Switzerland | Semester Abroad | International Relations | Geneva | French

Switzerland: International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy

Examine the evolving nature of multilateral diplomacy in contemporary international relations and discuss intergovernmental, supranational, and regional organizations' strategies for and responses to current security challenges in the international system.

From its base in Geneva, this program provides a thorough background in international studies, using an experiential case study approach. The program addresses the most contemporary international issues through classroom seminars and through lectures and briefings at international organizations, including United Nations agencies, the Red Cross, and EU institutions, among others.

Major topics of study include:

  • Roles of intergovernmental, regional, and nongovernmental organizations in building peace and helping to prevent and manage conflict
  • Links between international stability and sound economic and sustainable development
  • The evolving role of diplomacy in contemporary international relations
  • Regional and global security challenges, including geopolitics and security
  • The UN system and European Union politics
  • Economic diplomacy

Geneva (program base)

GenevaThe international environment of Geneva offers you a unique opportunity to interact with leading experts and academics at a wide variety of international organizations and research centers. Numerous institutional libraries, documentation centers, and think tanks offer excellent research material and information. This exceptional learning environment leads to original research and independent study opportunities.

Network with International Experts

European InstituteYou will have numerous occasions to meet leading experts working at international organizations, academic institutions, and research centers. You will typically engage with experts in the areas of multilateral diplomacy, conflict resolution, regional integration, development, the environment, complex emergencies, and security. You will develop your networks throughout your stay in Geneva to enhance your Independent Study Project design and research..

Intensive Instruction in French

You will have the opportunity to learn, or rapidly advance, your French through the program’s intensive language instruction. Language instruction is offered at four levels based on in-country evaluation, including oral proficiency testing. Additionally, may be able to practice your French with your homestay family and during excursions.

Independent Study Project (ISP)

UN LibraryFurther academic and career goals through an original research project.

You will spend four weeks near the end of the semester working on an Independent Study Project (ISP), pursuing original research on a topic of interest to you. The ISP is conducted in Geneva, where you can interview leading experts in fields related to your research project.

The ISP provides you with practical experience for academic and professional development. It also allows you to create a solid professional network and form a concrete base for future academic and professional career choices.

Sample topic areas for the ISP include:

  • Conflict resolution and multilateral diplomacy processes
  • New threats to global security
  • Roles of international agencies in developing countries
  • Europe and the global power shift
  • Peacebuilding and nation building
  • New approaches to security
  • Human rights and international law
  • Migrations, refugees, and internally displaced persons
  • Protection of humanitarian spaces in conflict zones
  • Humanitarian aid in complex emergencies
  • Non-state actors and international humanitarian diplomacy
  • Geopolitics of natural resources
  • Environmental diplomacy
  • Security strategies of the European Union


Previous college-level coursework and/or other significant preparation in international studies or a related academic discipline, such as political science or prelaw, as assessed by SIT.

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The program’s thematic seminars address the most contemporary international issues within an interdisciplinary framework. Students examine the strategies and responses of international and regional organizations to current challenges to peace and stability. Coursework addresses the political, economic, security, strategic, and environmental dimensions of the rapidly evolving international system in the context of globalization and global power shifts.

The program seeks to facilitate a more profound understanding of multilateral diplomacy, conflict management, European Union politics, and international economic relations. Students develop analytical skills and critical thinking on international issues, gain insight on multilateral institutions, and build networks with international experts.

Links to syllabi below are from current and forthcoming courses offered on this program. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term.

The syllabi can be useful for students, faculty, and study abroad offices in assessing credit transfer. Read more about credit transfer.

