Why choose us

The Geneva School of Diplomacy & International Relations is a world-class premium institution specialising in the teaching of International Relations & Diplomacy. We are located in the very heart of the diplomatic world. Through our close partnerships with the surrounding international organisations, missions and NGOs, coupled with our small, interactive classes with highly distinguished faculty members and the many lectures hosted by high-profile guest speakers, our students are able to create a network that can be life-long and life-changing. Graduates of GSD emerge equipped with the academic, vocational and practical diplomatic skills needed to excel in their chosen profession.

Reasons people choose to study at GSD:
  • Located in the heart of the most diplomatic neighborhood in the world

  • Highly distinguished faculty and small interactive classes

  • Mandatory internships leading to promising career opportunities

  • Unmatched networking possibilities

  • Theory and praxis-oriented curriculum aligned with current labour needs

  • Personalised attention and support tailored to students’ needs

Why choose Geneva, Switzerland?

Study where your degree is in high demand! As the world’s most important and prestigious diplomatic hub, Geneva offers internships and career opportunities in the fields of international relations and diplomacy at a rate unmatched anywhere else in the world.


  • 41 international organizations in the Lake Geneva Region (44 in total in Switzerland).
  • 180 states represented
  • Over 750 Non-governmental organizations (NGO)
  • Over 32,000 international civil servants, diplomats and representatives of the civil society
  • More than 4,700 annual visits of heads of state and government, ministers and other dignitaries
  • More than 4,000 conferences per year are organised in face-to-face, teleconference or hybrid mode and attended by approximately 366,000 delegates from around the world.


Nestled in the heart of Europe, Switzerland enjoys a central location providing unparalleled accessibility. Reach the major European cities in under 2 hours.


Switzerland is a global hub for diplomacy, finance, and international organisations. With over 2,000 multinational organisations within its borders, Switzerland is an ideal environment for those aspiring to engage in global affairs.


Switzerland’s reputation for political stability and neutrality enhances its appeal. This stability creates an environment conducive to learning and fosters a sense of security for residents and students alike.


Switzerland’s multilingual environment, with German, French, Italian, and Romansh as official languages, provides a unique opportunity to learn new languages and discover new cultures. Although not an official language, English is widely spoken throughout the country.

42% of Geneva’s residents are foreign nationals. This diversity contributes to a rich and inclusive educational experience.

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 the theories of international relations and put them into practice.

  • Our students are taught to refine their analytical skills and apply them to today’s most pressing issues (e.g. conflict resolution, global health, climate change, crisis management, and human rights).

  • A good leader is a good advocate – articulating a vision and building political consensus towards that vision. This process requires an intercultural understanding and the ability to express oneself and negotiate. At GSD we focus on developing these fundamental skills.

Why choose International Relations?

  • Opens the door to pursue diverse career paths, including diplomacy, politics, international business, development, journalism, and more.
  • Provides a deep understanding of global affairs
  • Equips students with the knowledge and skills to analyse and contribute solutions to pressing global issues
  • Fosters cultural awareness, preparing individuals to navigate diverse and multicultural environments
  • Develops essential critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Increases the opportunity to build an extensive international network
  • Broadens perspectives and prepares students to navigate the complexities of a rapidly changing global landscape