Smith College
5–year Joint BA/MA Programme

Smith College and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva have established a programme that will enable a small number of students to complete a BA from Smith and an MA from the Graduate Institute in 5 years, instead of the normal 6 years.


Participating Smith College students will spend the fall semester of their senior year in Geneva, at the Graduate Institute. They will return to Smith for their final semester and for graduation. They will then return to Geneva for a 5th year. Most classes are taught in English. Students with limited or no French will study French as part of their programme in Geneva.

MA Programmes at the Institute

The MA programmes available at the Graduate Institute are of two categories:

  • Disciplinary masters: Master in Anthropology and Sociology, Master in International Economics, Master in International History, Master in International Law, Master in International Relations/Political Science.
  • Interdisciplinary masters: Master in International Affairs, Master in Development Studies.


Smith College is a small, selective liberal arts college located in Northampton, Massachusetts. It has a long-standing affiliation with the Institute, and maintained a junior year abroad program in Geneva continuously since 1946.


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