Reasons to join GSD

Attracting students from all over the world, the GSD is committed to offering the highest standard of education to a small number of highly qualified students, who are committed towards both the theoretical and practical underpinnings of International Relations. GSD offers internationally competitive degrees at both the bachelor and graduate levels.

Why GSD?

At GSD we aim to provide our graduates with the necessary skills required to excel in the field of international affairs. The small class sizes at GSD create greater interaction between our students and professors. GSD Faculty is composed of well-established academics and practitioners of international relations. Our programmes combine theory and practice, through a unique combination of conceptual courses and an applied internship within the diplomatic community.

All GSD graduates have been taught to develop these three skills:

  • Working as an international public servant requires more than a theoretical foundation. Our methods at GSD seek to prepare students to take those theories of international relations and put them into practice. 
  • Through a unique teaching method our students are taught to refine analytical skills and to utilise those skills towards today's most pressing issues (e.g. conflict resolution, global health, climate change, crisis management, and human rights).
  • Public and private executives need to be good advocates - articulating vision, arguing for that perspective and building political consensus towards that vision. This process requires an intercultural understanding and the ability to articulately express oneself and negotiate. At GSD we focus on and develop these essential skills. 

Why International Relations?

Today’s global environment is rapidly changing. The main goal of international cooperation is to facilitate the mobility of persons and resources between different countries, the figure of the diplomat, has more than ever, a strategic role because he represents the bridge of the dialogue with other cultures, through which to promote the mutual relations and pacifically solve probable controversies. Moreover, the recent financial crisis presented the risk of speculative bubbles, of instability and divergence of competitiveness. In fact, an expert in international relations must have economic sensibility as well as managerial skills, in order to identify potential risks and benefits of any initiative. Negotiations is more than ever at the center of diplomacy, to face matters of planetary interest, like security issues and crisis management, climate change and the energetic efficiency and also incorporating international aid organizations.

Why Geneva?

The Strategic Position of Geneva

Geneva is perfectly located in the heart of Europe: Less than six hours of driving, or less than a one-hour flight, takes you to the South of France, Paris, Munich in southern Germany, or Northern Italy.

To study in Switzerland is to study in possibly the world’s most beautiful country. Mountains, lakes, pastures, clean and beautiful towns – Switzerland is famous for its extraordinarily beautiful scenery and has been voted Number 1 for the second year running on the World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness report.


Geneva - World Capital of Diplomacy