International Relations and Multilateral Diplomacy – syllabus
(INTS3000 / 3 credits / 45 hours)
This seminar provides an in-depth examination of the evolving nature of diplomacy in contemporary international relations. It considers the impact of the profound changes affecting the contemporary international system on the concept of diplomacy and evaluates how the practice of diplomacy can be adapted to global, regional, and local levels. The seminar also examines the approaches of economic, environmental, and humanitarian diplomacy. It evaluates traditional and nontraditional approaches to diplomacy, taking into consideration the strategies of both state and non-state actors as well as international and regional organizations. A major emphasis is put on the position of the UN system and the European Union in a multilateral diplomatic perspective.
International Security, Peace, and Stability – syllabus
(INTS3005 / 3 credits / 45 hours)
This seminar provides a thorough background in international security studies. The multidimensional security approach takes into account politico-military security, human security, and the links between international stability and sound economic and sustainable development. It not only addresses national security strategies but also the roles of intergovernmental and regional organizations in helping to prevent and manage conflict and build peace. The seminar also addresses environmental security.
Beginning French I – syllabus
(FREN1003 / 3 credits / 45 hours)
Intermediate French I – syllabus
(FREN2003 / 3 credits / 45 hours)
Intermediate French II – syllabus
(FREN2503 / 3 credits / 45 hours)
Advanced French I – syllabus
(FREN3003 / 3 credits / 45 hours)
This course has an emphasis on speaking and comprehension skills through classroom instruction, to provide broader access into the host culture and enable participation in daily social life. Students are placed in intensive beginning, intermediate, or advanced classes based on in-country evaluation, including oral proficiency testing.
Research Methods and Ethics – syllabus
(ANTH3500 / 3 credits / 45 hours)
The Research Methods and Ethics seminar provides the theoretical, conceptual, and practical tools for conducting field research in a new cultural environment. The main emphasis of the seminar is on the development of interactive research skills involving the collection of primary data. The theoretical part of the seminar includes lectures on qualitative methods of research in social sciences and in particular in international relations, interactive research techniques, and the development of a research proposal. The seminar also includes a number of practical exercises such as organizing and conducting interviews with experts in Switzerland, France, and Belgium; development of a research proposal; preparation of an application for review of research involving human subjects; a local case study; and the integration of interviews into a research project. The ethical implications of field research are examined throughout. The seminar helps develop the skills necessary to navigate both the local and international environments of Switzerland. Students undertake a number of field visits to learn the specificities of local and international culture and institutions. The overall aim is to enable students to master experience-based learning processes and prepare them for the development of an Independent Study Project (ISP), which is largely based on the data gathered from primary sources.
Independent Study Project – syllabus
(ISPR3000 / 4 credits / 120 hours)
The Independent Study Project (ISP) offers students a unique, interactive research opportunity in their field of interest in international studies. In most cases, topics of ISPs grow out of lectures, briefings, and discussions from the International Security, Peace, and Stability seminar and the International Relations and Multilateral Diplomacy seminar. Students directly apply the concepts of experience-based learning and interactive research skills learned in the Research Methods and Ethics seminar.

Please note that in order to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, program excursions may occasionally vary.

The program’s educational excursions give you access to leading experts and decision makers in the fields of diplomacy and international negotiations, trade, law, and the evolution of institutions. You will have a chance to experience some of the most magnificent and classical cities and sites in Europe.

European CommissionBrussels and Paris

Both the capital of Belgium and the European Union, Brussels hosts important EU organizations. You will become acquainted with EU matters and structures and participate in contemporary debates on the evolution of regional integration in Europe. The city itself reflects both the traditions of multicultural Belgium and the rapid growth and influence of EU organizations.

After Brussels, the program stops in Paris, where you will visit important international organizations such as OECD or UNESCO. As an artistic and cultural capital and the center of Francophone identity, Paris offers a range of cultural activities and experiences.

Gyula CsurgaiGyula Csurgai, PhD, Academic Director

Dr. Gyula Csurgai was born in Hungary and holds Swiss and Canadian citizenships. He obtained his doctorate from the University of Geneva and a degree in political science from the University of Concordia (Canada) and the University of Toulouse (France). He earned a postgraduate degree in European studies from the European Institute at the University of Geneva.

Dr. Csurgai worked as scientific collaborator at the Geneva International Peace Research Institute (GIPRI). He was director of the International Center for Geopolitical Studies. He taught international relations, geopolitics, and geo-economics for undergraduate, master’s, and doctorate programs at different universities. Dr. Csurgai has organized seven international symposiums and in each case directed the publications of its proceedings. He has participated in several international research projects and has provided expertise to a number of international organizations. He has been collaborating with the SIT Study Abroad program in Geneva since 1997. He became the program’s academic director in January 2002.

Read Dr. Csurgai's full CV.

