Why Choose us?

The Geneva School of Diplomacy is a small, private university specialized in the teaching of International Relations & Diplomacy. We are located in the very heart of the diplomatic world.  Our connections with surrounding international organisations, missions and NGO’s, the small, interactive classes with highly distinguished faculty members and the many lectures hosted by high profile guest speakers, give our students the ability to create a network that can be life lasting and life changing. GSD graduates will possess academic, vocational and practical diplomatic skills needed to enter their professional field of preference.

The main reasons people choose to study at GSD:

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Focus on Essential Skills

  • Working as an international public servant requires more than a theoretical foundation. Our methods at GSD seek to prepare students to take those theories of international relations and put them into practice.
  • Through a unique teaching method our students are taught to refine analytical skills and to utilise those skills towards today’s most pressing issues (e.g. conflict resolution, global health, climate change, crisis management, and human rights).
  • Public and private executives need to be good advocates – articulating vision, arguing for that perspective and building political consensus towards that vision. This process requires an intercultural understanding and the ability to articulately express oneself and negotiate. At GSD we focus on and develop these essential skills.

Why Choose Switzerland

Studying international relations does not only take place inside a classroom. In fact, it is best learned in praxis while on location. The best way to make the most out of studying international relations abroad is by choosing the right location and aligning it with your academic or career goals.

Switzerland has topped the list of the best countries to study International Relations abroad. It was the site of the Geneva Convention, and is also home to many international political and economic organizations. Most businesses and offices in Switzerland also cater to international audiences, and political awareness is very much felt throughout the country’s institutions.

Switzerland is convinced of the long-term strategic importance of education and regards it as essential for political stability, increase in wealth, and innovation. As a country whose main resources are knowledge and research, Switzerland acknowledges the vital role played by foreign citizens in the drive for innovation, research and business acumen. And as Switzerland is internationally recognised as a centre of excellence for education, its attraction for studying and research is well-established. The high proportion of foreign university students (27.6%), Ph.D. students (50.2%), teaching and administrative staff (44.5%) attests to this.

Domestic policy places a high value on higher education, and Swiss universities are, as a consequence, generously funded public institutions. Switzerland’s investment in education and research is among the highest of all OECD countries. As a result, Switzerland boasts both the highest number of registered patents in all European countries and one of the highest numbers of Nobel Prizes pro capital in the world.

Why Choose International Relations?

Today’s global environment is rapidly changing. The main goal of international cooperation is to facilitate the mobility of persons and resources between different countries, the figure of the diplomat, has more than ever, a strategic role because he or she represents the bridge of the dialogue with other cultures, through which to promote the mutual relations and pacifically solve probable controversies. An expert in international relations must have economic sensibility as well as managerial skills, in order to identify potential risks and benefits of any initiative. Negotiations is more than ever at the center of diplomacy, to face matters of planetary interest, like security issues and crisis management, climate change and the energetic efficiency and also incorporating international aid organizations.


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