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.



Summer Programme on International Affairs
Summer Programme on the United Nations
Summer Programmes at the Graduate Institute, Geneva


Summer Programme on International Affairs 2019

Hannah Hodgetts, Jenny romero Carrascal & Moustapha Faye

Talk about their experience during the new Summer Programme on International Affairs, 2019


Daiki naito

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.  



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”.



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."



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.”



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.

Discover our Summer Programme on International Affairs, Trade and Development

Michelle Luu and Ifunanya Enezuagu (2017)

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.

Natasha Irisarri Lolin

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 relationships with her peers.

Summer Programmes at the Graduate Institute
Winter Programme: UN and Global Challenges

Zubin Malhotra

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.

Aditi Verghese

How the Graduate Institute's Summer Programme helped Aditi Verghese, Master candidate in International Law, become an international trade lawyer.

Summer Programme: The Fast Track to a Dream Career