His publications include:


  • Conflits en Zone Urbaine (Conflicts in Urban Zones), Editions Polémarque, Nancy, 2013.
  • Geopolitics and Demography, Gyula Csurgai (ed.), Penthes Editions, Geneva, 2013.
  • Geopolitical and Geo-Economic Analysis of the S.W.F. Issue: Sovereign Wealth Funds and Power Rivalries, LAP, Germany, 2011.
  • Geopolitics: Schools of Thought, Method of Analysis and Case Studies, Edition de Penthes, Geneva, 2009.
  • Les enjeux géopolitiques des ressources naturelles (Geopolitical Stakes of Natural Ressources), L’Age d’Homme, Lausanne, 2006.
  • La nation et ses territoires en Europe centrale: une approche géopolitique (The Nation and Its Territories in Central Europe: A Geopolitical Approach), Peter LANG, Bern, 2005.
  • Quelles perspectives géopolitiques pour l’Europe? (What Are the Geopolitical Perspectives for Europe?) L’Age d’Homme, Lausanne, 2004.
  • Géopolitique, religions et civilisations – quelles perspectives pour le XXI siècle? (Geopolitics, Religions and CivilizationsWhich Perspectives for the 21st Century?) L’Age d’Homme, Lausanne, 2003.

Articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings:

  • "Geoeconomics and Competitive Intelligence and their Influences on Power Rivalries and Security," National Defense University, Romania, Bucharest, 2013.
  • "From Nation-State to the Multinational State: Thoughts on the Concept and Practice of Autonomy and Self-Government in Europe from a Geopolitical Point of View," published in International Seminar on Representativeness and Legitimacy in Autonomy Negotiations, Kingdom of Morocco, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, 2013.
  • "Le rôle de l’Asie dans la réorientation stratégique actuelle des Etats-Unis: quelques considérations géopolitiques" (The Role of Asia in the Actual Strategic Reorientation of the United States: Some Geopolitical Considerations), Revue Militaire Suisse, July 2012.
  • "Geopolitics, Economic Warfare and Access to Natural Resources," in Access to Resources and the International Community, A. Vautravers (ed), Webster University, Geneva, 2011.
  • "Identity Conflicts, Nationalism and Geopolitics in Central and South-East Europe," in Webster Security Forum, Webster University, Geneva, 2010.
  • "Geo-Economic Rivalries of States," in Nigel Young (editor-in-chief), in The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace, Oxford, 2010.
  • "Constant and Variable Factors of Geopolitical Analysis," in Geopolitics: Schools of Thought, Method of Analysis and Case Studies, Gyula Csurgai (ed.), Edition de Penthes, Geneva, 2009.
  • "Sovereign Wealth Funds: Strategies of Geo-Economic Power Projections," in Otto Hieronymi (ed.), Globalization and the Reform of the International and Banking and Monetary System, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
  • "Geopolitics, Geo-Economics and Competitive Intelligence in Power Projection Strategies of the State in the 21st Century," in Conferência Nacional de Política Externa e Política Internacional - o Brasil no mundo que vem aí, Fundação Alexandre de Gusmão, Brasilia, 2008.
  • "The Use of Geopolitical Approach in Analyzing Contemporary Conflicts," in Globalization of Security Trends and Perspectives, Webster University, Geneva, 2008.
  • "L’idée républicaine en Europe Centrale" (Republican ideology in Central Europe), in L’idée républicaine dans le monde, Ed. Emmanuel Dupuy et Paul Baquiast , Harmattan, Paris 2007.
  • "Composantes et caractéristiques de la stratégie de désinformation" (Constituents and Characteristics of Disinformation Strategies), in Revue Militaire Suisse, Lausanne, March–April 2000.
  • "Quelques considérations sur les facteurs géopolitiques de la Suisse" (Some Considerations on the Geopolitical Factors of Switzerland), in Revue Militaire Suisse, Lausanne, 2006.
  • "Les zones grises des Balkans," (Grey Zones in the Balkans), in Les zones grises dans le monde d’aujourd’hui, L’Harmattan, Paris, 2006.

Heikki S. Mattila, PhD, Academic Advisor

Heikki S. Mattila, Academic Advisor photo head shotHeikki S. Mattila holds an MA (economics and sociology) from the University of Helsinki and a PhD (sociology) from the University of Geneva. An expert in international migration, Dr. Mattila combines work experience in government, international organizations, and academia. Dr. Mattila worked in 1990–95 in the Finnish Ministry of Labor, in the secretariat for the Advisory Board in Migration and Refugee Affairs, and at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in 1995–2008, first in Helsinki at the regional office for the Nordic and the Baltic States, then in the Migration Research Division at the IOM Headquarters in Geneva, and finally, at the IOM’s Regional Office for Central and Southeastern Europe in Budapest. In 2011–2014, Dr. Mattila did work for IOM, consulting on migration policy development in Nigeria and Turkey and field assessment of migrants’ humanitarian needs in Chad; lately, he has coordinated IOM’s research on internal displacement in Iraq.

