The Bachelor of Arts in International Relations 


Wanting to be introduced to the broad field of International Relations, its basic concepts, theories and methods, as well as specialized and interdisciplinary fields


A broad scholarly understanding of the way the world works as well as training in research, analytical, and presentation/communication skills


  • A member of your country’s Foreign Service
  • A key player in an international organisation
  • An executive in a multinational corporation
  • A development expert in an NGO

Students come to the Geneva School of Diplomacy from over 45 countries spanning the globe and carry with them a diversity of not only cultures, but also interests, worldviews, experiences and dreams. Such diversity, along with our commitment to exceptional quality and individual attention, are hallmarks of the Geneva School of Diplomacy experience. 




The Geneva School of Diplomacy has decided to donate a number of partial scholarships for its university degree programmes:

  • Bachelor of Arts in International Relations [BA-IR]
  • Master of International Relations [MIR]

✔  Hurry last minute offer! Apply NOW – scholarship applicants may start as soon February 2020

✔  Preference will be given to the most meriting and motivated applicants



Our approach

GSD focuses very clearly on preparing individuals for a successful career within management-level positions within the public and private sectors, principally through its combined theoretical and practical approach in our teaching methods.  We therefore offer a unique combination of conceptual courses focused on theory and the development of essential diplomatic skills.

The GSD curriculum is based on 3 main pillars:
1. International Relations
2. International Law
3. International Economics

Some of the courses you will be studying include:

  • Digital Diplomacy: Strategies and Tools
  • Blue Diplomacy: International Ocean and Marine Governance
  • Religions, Ethics, and International Politics
  • Commercial Diplomacy
  • Civil Society, Coalitions, and Networks
  • Global Environmental Governance
  • Human Rights Jurisprudence
  • Media and International Affairs
  • Democracy: Problems and Prospects
  • Geopolitical Analysis
  • Sustainable Development Diplomacy
  • Global Health
  • Introduction to International Law
  • International Economics
  • Migration
  • Humanitarian Operations
  • Academic Writing
  • Diplomatic Neighbourhood: Intergovernmental Organisations
  • Key Leadership Skills
  • Diplomatic Protocol and Etiquette
  • Political Rhetoric & Discourse Analysis
  • Mediation, Dispute Settlement and Conflict Resolution
  • Media Communication & Public Speaking
  • Negotiation Techniques


GSD students are required to do internships as part of their curriculum in International Relations. This is an ideal way for students to gain practical experience and apply theoretical knowledge to real world issues.

In order to help students in their internship search, GSD has developed regular agreements with a network of organizations, benefiting from its Geneva location and the nearby presence of embassies, diplomatic missions, governmental agencies, NGO’s, multi-national private corporations, etc.


Enrolled students can view the current vacancies on the GSD Intranet, please click here to see the list. You can also have a look at the NGO Recruitment Platform. The platform displays jobs, internships and voluntary positions offered by Geneva based NGOs. It is open to NGOs that have an up-to-date and validated profile with the NGO Service.

Student Exchange Programs

GSD has several partnerships with prestigious universities worldwide. These partnerships include the possibility for students to do an exchange programme of 1 or 2 semesters abroad. Students can choose between Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia and Georgetown University, Washington DC among others.


BA-IR Courses

Please see the BA-IR Programme courses for the Autumn semester of 2019 here. Please note that schedules are subjected to changes and you will receive the final course schedule on the first day of your studies.


Student Profile

Nationalities GSD student body:

  • 32% Europe
  • 23% Asia Pacific
  • 17% Africa
  • 16% Americas
  • 12% Middle East

Type of high school:

  • 82% private
  • 18% public

Type of originate degree:

  • 30% International Baccaulerate
  • 70% Standard Diploma

Some statistics on BA student body

  • Average age of bachelor students: 21 years
  • Average languages spoken: 4

Entry requirements

Students are required to have completed any recognised school leaving certificate, the International Baccalaureate Programme, A-Levels, American Placement, French baccalauréat, Maturita, Abitur, etc. to be able to apply for the Bachelor’s Programme. Due to the diversity of applicants, there are other international qualifications that we may accept as equivalent of a university entry level. As the language of instruction is English, you need to submit a proof of your language proficiency. Prospective students may be dispensed from written proof of English language test if they have: 1) Attended an international school where the language of instruction was English. 2) Their mother tongue is English. 3) Passed the admissions interview (in person or facilitated via IT media) resulting in a satisfactory command of the English language by the admissions department. 4) Passed the compulsory motivational essay as part of the application process written in English.

Graduation Requirements

A normal year of full-time study, therefore, earns the student 60 credit points towards the necessary graduation total of 180 credit points (ECTS), achievable in three years. An internship program and other special events/study experiences throughout the academic year are mandatory components of the program.

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