Financial aid decisions
The Graduate Institute does not have sufficient funds to assist all students. Consequently, the Financial Aid Committee evaluates the following criteria:
- Documented financial need
- Academic achievement
In their online application, students must document all the elements that impact their financial situation, including all sources of income, liquidities, capital and contributions from family members and other organisations.
A small number of merit-based scholarships are awarded each year on the basis of academic excellence only. These scholarships may be paired with a teaching assistantship or with need-based tuition reduction.
Financial aid is generally renewed for subsequent years of study, provided that recipients are in good academic standing and are able to continue to document their financial need.
Continuing doctoral students are encouraged to seek alternative funds, such as assistantships, research grants, etc.
Earning money from work
Our degree programmes are full-time and are not compatible with full-time employment. Students may work part-time, keeping in mind the potential impact on their academic performance.
Swiss regulations permit foreign students to work at most 15 hours per week during the term time, and full-time (40 hours per week) during vacations. Non-EU students are not permitted to work during the first six months of their stay.
Our Careers Service sends enrolled students regular updates about internal and external vacancies, as well as internship opportunities.