Study the major challenges facing the contemporary international system, including new security threats and conflict resolution and prevention, in the international hub of Geneva.
Get a thorough background in the evolution of multilateral diplomacy in contemporary international relations.
Examine key topics such as the evolution of contemporary multilateral diplomacy, international security, humanitarian diplomacy, geopolitics, and economic and environmental diplomacy. Consider the political, economic, security, strategic, and environmental dimensions of the rapidly evolving international system; approaches of humanitarian, economic, and environmental diplomacy; and the growing role of non-state actors.
Build networking skills and make global contacts with international experts in the fields of diplomacy and international studies.
Geneva’s international environment gives you a chance to meet experts and academics at international organizations. You will attend lectures at international agencies throughout the city, get practical experience for academic and professional development, and begin developing a solid professional network.
Learn the practicalities of multilateral diplomacy from experts at diverse academic and research institutes, the United Nations, and other international agencies.
Lecturers provide concrete illustrations of multilateral diplomacy in security and geopolitics, conflict management, international humanitarian law, complex emergencies, development, environment, migration, and human rights.
Develop your research skills as you conduct an independent project in which you examine in depth a topic of interest to you related to the program theme.
Enjoy access to institutional libraries, documentation centers, and think tanks containing excellent research material and information. Interview experts in Geneva’s international community and develop your networking skills to complement your independent project. In conducting interactive research, you will gain practical experience for your academic and professional development.
Be immersed in Francophone culture by living with a homestay family in the French-speaking canton of Vaud.
You will receive intensive instruction in French in small-group formats with an emphasis on speaking and comprehension skills and have opportunities to practice your French with your homestay family.
Enjoy access to institutional libraries, documentation centers, and think tanks containing excellent research material and information.
Critical Global Issue of Study
Peace | Human Rights | Social Movements
None required, but students with at least basic French proficiency will be at a linguistic advantage.
Key Topics of Study
Key Topics of Study
- Multilateral diplomacy
- International security
- International humanitarian law
- Economic diplomacy
- Environment diplomacy
- International migration management
The following syllabi are representative of 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.
- 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 and field 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 – syllabus
- (EURO3000 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
- 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 – syllabus
- (EURO3060 / 3 credits / 45 hours)
- 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.
Faculty and Staff
Faculty and Staff
Goran Jovanovic, PhD, Academic Director
Goran, a Swiss and Serbian national, holds a doctorate and master’s degree in international relations and development studies from the University of Geneva, a graduate diploma in American studies from Smith College in Massachusetts, and a degree in sociology from the University of Belgrade. He has wide-ranging experience and expertise in international education. As a professor, Goran focuses on geo-economics, economic diplomacy, international trade organizations, globalization and global governance, strategic foresight, and scenario building. He has taught at the International University in Geneva and in business schools and universities in Afghanistan, Iran, and Saudi Arabia, among other places.
Goran was a department head at the International University in Geneva and scientific director at the Research Center on Audiovisual Sources of Contemporary History at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. He has published widely in international relations and political communication and produced educational films and documentaries. Goran was a lecturer and ISP advisor for SIT before leading this program.
Aigul Jarmatova, MA, Academic Advisor
A dual Swiss/Kyrgyz citizen, Aigul has studied in Switzerland, Malta, Italy, Russia, and Kyrgyzstan. She holds an advanced master’s in European studies from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and advanced master’s and bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and political science from the University of Saint Petersburg, Russia. Aigul has worked for many years in communication and finance departments at the United Nations (UNAIDS), various international organizations including The Global Fund, NGOs, academia, and the private sector. She was a scientific coordinator at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva and has taught at the University of Fribourg. She coordinated and was a rapporteur for different international projects in collaboration with the Swiss and Kyrgyz governments, UNESCO, the Geneva Center for Democratic Control of Armed Forces, the Council of Europe, the World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva, and the Global Fund Partnership Forum in Durban, RSA. She has also worked in qualitative and quantitative analysis of public opinion polls as well as in research projects on Eastern European economies.
Joe Apostolidis, MA, Academic Coordinator
Joe was born in Canada and holds a bachelor’s degree from Acadia University in Nova Scotia, a master’s degree from Carleton University in Ottawa, and a DES (Diplôme d’études superieres) from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. He has worked for many years as project coordinator at the Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of Armed Forces. Joe has also taught international relations and media and communication in various Swiss private universities.
