The Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations (GSD) invites you to an invaluable experience in an international environment. By undertaking our accelerated one-semester-immersion course, you will gain first-hand exposure to the work of the international organizations and how diplomatic actors face new issues, policies and negotiations. GSD would like to provide a hands-on training experience that will equip you to engage in International Relations and Diplomacy.

Based in the heart of the most active center for multilateral diplomacy, Geneva is host to over 250 NGOs, 168 foreign states, and has been hosting international organizations for over 100 years. Organizations such as the United Nations office at Geneva (UNOG), the International Labor Organization, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Committee of the Red Cross and the World Trade Organization (WTO) have a seat in Geneva, with over 40, 000 international diplomats and civil servants working in this international setting. Not only is Geneva the center for diplomacy, it is also a welcoming environment of a wide range of cultures, with over 100 nationalities currently living and working in the city.

Whether your background or interest lie in private, public or the non-profit sector, GSD would like to encourage a fulfilling and useful experience that will enhance knowledge and boost a lasting career.

We will provide opportunities to gain reputable contacts, experience and resources in the field of International Relations and Diplomacy through the promotion of the different international events in the area and, of course, our distinguished faculty.

We will guarantee an increase in knowledge and awareness of contemporary issues through a range of seminars and guest lectures from high level experts and officials from the international environment.


With more than 190 international organizations, Geneva is the pre-eminent diplomatic crossroads of our time. This gives students the opportunity to build an international network and gain valuable international work experience in the fields of human rights, disarmament, investment, trade, international law, conflict resolution and many other I.R. related fields. The Geneva School of Diplomacy (GSD) helps students tap into the tremendous potential of this city through practical, hands-on training that assists them to establish relationships with Geneva-based international organizations. Our Bachelor and Master Students leverage the resources of GSD to participate in a wide variety of internship opportunities that complement their studies. Doing an internship is not mandatory for STCC candidates, however they do have the option to take on internships during their studies at GSD (possibilities are subjected to visa clearance – please contact our admissions office for more information about visa issues). For more information about our Internship Programme, please click here.


The Short Term Certificate Course Programme offers candidates the option to audit 3 core courses of the Master’s curriculum. The candidate first has to apply for the program and once admitted – he or she will be informed of the classes to choose from which are offered during that particular intake.

Example of Core courses Master’s Programme:

  1. World Politics: Trends and Transformations
  2. Diplomatic Negotiations: Policy, Practice, Procedures
  3. International Managerial Economics
  4. Core Concepts of International Law
  5. Research Design and Methodology

For more detailed information about the core courses offered, please see the STCC Handbook.

Candidates of the STCC programme will receive an Official Certificate of Completion at the end of their semester. Participation in the STCC programme does not result in any European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credit points, as there are no mandatory exams for candidates auditing classes.

Programme specifications
Duration: 14 weeks
Tuition: Please see this page for tuition fee and policies
Intakes: September and February of each year
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Language of study: English
Prerequisites: Minimum Bachelor degree, CV, transcripts and a motivation letter.

For more detailed information on this programme, please contact us via: or download the folder.


Please see below the necessary documents in order to apply for the STCC programme:

 Minimum Bachelor degree, CV, transcripts and a motivation letter.


Payments can be made by using the following bank details:
Account’s holder:  Geneva School of Diplomacy & International Relations
Address:  Château de Penthes, Chemin de l’Impératrice 18,
1292 Pregny /Switzerland
Name of the bank: UBS SA
Address of the bank: 8098 ZURICH / SWITZERLAND
Account #:   22855816401Q
IBAN: CH460022822855816401Q
Reference: Candidate’s name + course reference “Short Term Certificate Course (+year of intake)”

Payments through Paypal are accepted but are subject to commission depending on the countries. Please note that we only accept payments that also cover the transfer fees charged by Paypal, apart from the school fees.

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