Immersion and Mentoring

An immersion and mentoring programme of visits and career discussions with practitioners in international affairs


Experience the world of International Affairs in Geneva through our unique immersion programme which combines visits of several international organisations and discussions with high level practitioners, in small groups.

Sample Programme
 Organisation  Activity Speaker


Discussion about working with UNHCR and focus on the Rohingya crisis Deputy Director
Division of Programme Support and Management

World Health Organisation

Discussion about the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children Senior Advisor
Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children

World Trade Organisation

Discussion about the work at WTO, followed by Q&A session

Dispute Settlement Lawyer

World Economic Forum

Discussion about the work at WEF, followed by Q&A session

Delegates from WEF

Bank for International Settlement

Presentation of the activities of the Bank for International Settlements Administrators from the Bank

ICRC Museum

Visit of the permanent and temporary exhibition



Spring 2019 Semester mentor

Sorina I. Crisan
PhD in International Relations/Political Science

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During this spring semester, Sorina will design a programme of activities in line with the participants’ interests and will accompany them during their visits and discussions. She will offer advice to students on their studies and the related resources available at the Institute. She will also advise them on graduate studies in international affairs.

Originally from Romania, Crisan has been living abroad for the past fifteen years and has thus far studied, worked, or volunteered in eight different countries. After gaining her Baccalaureate degree, she lived in the U.S. to advance her education and work primarily for the U.S. Government and think tanks. Thereafter, she conducted research at Lund University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Sweden, and then studied French at Sorbonne University, in Paris. She has now lived in Geneva for the past five years, focusing on writing her PhD and working with the Joint Inspection Unit of the United Nations System, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, and our school.

Sorina holds an MA in International Relations and International Communications from Boston University, and a BA in Political Science from Bates College. She completed her PhD early this year. Her thesis is titled: “The Politics of Intervention: The Role of Psychological Distance in Foreign Policy Decision Making.” Her work focuses on: foreign policy analysis, international communication, international security, military alliance relations, military interventions, and political psychology (main regional expertise: North America and Western Europe; specific country expertise: Afghanistan, Australia, France, Germany, Iraq, the U.S., and Vietnam.)