Our summer participants

The Graduate Institute, Geneva is home to students from all over the world, giving us a truly global perspective and contributing to the sense of community that we have on campus. 

Who are our Summer Students?

 

Our participants are undergraduate students (BA) in social sciences (65%), as well as graduate students (MA) and young professionals who would like to strengthen their understanding of international affairs and international trade.

Applicants are expected to be proficient in English, although English language certificates are not required.

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Summer Programme on International Affairs
Summer Programme on the United Nations
Summer Programmes at the Graduate Institute, Geneva
Hannah Hodgetts, Jenny Romero Carrascal & Moustapha Faye talk about their experience during the new Summer Programme on International Affairs, 2019
How the Graduate Institute's Summer Programme helped Michelle Luu (USA) and Ifunanya Enezuagu (Nigeria) gain access to international opportunities, create strong bonds with a diverse group of peers and be inspired by an unforgettable experience.
During her time at the Graduate Institute's Summer Programme, Natasha Irisarri Lolin was stimulated by the Institute’s location in the heart of International Geneva, as well as the diverse student population and small class sizes, which sparked close rela
For Zubin Malhotra (Australia), the Graduate Institute was a “great entry point” to understand the workings of the United Nations and the international humanitarian sector, and created opportunities, like a six-month internship in New York.

Daiki Naito

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Bachelor, Economics, The University of Tokyo 

"The four weeks of the Summer Programme on International Affairs allowed me to explore issues including humanitarianism more broadly and deeply than I anticipated; I’d never been in such a worldwide centre of diplomacy as Geneva, where many international institutions are accessible. Each class was delivered by seasoned professors and practitioners and the diversity of our group made for dynamic classes. I am so grateful for having had this amazing opportunity and for such a wonderful experience in the city of Geneva."

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Abha calindi
 

Bachelor of Arts, History and Politics, University of Warwick 

“The week on International Security at the Graduate Institute was a rewarding one. I can honestly say that I was inspired on a daily basis, especially by Professor Mohamedou, who convened the course. As well as a series of formidable guest speakers, we were constantly pushed to think critically and challenge our preconceived assumptions about what security and securitisation means, at whose expense it comes and how the theoretical meets the practical in the policy-making world. 

I did the course between finishing my undergraduate degree and starting my masters, but many of my peers were mid-career professionals. The course at the Graduate Institute allowed me the opportunity to interact with people I would not otherwise have met”.

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Fares Halabi 
 

Communication Senior Consultant, Arab Reform Initiative, Beirut, Lebanon

"I have been working in the Non-Governmental sector for more than four years, but since the first day of the summer programme at the Graduate Institute, I felt like I was learning something totally new and different. This four-week programme helped me to improve my knowledge and understanding, both theoretical and practical. 
I'm truly thankful for this programme, the teachers, and the Graduate Institute."

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Sahar Bajis
 

Associate Lecturer, Viral Hepatitis Clinical Research Program

“This introductory summer programme on international affairs employed a dynamic and thought-provoking multidisciplinary approach to teaching, which provided me with an opportunity to consolidate existing knowledge about the history and current status of humanitarianism and its politics, and global governance in relation to global health. ‘Food for thought’ was often on the table as I reflected on my work as humanitarian aid worker and public health academic.”

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Lou Granier
 

Etudiante en management du développement à la London School of Economics

"Ma participation aux programmes International Affairs et UN and Global Challenges m’a permis de découvrir le système de gouvernance internationale, ses acteurs et ses problématiques. Tous les enseignements reposaient sur la conviction passionnée que malgré sa complexité, il faut continuer à “penser notre monde” en adoptant une vision critique et non cynique. Les solutions novatrices naissent d’une fertilisation croisée des expériences mondiales et locales, dans les pays développés et les pays en développement, par un processus inclusif plutôt que spécialisé, rassemblant des défis et des propositions normalement considérés comme contraires."

Jamilah-Bahay

 

Jamilah Bahay
 

Canada

"My experience at the Summer Programme on the United Nations was both stimulating and inspiring. The Graduate Institute provided a robust foundation for participants to dive deep into the key global issues surrounding the future of global governance. Professors and guest speakers encouraged participants to critically analyze global issues and empowered us to stipulate authentic solutions.

As a young professional adamant on attributing her career to the reinvention of meaningful global governance, I feel ever more empowered, determined and confident in my ambitions after this experience at the Graduate Institute."

Success stories

Andrew Ahadji

Summer programme 2016

"I enrolled in the 2016 summer programme in International Affairs and Global governance at IHEID, while I was an Intern at the U.S. Embassy in Burkina Faso.  I found several merits to this outstanding programme; being organized in a city that hosts numerous international institutions; provides the opportunity to meet and interact directly with various experts from around the globe, practitioners and even senior high-level officials. The most interesting part I must admit, was to meet with young target driven and growth-oriented individuals from all corners of the world, sharing the same interest and passion for international affairs. I am very pleased to count a lot of them today among my good friends. Moreover, IHEID has a unique dedicated team that has always been of great help before, during and even after the programme, which is very rare for any programme. I currently work at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, as an Associate Political Affairs Officer, after spending some time at the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) in the same capacity, and I still rely on many contacts I made during this beautiful time at IHEID."