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Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations

For a better world leadership - for a more compassionate world. Understanding the world around us - past, present and future - and influencing that world in a more human direction, is what the Geneva School of Diplomacy is all about.

PhD Programmes

Social Sciences (1)



The Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations (GSD) has prided itself on rigorous teaching and on a faculty renowned for their concern for the individual needs of students. This tradition is enhanced by the specialist and interdisciplinary nature of the curriculum. The high quality of education is presented by well-respected and renowned professors, statesmen and women, and ambassadors. They instruct, research, and publish in both classic and cutting edge areas in the field of International Relations. International Relations is an exciting, fast-changing, broad-based discipline which allows students to engage in key issues in todays world and acquire crucial transferable skills.


At the heart of the Geneva School of Diplomacy’s concept is the students’ learning experience from leading academics and practitioners – world renowned academics, statesmen and stateswomen. The vast majority of the Geneva School of Diplomacy faculty members have terminal degrees within their field of expertise. All are experienced teachers. The Geneva School of Diplomacy has an excellent and growing reputation for the high level of its academic staff – including six ambassadors, a former head-of-state and a Nobel Peace Prize nominee.


The GSD Internship ProgrammeGSD students of the Bachelor and Master level have the opportunity to do internships as part of their curriculum in International Relations. This is an ideal way for students to gain practical experience and apply theoretical knowledge to real world issues. Enrolled students can view the current vacancies on the GSD Intranet.


Student services

The Student Support Programme is a confidential and learning based programme that incorporates a holistic approach to a student’s needs. Led by a professional and qualified counselor, the services provided by the Programme include but are not limited to:

  • Academic Conduct Guidance
  • Career Service and Guidance
  • Personal Support Sessions
  • Learning Support Sessions

Housing services

The best housing options are living in student residences, other housing associations, or rooms/apartments rented by private individuals. Many students also opt for living around Geneva – either further along the lake, usually between Geneva and Lausanne, or in France. Many independent municipalities such as Vernier, Meyrin, Troinex, or Lancy are effectively part of the town and commute to GSD can take 20-40 min. Lausanne is connected by train, approximately 40 min away. While living in France can be much cheaper, depending on your nationality you may need to arrange for French visa, residence permits, etc. and it may thus not be an option for non-EU or non-Swiss citizens.

Library services

The UNOG Library serves as a central Library for:

  • the United Nations Office at Geneva
  • the specialised agencies and other intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations headquartered in Geneva
  • the Permanent Missions in Geneva
  • qualified external students and researchers

Student Life

Campus life

Geneva School of Diplomacy is set in the Domaine de Penthes at Pregny-Geneva, a very beautiful campus in the heart of the most diplomatic neighbourhood on the planet. That neighbourhood is home to more than 190 international organisations - governmental and non-governmental. GSD students are regular visitors to one or another of these organisations. And every GSD student carries a card and pass to the next-door United Nations Library - one of the great libraries of the world in the field of international relations and law.

Student clubs

Geneva is home to 160 international organizations of both a governmental and non-governmental nature. Conferences, roundtables, high-level discussions, and events take place on a daily basis all around this diplomatic neighbourhood. One can meet people from all types of international backgrounds and one can walk down the street and hear at least four different languages spoken in a one block radius. Geneva's strategic location allows one to easily travel around Europe, but most importantly build a network of connections within the international relations field that could not be found anywhere else in the world.


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