Frequently Asked Questions

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General Questions

 

Q: I want to switch to another Master programme offered at the Graduate Institute. How do I go about it?
 
A: Please get in touch with the Admission office (admission@graduateinstitute.ch) and send them a motivation letter (with a comprehensive argument why you feel you are in the wrong programme, and how the new programme would better contribute to your academic and professional goals). The decision will then be taken by the Director of Studies after consultation of the two heads ot programme/department concerned...
 
Q: I have questions regarding the academic regulations.
 
A: Please carefully read the academic regulations, and if you sill have questions, get in touch by email with Dr Laurent Neury (laurent.neury@graduateinstitute.ch).
 
Q: I am lost in terms of my academic and professional objectives, specifically in terms of how to structure my programme, what specializations to take, what courses to focus on, etc. What should I do? 
 
A: For general questions, please get in touch by email with the coordinator of the interdisciplinary programmes, Dr. Victor J. Willi at victor.willi@graduateinstitute.ch.
For questions relating to content and structure of specific courses, please get in touch directly with the professor teaching that course.
For technical advices on procedures and deadlines (for instance concerning the registration process) , Mr. James Sellaro at mdev-mia@graduateinstitute.ch.
 
Q: I need to take a leave of absence from the Institute for professional or personal reasons. How do I go about this?
 
A: Please address  a motivated request with documents attesting the leave necessity to Mr. James Sellaro by email at mdev-mia@graduateinstitute.ch. In case of health reasons, you need to present of medical certificate. 
 
Q: I am not sure if I am fulfilling my degree requirements. How can I find out?
 
A: Please get in touch by email with Dr Laurent Neury or Dr Victor Willi, writing in detail what your problem is. 

 

Courses

 

Q: I have a scheduling problem regarding a course, or would like to de-register from a courses. What should I do?
 
A: If you cannot do it by yourself and think it is a technical problem, please contact the Service Desk, located on the ground floor of Petal 1, P1-367, or by email to servicedesk@graduateinstitute.ch.

Q: I would like to obtain credits for a course offered by an institution of higher learning other than the Graduate Institute. How do I go about this?
 
A: Fill out and sign this form and submit it to Mr. James Sellaro at mdev-mia@graduateinstitute.ch.
 
Q: What is the maximum number of courses I can get credits for from an institution of higher learning other than the Graduate Institute?
 
A: The maximum number of credits that can be obtained this way is 12 for the all curriculum.
 
Q: I feel I have already substantial knowledge in one of the compulsory courses offered as part of the interdisciplinary Master programmes. Can I ask for a substitution?
 
A: Please fill out and sign this form, highlighting the course you plan to substitute and its proposed replacement, together with the syllabus and results transcript of the courses you followed during your previous curriculum  and submit it to Mr. James Sellaro at mdev-mia@graduateinstitute.ch. For the course “Statistical Methods for Social Sciences”, offered during the first semester, a waiver test will be organised in the first half of September. It is mandatory to take either the course or the waiver test. If you feel you have a solid background in basic statistics, we encourage you to take the test. Further information will be provided over the summer, including the syllabus and reading material from previous years.

 

Workshop

 

Q: What is the maximum amount of workshops I can register for during the same semester?
 
A: The maximum number of workshops is two per semester.
 
Q: The workshop I am interested in is fully booked and I am on a waiting list. What do I do?
 
A: If you cannot get a place in a workshop of your liking, don’t worry. All workshops held in one semester will also be offered during the following semester, unless otherwise announced.
 
Q: The workshop I am interested in is fully booked and I am on a waiting list. Is there a way to increase the effectives of places for this workshop?
 
A: The workshops are designed in such a way that the number of effectives corresponds to the best possible learning outcomes for the participants. Therefore, in order not to dilute the quality of teaching, the number of effectives will not be increased.
 
Q: I would like to de-register from a workshop I am already registered for after registration has already closed. How do I go about this?
 
A: Please write a short email to Mr. James Sellaro at mdev-mia@graduateinstitute.ch with a rationale of why you want to de-register.

 

Capstone Projects

 

Q: What is a Capstone project?
 
A: The Capstone Projects are applied research projects, where teams of two to three students conduct research on a theme of topic related to global governance or international development. The Capstone projects are applied and practical research seminars that are undertaken in collaboration with an external partner and academically supervised by one of the Institute’s faculty members. The Capstones are firmly anchored within the activities of Geneva-based organizations, including governmental, non-governmental, international and not-for-profit organizations, as well as private sector corporations, associations and foundations.
 
Q: What topics or themes are typically covered in Capstones?
 
A: The Capstones vary widely thematically, ranging from international trade and finance, unemployment, cyber warfare and security, conflict and violent extremism, the environment, health, human rights, minorities, questions pertaining to governance such as democracy, authoritarianism, youth, technology, free speech, and the rule of law, as well as to topics that are relevant to international development and business. In terms of content, they are linked into the respective specialization tracks, with the academic responsible for the track on charge of the overall supervision of the Capstones.
 
Q: What is the duration span of a Capstone?
 
A: The Capstone is a nine-months process that start in April and ends in December, concluded with a 10’000 word written report to be submitted to the partner institution, as well as a public presentation on the main outcomes and findings.

 

Internships

 

Q: I would like to do an internship and I have found a good place to do one.

A: Fill out and sign this form and submit 15 working days before the start of your internship to Mr. James Sellaro at mdev-mia@graduateinstitute.ch. Make sure to write between 500 and 1,000 words, indicating how the tasks and responsibilities of your internship will contribute to both your study programme, as well as your overall professional or academic goals. 

Q: I have successfully finished by internship. How do I get credits for it?

A: Fill out and sign this attestation and submit 20 working days after the last day of your internship to Mr. James Sellaro at mdev-mia@graduateinstitute.ch. Attach to the attestation a 1,500-3,000 words report that outlines your personal experiences and key learnings, and how this internship has contributed to your overall understanding of global governance / international development.

 

Master Thesis

 

Q: What are the expectations for the Master Thesis?
 
A: Please find the general guidelines for the Master Thesis here. The specific guidelines relevant to the Master Thesis of the interdisciplinary programmes will be forthcoming later this year.
 
Q: I'm having trouble submitting my Master thesis in time.  Can I get an extension of my deadline?
 
A: If you are unable to submit your thesis in time due to a medical issue of another reason  that can be qualified as force majeure, you are able to do so by send an email to Mr. James Sellaro at mdev-mia@graduateinstitute.ch with a rationale of why you are failing to meet the deadline. The decision will then be taken by the Direction of Studies.

 

Exchange Semester

 

Q: I would like to go abroad for one semester to study at a institution of higher learning other than the Graduate Institute. How do I go about this?
 
A: Please be aware that if you go on exchange you would not be able to complete the Capstone project, which is a vital pillar of the Master in International Affairs and the Master in Development Studies.  However, if you wish to study abroad for a semester, please visit this page and follow the procedures.

 

Grading

 

Q: I feel that I have been graded unfairly and I would like to dispute the grade. What is the procedure for this?
 
A: Students who wish to dispute a grade can launch an appeal. Before going into this procedure, carefully read the academic regulations (article 8) and the implementation guidelines (teaching assessment), and consult the concerned professor for explanations. If you still think that you have been graded unfairly, you should contact the Academic Advisor, Dr. Laurent Neury, at laurent.neury@graduateinstitute.ch.

 

Transcript

 

Q: Where can I get a transcript or duplicate of my diploma?
 
A: Please get in touch with Mr. James Sellaro at mdev-mia@graduateinstitute.ch.

 

Master in
International
Affairs

Master in
Development
Studies