is over?
“ Understanding the world around us – past, present and future – and influencing that world in a more humane and productive direction, is what the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations is all about. “
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