Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

Genève, Switzerland
The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is a leading institution of research and higher education dedicated to the study of world affairs, with a particular emphasis on the cross-cutting fields of international relations and development issues.



The Graduate Institute owes its reputation to its historical legacy and renowned alumni, the quality of its cosmopolitan faculty, the strength of its core disciplines (economics, history, law, political science, development studies) and its policy-relevant approach to international affairs.


The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is one of the worlds leading centres of teaching and research which focuses on international relations and development issues. The Institute has a long-standing reputation of excellence and shares strong ties with the international and non-governmental organisations in Geneva as well as being home to a diverse and vibrant group of students and faculty from all over the world.


The task of the Institute’s Centres and Programmes is to contribute to the analysis of current global issues drawing on the intellectual resources of International Geneva, and to disseminate the results of the research in a format useful to international actors through publications, roundtables and executive education courses.


Career Services matches public and private sector employers with highly motivated and skilled students and recent graduates. Among other activities, this service provides recruitment assistance to companies and organisations as well as hosts career events including workshops on professional skills and disseminates exclusive internship and job offers to a well trained public.

Master's Programmes

Social Sciences (4)
Business & Management (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Humanities (1)
Law (1)


Student services

  • Registration certificate

At the beginning of the semester, all students will receive an invoice for the semester’s tuition fees. As soon as your payment will be registered, you will find your certificate of registration for the semester on your Campus account, under “reporting” (personal secure access).

  • Reception Desk

The Reception Desk is available for general information and administrative questions regarding your stay in Geneva and your studies at the Institute.

Housing services

The planned construction of the Student House will be situated above the future Sécheron P+R (Park and Ride). The lodgings will be on the upper floors to minimise the impact of rail traffic on the occupants.Some 200 lodgings (studios and apartments) are available starting in 2012.The residence will be joined to the "Maison de la paix" by a pedestrian walkway, planned by the City of Geneva. This will allow the students to access the lecture halls and the library on foot.

Library services

The library houses more than 300,000 specialist works, 1000 journals and 4500 films on the topics of international relations and development. Located close to the international organisations, it is open to any individual interested in international relations or development.

ICT services

This platform was designed to introduce the professors, students, and key figures who visit the Institute. In interviews, audio and video presentations, they express their views on current events, teaching and research, or simply discuss their personal experience at the Institute.

Medical services

Health insurance is compulsory for all students.

Student Life

Campus life

Located in the heart of international Geneva, next to a host of international organizations, NGO's, diplomatic missions and multinational firms, the Graduate Institute represents a unique interface between the theory and practice of international relations and offers its students unique employment and internship opportunities.

In 2012, the Institute will inaugurate the «Campus de la paix», a site comprised of several buildings which will house all of its activities. The «Maison de la paix» and the Student Residence, and several renovated buildings, including the Villa Moynier and the Villa Barton, or buildings allocated to new uses, such as the building in the Rue Rothschild.

Sports facilities

Geneva is an ideal city for amateurs of sports. Walk into the train station early on a Sunday morning and you will be surprised by the number of people with back-packs on their shoulders, ready for a long day hike. In the winter, Geneva offers some of the best skiing in the Alps as close as 45 minutes away. Local buses bring skiers to the nearby slopes of Chamonix, Flaine, Les Portes du Soleil, Zermatt, Verbier and other such renowned ski areas. Alternatively, Lake Geneva the largest lake in Europe is an inviting environment for water sports.

Student clubs

Geneva is home to the European headquarters of the United Nations and hosts about 200 distinct international organisations. Consequently, the citys population is extremely diverse, uniting cultures, traditions, cuisines and languages from all parts of the world. Approximately 40% of Genevas inhabitants are foreigners.


The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is accredited by the Conférence Universitaire Suisse.

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