Dr. Mattila has a longstanding cooperation with SIT; since the late 1990s, he has briefed undergraduate classes on migration and advised students doing Independent Study Projects on migration or related topics. During the fall 2010 semester, Dr. Mattila served as assistant academic director for SIT’s International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy program in Geneva. He has also lectured at Webster University in Geneva, at Central European University in Budapest, and at the NATO Defense College in Rome.

Dr. Mattila has written articles on human trafficking, irregular migration, and migrants’ human rights, and his research interests include migrants’ health, reproductive rights, and comparative health systems.

Dr. Mattila has written or co-edited the books “You Want a Multicultural Immigration Country, But We don’t Want It.” Ideologies, Interests and Discursive Strategies in German Parliamentary Debate on the 2004 Migration Law (June 2014); Between Sanctions and Rights: Addressing the Irregular Employment of Immigrants in the European Union (September 2008); Permanent or Circular Migration? Policy Choices to Address Demographic Decline and Labour Shortages in Europe (June 2008); and Between Demand and Supply. Regional Analysis of the Supply and Demand for Sexual Services and Trafficking in Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia (April 2007).

Aline Dunant, Academic Coordinator

Aline DunantAline Dunant has been working with the SIT Switzerland: International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy program since 2007. She is a Swiss citizen, from the Francophone part of Switzerland. She studied liberal arts at the University of Geneva and holds a master’s degree in French literature. 

Prior to working for SIT Study Abroad, Aline worked for three years as a coordinator for the Geneva International Film Festival and taught French language and culture to international students for a few years.

As an academic coordinator, Aline assists the academic director in the coordination of the different components of the program, teaches in the Research Methods and Ethics course, and advises students in the development of their field research.

Lecturers for this program typically include:

Professor Alexandre Vautravers, PhD

A Swiss and EU national, Alexandre Vautravers holds a PhD in contemporary history from the University of Lyon and a PhD in social and economic sciences from the University of Geneva. He is currently associate professor at the International Relations Department at Webster University Geneva. His areas of specialization include refugee studies, international economics, history and political science, human rights, and international nongovernmental organizations (INGO). His areas of research and publications include international relations, conflict studies and conflict resolution, strategy and military doctrines, humanitarian action, technology, and the politics of international economic relations.

Alexandre Vautravers is a lieutenant-colonel (GS) in the Swiss Armed Forces and has been commander of the 17th Tank Battalion since 2009. He is also the editor-in-chief of the Revue Militaire Suisse (RMS), an independent journal published since 1856.

Professor Anselm Zurfluh, PhD

Born and raised in Switzerland, Anselm Zurfluh graduated from the Université de Nice, France, in 1983. He holds a doctorate in history on historical demography and mentalities and in 1991 obtained a doctorate in ethnology on a socio-cultural isolate in a Swiss Alpine region. His areas of specialization include demography, anthropology, and modern European civilization and culture. His research interests include culture and history, particularly Alpine and European civilization before the French Revolution. He was a professor at the Stiftsschule Einsiedeln from1981 to 1989 as well as a researcher, editor, publisher, and advisor at the Minister of Educational Affairs of the Académie de Nice. He also served as assistant at the Université d’Avignon (history of art).

In 2001, Dr. Zurfluh was appointed director of the Institute and Museum of the Swiss Abroad in Geneva. He is the author, editor, and coordinator of several books and scientific publications in German, French, and Italian.

Professor Khalid Koser, PhD

Khalid Koser is executive director of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund and associate fellow at GCSP. Dr Koser is also a non-resident senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution, associate fellow at Chatham House, research associate at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, non-resident fellow at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, and extraordinary professor in conflict, peace, and security in the Faculty of Humanities and Sciences at the University of Maastricht. He is also chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Migration and editor of the Journal of Refugee Studies. Dr. Koser is a member of the Order of the British Empire.

Vicente Paolo B. Yu III

Mr. Yu’s work as program coordinator for the South Centre’s Global Governance for Development Programme includes overseeing policy research and analysis as well as the provision of technical and legal advice to developing country delegations on global political, economic, social, and environmental issues (such as United Nations reform, Bretton Woods institutions governance, WTO institutional decision-making processes, the WTO dispute settlement mechanism, human rights, migration, and environment). He obtained his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of the Philippines and his master of laws degree (specializing in international trade law and international environmental law) from Georgetown University, where he was a Fulbright scholar. Prior to joining the South Centre, he served as a WTO program officer in Geneva and for Friends of the Earth International and was also a staff attorney and head of research and policy development at the Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center in the Philippines. He also taught at the University of the Philippines’ College of Law and the University of Tulsa’s College of Law. He has published papers and articles on issues relating to trade and the environment, sustainable development, environmental policy, and indigenous people’s rights.

