Summer Programme on International Affairs


Key issues in international affairs and development


This programme will examine the importance of international organisations such as the United Nations, the UN Agency for Refugees, the UN Council of Human Rights, as well as the role of NGOs and private initiatives on the protection of individual rights and the promotion of human security. The programme highlights the increasing importance of global management of transnational issues such as migration, security and environment. The course will also discuss new governance mechanisms such as financial inclusion at the micro-level, public-private partnerships, and civil society initiatives. 


Throughout the programme, an interdisciplinary approach allows students to acquire knowledge in International Law, Political Science, International Relations, International Economics and International History.

At the end of the 2 weeks, participants will be able to:

  • Acquire an overview of the founding and functioning of international institutions
  • Analyse their cooperation challenges on specific cases such as migration issues
  • Understand key global issues such as security, human rights, humanitarian actions, climate change and the environment
  • Discuss with academics and practitioners on the future of such challenges (prospective analytical tools

Format : 28 hours of classes per week over 2 weeks


  • Lectures with Faculty members from the Graduate Institute, Geneva
  • Afternoon workshops and visits to international organisations
  • Small-group study and simulations
  • Hot topic’ roundtables on international affairs
  • Individual advice on post-graduate studies and careers in international affairs
  • Social events (optional): discover the city of Geneva, friendly social evenings