Immerse yourself in the world of multilateral diplomacy and learn the art of conflict resolution and prevention in an international arena.

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Jun 29 ‎– Aug 15

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Why Geneva?

Build the skills and knowledge required for multilateral diplomacy at the center of the action: Geneva, where you’ll learn from top academics and experts at research institutes, United Nations agencies and other nongovernmental organizations. While immersed in the city of international diplomacy, you’ll enjoy Francophone culture and the summer splendors of Lake Geneva, such as swimming, boating, and picnicking. It’s a great opportunity to build your international network and make contacts with top experts on the use of multilateral diplomacy in conflict resolution and prevention, international humanitarian law, managing complex emergencies, and migration.

Online and In Person

The program will begin with a two-week, online French language course. You will then travel to Switzerland for the in-country portion of the program where you will complete the thematic seminar and project.


  • Learn the practicalities of multilateral diplomacy from international experts.
  • Get practical experience for academic and professional development.
  • Immerse yourself in Francophone culture.
  • Build a solid professional network of international contacts.


None required, but students with at least basic French proficiency will be at a linguistic advantage.


Due to the uncertainty about the global health environment and ensuing in-country conditions, it is possible that the program may not be able to arrange for all the scheduled field visits. In such a case, experts from international organizations will be invited to meet with the students at the program office.

Visit the International Committee of the Red Cross to learn about their activities. Attend two briefings from ICRC experts, one on the ICRC and its principled humanitarian action, and one on international humanitarian Law.

Visit the World Trade Organization to learn how it functions and the challenges it is facing.

Attend briefings of the UN Environment Program (UNEP).

Take a guided tour of the Palais des Nation and its library.

Please note that SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, however, SIT may have to change or cancel programs.



Access virtual library guide.

The program is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of multilateral diplomacy in contemporary international relations. Students have the opportunity to do an independent project focused on a specific research question of their choice. The program also includes a French language component.

Language study will start online two weeks prior to students’ arrival in Switzerland.

The following syllabi are representative of this program. However, courses develop and change over time and the program takes advantage of dynamic learning opportunities. As a result, actual course content may vary from term to term. The syllabi can be useful for students, faculty, and study abroad offices in assessing credit transfer.

Please expand the sections below to see detailed course information, including course codes, credits, overviews, and syllabi.

Key Topics

  • Multilateral diplomacy
  • International security
  • Geopolitics
  • International migration management
  • Conflict resolution and prevention


Beginning French I – syllabus
(FREN1003 / 3 credits)

Intermediate French I – syllabus
(FREN2003 / 3 credits)

Intermediate French II – syllabus
(FREN2503 / 3 credits)

Advanced French I – syllabus
(FREN3003 / 3 credits)

This course has an emphasis on speaking and comprehension skills through classroom instruction. Students are placed in intensive beginning, intermediate, or advanced classes based on in-country evaluation, including oral proficiency testing.

International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy Seminar

International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy Seminar
International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy Seminar – syllabus
(EURO3000 / 3 credits)

The thematic seminar provides a thorough background in international studies. The political, economic, security, strategic, and environmental dimensions of the rapidly evolving international system in the context of globalization will be addressed. Moreover, the seminar examines the strategies of international, supranational, and nongovernmental organizations to current challenges to peace, stability, and sustainable development.

International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy Project

International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy Project
International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy Project – syllabus
(EURO3060 / 3 credits)

Students choose to focus on a specific research question. Individual projects are subject to approval by the academic director and may also be dependent on the nature of the topic and feasibility of the project.

Independent Research

In the latter half of the program, you will conduct an independent project on a subject related to international studies and multilateral diplomacy in order to examine in depth a topic of particular interest to you.

Past research projects have included:

  • The Evolution of US-Iranian Relations: Options for the Future
  • Regional Organizations in Africa and Their Impact on Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution: A Case Study of the Influence of ECOWAS in Liberia and SADC in Zimbabwe
  • ICRC’s Evolved Legal and Cultural Sensitivity with the Development of Intra-State Warfare
  • Lethal Autonomous Weapons: A New Front in Global Warfare
  • Contemporary Evolution of Counterterrorism Measures in Western Societies
  • Effects of Securitization of Migration on Refugee Women and Children
  • Cyber Warfare and IHL
  • Reshaping the Global Financial Architecture: The Geo-economics and Geopolitics of The New Development Bank (NDB)
  • The Theoretical Applications of Asylum Law within Gender Regimes: A Case Study of Femicide in Guatemala



A five-week homestay with a local family in the French-speaking canton of Vaud will enrich your cultural experience during the program. Located on the shores of Lake Geneva, approximately 15 miles north east of the city center, Vaud offers a variety outdoor activities and historical sites. The picturesque town of Nyon, where most of the homestays are located, is surrounded by the Jura Mountains and La Côte vineyards, offering leisure activities on weekends.

Living with your homestay family for almost the entire program, you will have the opportunity to improve your French language skills and gain insight into the traditional values of Switzerland, such as tolerance, federalism, neutrality, and direct democracy. You will commute to classes and program activities in Geneva just like the locals, using the region’s excellent public transportation system.

Other Accommodations

You will stay in a hostel during the orientation period.

Faculty & Staff

Switzerland: International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy

Gyula Csurgai, PhD
Academic Director
Aline Dunant, MA
Academic Coordinator
Christina Cornes, MA
Homestay Coordinator
Heikki S. Mattila, PhD
Academic Advisor

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