Our summer participants

The Graduate Institute, Geneva is home to students from all over the world, giving us a truly global perspective and contributing to the sense of community that we have on campus. 

Who are our Summer Students?


Our participants are undergraduate students (BA) in social sciences (65%), as well as graduate students (MA) and young professionals who would like to strengthen their understanding of international affairs and international trade.

Applicants are expected to be proficient in English, although English language certificates are not required.



Summer Programme on International Affairs
Summer Programme on the United Nations
Summer Programmes at the Graduate Institute, Geneva


Discover our Summer Programme on International Affairs, Trade and Development

Michelle Luu and Ifunanya Enezuagu

How the Graduate Institute's Summer Programme helped Michelle Luu (USA) and Ifunanya Enezuagu (Nigeria) gain access to international opportunities, create strong bonds with a diverse group of peers and be inspired by an unforgettable experience.

Natasha Irisarri Lolin

During her time at the Graduate Institute's Summer Programme, Natasha Irisarri Lolin was stimulated by the Institute’s location in the heart of International Geneva, as well as the diverse student population and small class sizes, which sparked close relationships with her peers.

Summer Programmes at the Graduate Institute
Winter Programme: UN and Global Challenges

Zubin Malhotra

For Zubin Malhotra (Australia), the Graduate Institute was a “great entry point” to understand the workings of the United Nations and the international humanitarian sector, and created opportunities, like a six-month internship in New York.

Aditi Verghese

How the Graduate Institute's Summer Programme helped Aditi Verghese, Master candidate in International Law, become an international trade lawyer.

Summer Programme: The Fast Track to a Dream Career


Lou Granier

Etudiante en management du développement à la London School of Economics

Ma participation aux programmes International Affairs et UN and Global Challenges m’a permis de découvrir le système de gouvernance internationale, ses acteurs et ses problématiques. Tous les enseignements reposaient sur la conviction passionnée que malgré sa complexité, il faut continuer à “penser notre monde” en adoptant une vision critique et non cynique. Les solutions novatrices naissent d’une fertilisation croisée des expériences mondiales et locales, dans les pays développés et les pays en développement, par un processus inclusif plutôt que spécialisé, rassemblant des défis et des propositions normalement considérés comme contraires.



Rachael Mackie

Bachelor of Arts in Security, Terrorism, and Counter-Terrorism. Bachelor of Arts (Honours) International Relations and Political Studies. Australia.
2016 Winter Programme on the United Nations and Global Challenges

"The mix of students, experience, and nationalities was wonderfully diverse and made for an amazing start to what has undoubtedly been one of the most profound two weeks of my academic and professional life to date.

The scope of topics, mixed with the diversity of our group made for lively participation, discussion, and an overall deepening of knowledge. The programme had a balanced mix of lectures, talks, group work, tours, and even a mock General Assembly negotiation!

What was most appealing about the course, I found however, was that each topic was delivered by individuals who had a broad and often personal experience within their field. From actual or former United Nations delegates, to heads of NGOs, to academia, the combined expertise and knowledge of all speakers was exceptional.

The individuals that made up our collective are amazingly inspirational each in their own way. I honestly believe that in some way each and everyone one of us will strive to make a positive difference in this world and in large part this is due to the Graduate Institute and their programmes. I expect the relationships formed over the two weeks will likely last a life-time. Whether you are just starting out with little understanding or whether you have a wealth of experience and expertise, the Winter Programme on the United Nations and Global Challenges caters well for both, and everything in between. I am honoured to have been considered worthy to have been included within this company of great minds. I am so grateful for having had this opportunity and for such a wonderful life experience. I encourage anyone who has the opportunity to take hold of this with both hands and never look back."



Elise Maarschalkerweerd

Bachelor of Humanistic Studies, University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht, The Netherlands
2014 Summer Programme on International Affairs and Multilateral Governance
2016 Winter Programme on the United Nations and Global Challenges

"The experiences I have had at the Graduate Institute have been of untold value to me. I consider myself lucky to have been involved in both the Summer Programme on International Affairs and Multilateral Governance as the Winter Programme on the United Nations and Global Challenges.

On arrival at the Institute we were warmly welcomed by Eliane and her colleagues, who also took excellent care of us during the programmes. Not only inside the Institute, but also they would join us on/in our visits to the UN and UNHCR, they organised social events and offered support in unfortunate circumstances such as illness.

The quality of the courses is something I have not experienced before. Expert lecturers from all over the globe were asked to share their knowledge and give workshops. Not only did they do so in an exceptional manner, they were also extremely enthusiastic and inspirational. What I liked most was the space given for interaction. You are encouraged to ask questions, to comment or to critique during lectures. This made me feel like I was a true part of the programme and boosted my confidence.

Participants were from mixed backgrounds, from bachelor students to professionals, which was a great foundation to learn from everyone's different experiences, values and upbringings. Also it functioned, and still does, as an academic and social support base. Almost two years after my first programme I am still in touch with some of my peers.

Long story short, I would recommend the Graduate Institute Geneva to any individual who is driven to expand their knowledge and network and already works or is interested in work in the relevant fields."




Wen Hu

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (International Journalism), China
2016 Winter Programme on the United Nations and Global Challenges

"I am a senior undergraduate and hope to pursue my Masters degree in International Affairs. The Winter Programme on the United Nations and Global Challenges at the Graduate Institute offers both academic and professional opportunities: lectures cover almost all major fields of United Nations and discuss current global challenges such as terrorism, migration, and climate change. The unique location of the Institute provides participants with a professional experience in the UN. I successfully obtained an internship at UNCTAD through this winter programme network."