Applications 2017-2018

  • The application procedure requires a little time and effort. Please ensure that the Institute offers a programme that meets your aspirations, especially by examining the contents of this programme.

  • Your complete application will be assessed by a committee of professors who will evaluate in particular your academic performance, letters of recommendation, and motivation letter. The committee’s decision is final.

  • The main requirement to apply for one of our Master programmes is a Bachelor degree, or a degree deemed equivalent, in the social sciences, from an accredited university.

  • The main requirement to apply for one of our PhD programmes is a Master degree, or a degree deemed equivalent, in the social sciences, from an accredited university; and, to the extent possible, a Master level research dissertation completed successfully.

  • Please note that you are eligible to apply during the last year of your current study programme, provided you obtain your final degree by September 2017.


Application Deadlines

Deadlines are applied at midnight, Central European time.

Interdisciplinary & Disciplinary Master and PhD Degree Programmes 

  Application deadline Decision notification Confirmation deadline **
Late admission deadline 1st March 2017* Early April 2017 15 April 2017

* Referees will have until 7 March 2017 to submit their reference letters.

** Confirmation requires payment of a CHF 1,000 pre-registration fee, deducted from the first tuition invoice.

  • Late applications carry an application fee of CHF 200
  • It is no longer possible to apply for financial aid
  • Late applications will be considered per available space in each programme
  • Admitted students will start their studies at the Institute in September 2017


A 5-Step Application Process

  • Complete the online application form
  • Pay the application fee
  • Provide contact details for two academic referees (also on the application form).
  • Upload all your supporting documents (see Application Checklist) before the deadline (see above). All your documents will need to be uploaded onto the online application form; please do not send them by e-mail or regular mail.
  • Validate your application by clicking on "Submit".


To apply for our executive programmes, such as the LLM in International Law, please refer to their separate application procedures.


General Conditions