After you arrive

What you need to do when you first arrive at the Graduate Institute.


  1. COVID19 quarantine

    If you arriving from a "high risk" country, you must announce your arrival to the Geneva health authorities, within 48 hours, using this form

    The list of countries considered by the Swiss authorities as "high risk" is available here.

    More information about COVID19 related measure in the Geneva canton can be found on this page.

    Additional information from the Swiss federal (national) authorities can be found here.

    These pages are updated regularly by the authorities.

  2. French course (starts on 30 August)
  3. Present your original documents to finalise your registration (From 31 August)

    Update: Document authentication under COVID19
  4. Register for your first semester courses (1st - 28 September)
  5. Tuition fees and scholarship payments
  6. Apply for your residence permit (within 10 days of your arrival)
  7. Orientation Day (20 September) (semester classes begin on 21 September)
  8. Insurance (ASAP)

The Orientation Programme from last year

2021-2022 Academic Year Welcome Programme

Present your original Documents to finalise your registration


When: From 31 August till 1 October

Swiss regulations require each student to register, or enrol, through his/her institution of higher education in Switzerland.


You will receive an email from us to book a registration appointment.


Individual registration appointments take place on campus at the Maison de la paix, at the admission office, Petal 1.

What to bring?

All students:
- Passport or identity card (with photo)

Master students:
- Official, final bachelor's degree transcript
- Bachelor's degree diploma

PhD students:
- Official, final master's degree transcript
- Master's degree diploma

If your official diploma is not printed yet, you will need:
- An official letter from your university, stating the date on which it is expected and confirming your successful completion of the degree

If you have outstanding admission conditions, you will need:
- All the documents required to lift the conditions

If you were previously enrolled at a Swiss university, you will need:
- Exmatriculation attestation

If you completed high school (secondary) schooling in Switzerland, bring:
- Your original Maturité (Matura) diploma

Certified translations
-Required for all documents in a language other than English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or ancient Latin

Chinese and Russian students
- Official, original notarisation certificates



  • We cannot accept a transcript of grades in lieu of a university diploma, even if it states degree completion.
  • We will not keep your originals. You will only need to show them during your registration appointment.
  • Students who fail to complete their registration will not be able to join our study programmes.


The registration process allows us to:

  • See your original documents, in order to authenticate the transcripts and diploma of the degree on which we based our admission decision, per Swiss higher education regulations.
  • Ensure that you have a Swiss Higher Education Information System ID number ("SIUS" number).

    This in turn permits us to comply with the data transmission requirements of the Swiss Federal Office of Statistics. The SIUS number ensures that student data is processed anonymously.

    If you have previously enrolled at a Swiss institution of higher education, you already have a SIUS number: please bring your exmatriculation certificate from the previous institution.
  • Send accurate student records to the Swiss Federal Office of Social Security, to ensure that each student has a Swiss social security ("AVS") number.

    We need your date and place of birth and your parents' names for the Social Security Office to identify you.

    If you live in Switzerland, you will need this number for various services, including medical insurance.

    Even if you do not plan to live in Switzerland, you must have a social security number it's the law.

Register for your first semester courses


When: 1st - 28 September

The course curricula for 2021-2022 is available on this page.

Online course registration for the 2021-2022 Autumn semester will take place in two sessions and will be open to students as follows:

First session: from Wednesday 1 September, 15:00, to Tuesday 14 September 23:59 (Geneva time).

The first session will consist of a series of rounds. All students must register for courses during these rounds to be able to secure seats in those courses.

Second session: from Tuesday 21 September, 15:00, to Tuesday 28 September 17:00 (Geneva time).
The second registration session will allow students to have a drop/add week after they experience the first lecture of the courses they are interested in, so that they

  • Drop courses they had registered for;
  • Confirm their course registration where they had been waitlisted during the first session;
  • Register for courses where there are still places available.
  • Upon registration, students registered for a course (including waitlisted students) will be automatically registered to the Moodle for that course. All students will also receive a Google Calendar invitation with access to the videoconference for the course they are registered for, in case they need to follow the course online.

The second registration session will close on 28 September, marking the end of the registration process. Modifications to the course registration will no longer be possible after that date and access to the registration system will be limited to a read-only mode.

Please check your email to find your online course registration guide.

AnchorCourse load

  • The normal course load for master students is five courses, or 30 ECTS, per semester. The minimum course load for master students is three courses, or 18 ECTS, per semester.
  • Master students must complete a total of 120 ECTS over four semesters (two years), of which at least 90 ECTS in taught (classroom) coursework (per prescribed curricula) and 30 ECTS earned for their master thesis, submitted in the fourth semester.
  • Generally, the 90 ECTS taught courses are completed in the first three semesters so that the final (fourth) semester can be dedicated to writing the master thesis.
  • Doctoral students must complete a minimum of 24 ECTS (36 in specific departments) in taught (classroom) coursework: 6-credit courses and 3-credit seminars. These are usually completed in the first two semesters.
  • In addition, doctoral students must earn 30 credits for a preliminary thesis dissertation, submitted in their third semester.
  • Doctoral students can add a minor by completing 18 additional ECTS from a set list of options in another department. Requests for a minor can be submitted in any one of the first four semesters of a doctoral programme. Contact


AnchorExchange programmes

  • The third semester may be spent at a partner university on one of our exchange programmes, subject to application requirements. To participate in an exchange programme, students must successfully complete 60 ECTS in the first two semesters.
  • Credits earned at the partner university are generally recognised as part of the master's degree requirements.

Tuition fees and scholarships


Paying Your Tuition Fees

Invoices will be available on "Campus" under "Invoicing" and will need to be paid as follows:






1st semester

CHF 3,000*

CHF 1,500**

Early August


2nd semester

CHF 4,000

CHF 2,500



Subsequent semesters follow the same schedule

*  CHF 4,000-CHF 1,000 already paid by way of the pre-registration fee
** CHF 2,500-CHF 1,000 already paid by way of the pre-registration fee

To determine Swiss residency status per the Graduate Institute’s regulations, proof of residency at the time of application will be requested in May-June 2018. To qualify:
- Holders of a Swiss passport must provide a Swiss tax declaration for the relevant period;
- Non-Swiss nationals must provide a valid Swiss residence permit for the relevant period.

Tuition balances are adjusted for students who receive financial aid in the form of tuition reduction.

Your certificate of registration is available on "Campus" under "Reporting". This certificate will be required for your residence permit application.


Getting Your Scholarship

Scholarships are disbursed in ten instalments, at the beginning of every month, from September to June.

The first monthly disbursement is made in cash via a designated local bank:

  1. Obtain your student card
  2. Present your student card and scholarship letter to the Institute’s Accounting Service to receive a scholarship disbursement letter
  3. Show your scholarship disbursement letter at the designated bank to obtain your first scholarship instalment

Subsequent disbursements are made every first working day of the month, by bank transfer.

How to open a bank account in Switzerland: bank transfer.

If you have been granted a CHF 20,000 scholarship, you will receive ten instalments of CHF 2,000.
If you have been granted a CHF 10,000 scholarship, you will receive ten instalments of CHF 1000.

Tuition reduction, on the other hand, is deducted directly from tuition invoices.

Orientation programme

Monday 20 September 2021

Download programme