Christina Cornes, MA, Homestay Coordinator
Christina has worked as a homestay coordinator in Switzerland since 2008, first with The Experiment in International Living and then with SIT. She is responsible for recruiting and monitoring homestay families, placing students in their homestays, and managing students’ permits, health issues, and train passes. Christina holds a master’s degree in German and English literature from the University in Lausanne. Prior to joining SIT, she worked for the tropical forest officer at the International Union for Conservation of Nature, lived and worked in Sydney for two years, and worked for the financial director at the World Wildlife Fund in Switzerland. Christina has three grownup children and lives with her family in the county of Vaud.
Lecturers on this program may include:
Esperanza Duran, PhD
Esperanza holds a BA from El Colegio de México, an MA from Stanford University, and a PhD from Oxford University. She has taught at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), London School of Economics, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, El Colegio de Mexico, and University College, Dublin. She has published in peer-reviewed journals and written and edited books. She was senior economist in the IMF and World Gold Council, country officer and economist in the World Bank, and founding executive director of the Agency of International Trade Information and Cooperation.
Jovan Kurbalija, PhD
Jovan is founding director of DiploFoundation, a nonprofit working to improve global governance and international policy development, and head of the Geneva Internet Platform, an observatory, capacity-building and discussion center. He is a former diplomat with a background in international law, diplomacy, and information technology. In 1992, he established the Unit for IT and Diplomacy at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies, which in 2002 became DiploFoundation. Jovan has taught in Switzerland, the United States, Austria, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Malta. He researches diplomacy and the development of an international Internet regime, the use of hypertext in diplomacy, online negotiations, and diplomatic law. His book An Introduction to Internet Governance has been translated into eight languages.
Ritsa Panagiotou, DPhil
Ritsa holds an MPhil and a DPhil in international relations from Oxford University. She is senior research fellow at the Centre of Planning and Economic Research in Athens and a visiting professor at the International Centre for Hellenic and Mediterranean Studies. She was a research associate at the European Business School in France, a visiting professor at the Athens University of Economics and Business and University of Athens, and a visiting research fellow at the European University Institute. She has published in journals including Contemporary Southeast Europe, Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, and the Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies. Ritsa lectures at the College Year Athens.
Angeliki Dimitriadi, PhD
Angeliki studied international relations and history at the London School of Economics and obtained her MA in war studies from King’s College London. She was awarded a PhD with distinction in social administration from Democritus University of Thrace. Her research interests lie in the field of irregular and transit migration from South and Southeast Asia, the securitization of migration and asylum policies, and gender issues and social inclusion. She has contributed to research on social policy issues and has worked on the submission and management of European-funded projects and initiatives. She lectures at the College Year Athens.
Demetris Kamaras, PhD
Demetris holds a BA in economics, an MA in communications policy, and a PhD in journalism from City University in London. He is a journalism professor, journalist, political analyst, and communications specialist and founded dailyGreece.net, Private Information Network, and alyunaniya.com. He’s interested in political communication, next-gen web apps, digital R&D, internet ethics, and social networks. He taught at the University of Indianapolis Athens from 1999 to 2013 and has published online and in print. His first co-authored book is Digital Communication, and his recent publications include Elections and the Internet and Crisis Talk: Greece, parts one and two. Demetris lectures at the College Year Athens.
Aimee Placas, PhD
Aimee holds a PhD in anthropology from Rice University in Houston, Texas. She has presented and published on issues related to the anthropology of money, consumerism, kinship, gender and sexuality, and Europeanization. She’s currently writing a book on the story of consumer credit’s emergence in Greece over the past 15 years, from the first credit cards to the first personal bankruptcies. She is also conducting a new research project on the lives of individuals in Greece who have passed through bankruptcy during the financial crisis. Aimee is lecturing at the College Year Athens.
Michael Akerib, PhD
Michael is a consultant with extensive experience in both large groups and SMEs. He has been active as an academic and professional trainer. Over the last 25 years he has held a variety of positions (lecturer, program director, dean, rector, and managing director of a business school) both in Switzerland and abroad. He developed the first MBA programs franchised abroad by a Swiss university and directed the programs. His international experience as an educator covers Afghanistan, Albania, Bahrain, China, the Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iran, Italy, Macedonia, and Sweden. He has published extensively on transformative thinking, geo-strategy, and post-humanity. His hobbies include short story writing.
Attila Shelley, PhD
Attila has dual Swiss and American nationality and teaches courses in financial and strategic management, Islamic finance, and general management and leadership. He received his BSc in applied physics from Princeton University and his MBA and PhD from Stanford University. He has 25 years’ teaching experience in the US, the Middle East, and Europe, including the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program, the Central European University Business School, the University of Jordan in Amman, Webster University, and Geneva Business School. He has worked in management and consulting positions at companies including The Boston Consulting Group, Credit Suisse, HSBC, Barclays Bank. He is a management and financial consultant and workshop leader to companies in various fields, especially in the Middle East.