Professor Jubin Goodarzi, PhD

Jubin M. Goodarzi is an associate professor and deputy head of the International Relations Department at Webster University Geneva in Switzerland. Between 1996 and 2007, he was a consultant and advisor on Middle Eastern affairs for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva. He has also worked with a number of US and UK research institutes and foundations, including the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC; the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London; and the Ford Foundation in New York.

Dr. Goodarzi is author of Syria and Iran: Diplomatic Alliance and Power Politics in the Middle East (London: I.B. Tauris, 2009), and numerous articles and book reviews on the international relations of the Middle East. He holds a BA in international studies from American University, an MA in Arab studies from Georgetown University, and a doctorate in international relations from the London School of Economics.

Dr. Marc Finaud

Marc Finaud is a former French diplomat who was seconded to the GCSP from 2004 to 2013 and is now senior program advisor for the Emerging Security Challenges Programme. He holds a master’s degree in international law from the University of Aix-en-Provence, France, and he is a graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies.

He joined the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1977, first in the Military Cooperation Division. In 1977–1978, he was vice consul at the French Consulate-General in Leningrad. Back in Paris, he worked at the directorate for Europe (Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE)) from 1979 to 1982. He was a member of the French Delegation to the CSCE Meeting in Madrid (1980–1982). In 1982–1983, he served as chief of staff of the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before being appointed first secretary at the French Embassy in Warsaw. In 1987–1988, he was the secretary general of the French Delegation to the CSCE Meeting in Vienna. In 1989–1993, he served as second counsellor at the French Delegation to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva and a member of the French Delegation to the First Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York. From 1993 to 1996 he was the head of the Information Department (and alternate spokesman) of the Foreign Ministry in Paris. In 1995–1996, he was a lecturer on arms control and disarmament for a postgraduate course at Marne-la-Vallée University. In 1996, he was appointed deputy head of mission at the French Embassy in Tel Aviv (Israel), where he joined the Team of Negotiators of the EU Special Envoy to the Middle East. He was transferred to Sydney as consul general for France in January 2001, with jurisdiction over the whole of Australia.

Apart from French, he speaks English, Russian, and Polish. He has published many articles, chapters, and books on arms control and disarmament as well as on the Middle East and international humanitarian law. In addition, from August 2013 to May 2015, he was senior resident fellow at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research.

Professor Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou, PhD

Professor Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou is the deputy director and academic dean at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and adjunct professor in the International History and Development departments at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, as well as visiting professor in the doctoral school at Sciences Po Paris. Professor Mohamedou was previously the associate director of the Harvard University Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research in Cambridge, former foreign minister of Mauritania, director of research of the International Council on Human Rights Policy, and research associate at the Ralph Bunche Institute on the United Nations in New York.

His published works include Understanding Al Qaeda: The Transformation of War (2008, expanded edition 2011), Contre-Croisade: Origines et Consequences du 11 Septembre (2004, revised edition 2011), and Iraq and the Second Gulf War: State-Building and Regime Security (1998, second edition 2002). He is completing a new book on neo-authoritarian incursions in the civilian world and the novel forms of globalization.

His research focuses on transnational terrorism, political violence, the transformation of warfare, transitions to democracy, and Middle Eastern and North African sociopolitical developments and contemporary conflicts. Professor Mohamedou is a frequent lecturer in his fields of interest and has contributed to The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, Le Monde, Le Monde Diplomatique, BBC World News, Al Jazeera, Voice of America, and Radio France International, among others.

Dr. Suddha Chakravartti

Suddha Chakravartti is lecturer in international relations and law and dissertations coordinator at EU Business School, Switzerland, and visiting faculty at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations. His areas of interest in consulting, research, and teaching broadly include global governance, geopolitics/geo-economics, the rise of new powers, resource security issues, risk assessment, international development, and poverty reduction.

An Indian citizen, he holds a BA and LLB (Hons) degree from the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research at the University of Law, India, and a Master of International Relations (MIR) and Doctor of International Relations (DIR) from the Geneva School of Diplomacy, specializing in energy poverty in India.

Dr. Chakravartti has previously worked as a researcher for the Commonwealth Secretariat project in Geneva and at CUTS, Geneva Resource Centre, focusing on international trade, development, governance, and security issues.

