International Affairs Summer Programme


  • Next session:  17 June – 12 July 2019 – Applications now open
  • A 4-week programme designed as a whole but participants who wish to enrol for one week may do so
  • Understand international organisations, global governance, human rights and humanitarian action, peace and security, environment  and sustainable development issues


With Spring and warmer days approaching we are gearing up for our 2019 Summer Programme on International Affairs, this year from 17 June to 12 July. The Summer Programme will revolve around four major themes – Humanitarianism, Security, Global health and Environment – with each theme directed by a professor specialised in the respective field. Each module includes conferences, workshops and discussions with experts, as well as visits to international organisations. For this programme, students have the option of signing up for one, two, three or all four weeks of courses.

Our offerings:

  • 17-21 June: “The Uses and Abuses of Humanitarianism: Its History and Politics”, directed by Professor Davide Rodogno
  • 24 – 28 June: “Security and Insecurity Today”, directed by Professor Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou
  • 1 – 5 July: “Global Health: Challenges for Governance in the 21st Century”, directed by Dr Suerie Moon
  • 8 – 12 July: “The Global Environmental Crisis: Rising to the Challenges”, directed by Jorge E. Viñuales

The United Nations and Global Challenges Summer Programme


  • Next Session: 19-30 August 2019
  • Application Deadline: 1st May 2019 
  • Understand the UN System, particularly its creation, development and various agencies.
  • Explore the challenges faced by the United Nations and debate the future of international cooperation.
  • Programme website


The Summer Programme on the United Nations and Global Challenges will be open from 19-30 August. This intensive 2-weeks programme is aimed at helping students understand the functioning, history and development of the United Nations, as well as the important challenges facing the organisation.

Our summer programmes are open to students all over the world. These special programmes were developed to allowing students discover the Graduate Institute, Geneva, its courses and faculty. Around 40% of students who participate in our short programmes are later admitted to complete a master or doctoral degree at the Institute.

Format: 26 hours of classes per week over 2 weeks

  • Lectures with Faculty from the Graduate Institute, Geneva
  • Afternoon workshops and visits to the United Nations
  • Small-group study sessions
  • Emphasis on role-playing and simulations to strengthen transferable skills (Model United Nations: conference simulation where students assume the roles of diplomats/government officials and learn how to negotiate)
  • Roundtable on cutting edge issues in international affairs
  • Individual advising on post-graduate studies and careers in international affairs
  • Social events (optional): discover the city of Geneva through a series of events with other participants
  • Lectures and discussions on concepts and key issues in peace and security, human rights and humanitarian challenges, international development, North-South relations and the future of global governance

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For more information please contact: [email protected]