Muktar Djumaliev, PhD
Muktar is ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Kyrgyz Republic to EU, Benelux, and France with the residence in Brussels. He has 25 years of experience serving the Kyrgyz Republic internationally as ambassador and domestically in senior leadership positions. He served as extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador to USA and Canada (2010–2015) and ambassador to Switzerland (2004–2010). He represented his country as a chief of the mission in the United Nations office in Geneva and the World Trade Organization. In 2001–2003, as the first deputy minister of economy of the Kyrgyz Republic, he was involved in the policy development of the country related to the international trade and multilateral trading system. Ambassador Djumaliev has extensive expertise in building consensus through diplomacy, conciliation, and stakeholder buy-in on diverse tasks, including parliamentary capacity-building initiatives. He has a proven record in promoting transparency, good governance, and oversight through public website enhancements and other creative approaches designed to publicize government functions and encourage civil society participation in and feedback on government service delivery.
Christoph Stückelberger, PhD
Christoph is founder and president of Globethics.net Foundation, a global ethics network based in Geneva and with ten offices on four continents. He is executive director of Geneva Agape Foundation; professor emeritus at the University of Basel; distinguished professor at the Technical University MEPhI in Moscow; and visiting professor at GOU University in Enugu, Nigeria, and Kingdom Business College in Beijing. He received an honorary doctorate from the UPC University in Kinshasa for his long-term engagement in Africa.
His main fields of research are economic/business ethics, trade ethics, finance ethics, tax ethics, political ethics, development ethics, environmental ethics, and philanthropy. He has published, as author and editor, many books and hundreds of articles on applied ethics, including Ethics in Higher Education (ed with Divya Singh, 2016), Responsible Leadership, and four volumes of Global Ethics Applied.
Maxim Artamonov, PhD
Maxim has a PhD from the University of Geneva and is fluent in several European languages. He is founder and secretary-general of the Swiss-Russian Business Association, an acknowledged leader in the establishment and development of international economic relationships, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2018. He is a founding partner of Orion Solutions, a family and front office service registered in Dubai.
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The homestay is an integral part of the SIT experience. During your homestay, you’ll become a member of a local family, sharing meals with them, joining them for special occasions, talking with them in their language, and experiencing the host country through their eyes. Homestay placements are arranged by a local coordinator who carefully screens and approves each family. Students frequently cite the homestay as the highlight of their program. Read more about SIT homestays.
You will experience a six-week homestay with a family in the French-speaking canton of Vaud, where you will be immersed in Francophone culture. You will be able to enhance your language skills and gain insight into the traditional values of the Swiss political system: federalism, tolerance, respect for minorities, neutrality, and direct democracy.
Most homestay families are northeast of Geneva near Nyon. Students typically use the area’s excellent public transportation system, traveling by train or bus. You will live with your host family for the length of the program.
You will also stay in a hostel during the orientation period.
Cost and Scholarships
Cost and Scholarships
SIT Study Abroad is committed to making international education accessible to all students. Scholarship awards generally range from $500 to $5,000 for semester programs and $500 to $3,000 for summer programs. This year, SIT will award more than $1.5 million in scholarships and grants to SIT Study Abroad students.
SIT Pell Grant Match Award. SIT Study Abroad provides matching grants to students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding for the term during which they are studying with SIT. This award can be applied to any SIT program. Qualified students must complete the scholarship portion of their application. View all SIT Study Abroad scholarships.
The tuition fee covers the following program components:
- Lecture fees for the International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy seminar
- Individual project
- French course
- Health insurance throughout the entire program period
Room & Board: $2,613
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), and during the evaluation period.
- Homestay in the French-speaking canton of Vaud
- All meals for the entire program period. Meals are covered by SIT Study Abroad directly, through a stipend, or through the homestay.
Estimated Additional Costs:
Airfare to Program Site
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.
International Phone: Each student must bring a smart phone that is able to accept a local SIM card with them to their program, or they must purchase a smart phone locally.
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.
In order to make study abroad more accessible, SIT's partner colleges and universities may charge home school tuition fees for their students participating on an SIT Study Abroad program. If your institution has an agreement with SIT and charges fees different from those assessed by SIT, please contact your study abroad advisor for more details. The SIT published price is the cost to direct enroll in the SIT program. Tuition fees may vary for students based on your home college's or university's billing policies with SIT.
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