Mr. Shigehisa Kasahara

Mr. Kasahara, a Japanese national, is presently a PhD researcher at the International Institute of Social studies in The Hague. He was a staff member of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development secretariat from 1986 to 2013, where he conducted research for the organization’s flagship publications the Trade and Development Report and the Economic Development in Africa Report. He has maintained close working relations with the UN as a consultant for the Office of the Secretary-General and has served as chief of the director’s office for the Division of Africa, Least Developed Countries, and Other Programmes. He has frequently given lectures and presentations to undergraduate/graduate student groups visiting the UN as well as at various locations (SIT in Geneva, SOAS in London, IDEAS in Makuhari, HUFS in Seoul, GSID in Nagoya, ISS in The Hague, etc.). He has been an advisor for various students working on their research projects. He obtained a BA in economics and political science (1978) from Grand Valley State University in Michigan; an MA in international affairs (1981) from the School of International Service, American University, in Washington, DC; and an MA (ABD) in economics (1986) from the New School for Social Research in New York.

homestayYou will live with a Swiss or international family in a village or town near Nyon for 14 weeks during the semester. Living in the French-speaking canton of Vaud will enable you to experience Francophone culture. Exposure to the country's cultural and ethnic mosaic will help you understand the traditional values of the Swiss political system: federalism, tolerance, respect for minorities, neutrality, and direct democracy.

You may choose to participate in arts groups and sports during this period, which will allow you to meet other Swiss peers.

Other accommodations during the program include hostels or small hotels during study trips.

A diversity of students representing different colleges, universities, and majors study abroad on this program. Many of them have gone on to do amazing things that connect back to their experience abroad with SIT. Learn what some of them are now doing.

Recent positions held by alumni of this program include:

  • Research Associate, Albany Associates, London, UK
  • Intern, United Nations, New York, New York
  • Intern, NASA, Washington, DC
  • Graduate student (MA in development studies), Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Graduate student (MA in diplomacy and international commerce), Patterson School of Diplomacy, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

Program Dates: Spring 2017

Program Arrival Date:  Feb 1, 2017

Program Departure Date:    May 16, 2017

The dates listed above are subject to change. Please note that travel to and from the program site may span a period of more than one day.

Student applications to this program will be reviewed on a rolling basis between the opening date and the deadline.

Application Deadline:   Nov 1, 2016


SIT Pell Grant Match Award. SIT Study Abroad provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding; this award can be applied to any SIT semester program. View all SIT Study Abroad scholarships.

Tuition: $16,990

The tuition fee covers the following program components:

  • Cost of all lecturers who provide instruction to students in:
    • Multilateral diplomacy
    • European, regional, and international affairs
    • International trade and cooperation
    • Fieldwork
  • Research Methods and Ethics course on research methods and Human Subjects Review
  • Intensive language instruction in French
  • All educational excursions to locations such as Brussels and Paris, including all related travel costs
  • Independent Study Project (including a stipend for food)
  • Health insurance throughout the entire program period

Room & Board: $6,860

The room and board fee covers the following program components:

  • All accommodations during the entire program period. This includes during orientation, time in the program base (Geneva), on all excursions, during the Independent Study Project, and during the final evaluation period.
  • Homestay (14 weeks with a Swiss or international family in rural villages and other communities near Nyon).
  • All meals for the entire program period. Meals are covered either by SIT Study Abroad directly, through a stipend, or through the homestay.

Estimated Additional Costs:

International Airfare to Program Launch Site

International airline pricing can vary greatly due to the volatility of airline industry pricing, flight availability, and specific flexibility/restrictions on the type of ticket purchased. Students may choose to take advantage of frequent flyer or other airline awards available to them, which could significantly lower their travel costs.

Visa Expenses: $ 465

Immunizations: Varies

Books & Supplies: $ 50

International Phone: Each student must have a phone in each country. Cost varies according to personal preferences, phone plans, data plans, etc.

Discretionary Expenses

Personal expenses during the program vary based on individual spending habits and budgets. While all meals and accommodations are covered in the room and board fee, incidentals and personal transportation costs differ depending on the non-program-related interests and pursuits of each student. To learn more about personal budgeting, we recommend speaking with alumni who participated in a program in your region. See a full list of our alumni contacts. Please note that free time to pursue non-program-related activities is limited.

Please Note: Fees and additional expenses are based on all known circumstances at the time of calculation. Due to the unique nature of our programs and the economics of host countries, SIT reserves the right to change its fees or additional expenses without notice.


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