Undergraduate semester programme

Join us in the heart of Geneva for a unique opportunity to explore and analyse today's global challenges with renowned faculty and high-level practitioners.

A new 14-week programme for Undergraduate Students

This programme offers undergraduate students the unique opportunity to familiarise themselves with international institutions and actors that tackle the global challenges of our world. It also provides an occasion to take part in the intellectual life of a human-scale and cosmopolitan, postgraduate institution.

Programme Content

Student can earn credits up to 30 ECTS by taking:

  • Dedicated courses on global issues (globalisation, international security, global governance, international organisations, etc.)
  • Up to two courses at the MA level from a large range of thematics and disciplines at the Institute (see below)
  • Possibility of taking one French language course
  • Panel discussions with international practitioners
  • Visits to international organisations such as the United Nations, the UN Human Rights, the UN Refugee Agency, the World Trade Organisation, the World Health Organisation, the International Red Cross, etc.
  • Mentoring programme and academic advice for graduate studies and career paths
  • Possibility to intern during the semester break

The programme is open to students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree programme and who would like to engage in a study abroad semester in the field of international affairs.

More about the curriculum



  • Study in a highly-specialised and independent postgraduate institution, with a cosmopolitan student body and renowned faculty.
  • Immersion in the world of International affairs and institutions in Geneva
  • Opportunities to expand your network of international peers (86% of students at the Institute are from outside Switzerland)
  • Study abroad in a dynamic multicultural country and earn up to 30 ECTS credits
  • Mentoring from a dedicated PhD student
  • Full support from our International Programme’s team before and during the programme
  • Access to the Institute’s library  one of the most documented in the field of international and development studies in Europe
  • Access to the Institute’s career service, dedicated to professional advancement in international affairs and cooperation
  • Possibility to attend a wide range of events taking place at the Institute, such as lectures from Nobel Prize winners like Paul Krugman, or UN Secretary Geneva Ban Ki-Moon
  • Alumni status upon completion of the programme
I think the immersion offered by this programme into the heart of what working in international affairs really means is unparalleled amongst opportunities available to an undergraduate.
Tanisha Rayamajhi
Wellesley College (Autumn 2017 Semester)
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