Academic Excellence is Our Mission

Learn to analyse and stimulate critical thinking in the fields of international relations and development

The Graduate Institute is the oldest institution in the world entirely devoted to the study of international issues. Thanks to its professors and doctoral students, to the centres created with the University of Geneva and to the array of knowledge found in Maison de la paix and International Geneva, it offers a unique density of expertise on the challenges of globalisation.





Experience an institution on a human scale, where students and teachers work closely together.

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    I adapt my course syllabi every year to take into account the lessons learned from previous years, to update readings and explore new avenues. The last fine-tuning is done when I meet the students for the first time.
    Vinh-Kim Nguyen
    Professor, Anthropology and Sociology




    31 from American universities

    • Columbia University
    • Harvard University
    • Johns Hopkins University
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Princeton University
    • University of Chicago
    • University of Michigan
    • Yale University
    • Others (the American University, and the universities of Berkeley, Boston, Cornell, Georgia, McGill, New York, Pittsburgh, Stanford)

    31 from European universities

    • European University Institute, Florence
    • London School of Economics and Political Science
    • Sciences Po, Paris
    • Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas
    • University of Oxford
    • Others (the universities of Bristol, Cambridge, Freie-Berlin, Genoa, Heidelberg, Konstanz, London, Milan, Namur, Warwick, as well as universities in Paris)

    11 from Swiss universities

    • The Graduate Institute, Geneva
    • Others (the universities of Geneva, Lausanne, Neuchâtel, Zurich)


    Meet our Faculty





    Teaching at the Graduate Institute is based on independent and innovative research, which provides a unique interface between the academic world and the students. Experience our vibrant intellectual community with shared interests in international and development issues!

    Research Clusters


    9 Research centres


    • Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy
    • Centre for Finance and Development
    • Centre for International Environmental Studies
    • Centre for Trade and Economic Integration
    • Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding
    • Gender Centre
    • Global Governance Centre
    • Global Health Centre
    • Global Migration Centre

    Learn more


    • Bilateral Assistance and Capacity
    • Building for Central Banks (BCC)
    • The Geneva Peacebuilding Platform
    • Global Commission on Drug Policy
    • Inclusive Peace and Transition Initiative (IPTI)
    • Network for International Policies and Cooperation in Education and Training (NORRAG)
    • The Small Arms Survey (SAS)



    • Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
    • Geneva Center for International Dispute Settlements (CIDS)
    • Geneva Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH)


    Global Challenges no 5

    New Grammars of War: Conflict and Violence in the 21st Century

    Global Challenges is a series of research dossiers designed to share with a broader, non-specialist audience the ideas, knowledge, opinions and debates produced at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.


    An international network of academic partners


    Experience the Institute's international exchange programmes with universities across the world!

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    international career

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