Incoming exchange students

The Graduate Institute is an institution of research and higher education dedicated to the study of world affairs. Our cosmopolitan community located in the heart of International Geneva, prepares future policy-makers to lead tomorrow’s world.

Students from partner institutions are eligible to apply for the exchange programme for one or two semesters. Students must first be nominated by their home university before they may submit their applications.

Incoming Exchange Students Orientation Day

Why participate in an exchange at the Graduate Institute?

  • Our longstanding international reputation

  • Dynamic research community

  • Cosmopolitan community with over 100 nationalities represented

  • Small class sizes 

  • World-renowned international faculty

  • Opportunities to engage with NGO’s, international organisations and multinational companies

  • Bilingual English/French environment

  • Dedicated career service

Fields of Study



  • Be enrolled in a master or PhD programme at one of our partner institutions for at least two semesters/one academic year

  • Have been nominated by their home institution prior to submitting their application file to the Graduate Institute, Geneva

Language Requirements

The Institute has an English-French bilingual teaching policy. Most of the classes, however, are taught in English. Students can express themselves in class and submit written work in either English or French.

All students must have a good command of English. Knowledge of French is not an admission condition.

Students whose mother tongue is not English, who do not have secondary or post-secondary qualifications  taught in English, or who have not spent a minimum of one year studying at university level in English, must provide a certificate to prove their mastery of English. 

Recognised tests and scores

TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language)

  • Internet-test : 100

  • Paper-test : 600

  • Computer based test : 250

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) : 7.0

CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English, Cambridge English, part of the University of Cambridge) : A-B-C

CAE (Cambridge Advanced English, Cambridge English, part of the University of Cambridge) : AB



Further to nomination by their home institutions, candidates will receive a link to our online application form.

In addition to completing the online application form, students are required to submit the following supporting documents to

  • Copies of all academic transcripts and university diplomas

  • English language certificate if applicable (see requirements here)

  • Passport size photo

  • Copy of applicant's passport


  • For a stay during the Autumn Semester: 1 April

  • For a stay during the Spring Semester: 1 November

Successful candidates will be notified by email within a few weeks of the application deadline.


Welcome incoming exchange students

Our incoming exchange portal will provide admitted students with all the information for the preparation of their stay in Geneva and resources available to them at the Institute.

Incoming Exchange portal



Miriam Ahmed on exchange from Sciences Po. Paris
Michelle Williams on exchange from American University, Washington DC

Contact information

Contact us if you have any questions related to the exchange: