Summer School

Do you consider a career in international affairs in the future and would you like to learn (more) about it? Then come and join us at GSD for a one-week full-time program from Monday 13 to Friday 17 July 2020, and experience the life of a diplomat at the United Nations in Geneva.

Located in Geneva, the world capital of diplomacy, the GSD Summer School in International Relations offers students a unique exposure to the diplomats work in International Relations.

During the week you will engage with peers from different cultural backgrounds and learn from the real-world diplomatic experience of the GSD renowned Faculty through dynamic and interactive learning activities. You will discuss compelling and inspiring topics of diplomacy and international relations in the mornings and visit the major international organizations in Geneva in the afternoons.

GSD Summer School, designed for international students from 15 to 20 years, will help you to prepare for your professional future and develop a more global understanding of the complex issues of diplomacy in the 21st century. The language of instruction is English.


The program will give students the opportunity to experience how global affairs are managed on a daily basis, meet with students from all over the world and make contacts for future internships and career opportunities. The curriculum aims at providing participants with an understanding of the international affairs world. To view 2019 program* please click here. *the 2020 program will be out soon.

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Morning sessions

The morning sessions during the week will cover such topics as:*

  1. United Nations System
  2. Multilateral Diplomacy
  3. International Trade
  4. Human Rights
  5. International Humanitarian Law
  6. Modern Armed Conflicts
  7. Digital Diplomacy
  8. Energy Diplomacy
  9. Sustainable Development
  10.  International Migration

Afternoon visits

In the afternoons you will get inspired by guided visits to international organizations such as:*

  1. the United Nations (UN),
  2. the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR),
  3. the World Trade Organization (WHO),
  4. the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
  5. the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

*Minor last minute changes in the topics and visits might occur


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 “Summer School 2020”. Please note that the deadline for payments is 1 July 2020.

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.

Any financial matters should be addressed to:


To register for the five days Summer School in International Relations, there is a CHF 100,- registration fee (this is non-refundable). The tuition fee for the full week of Summer School is CHF 1.200,-. Your registration will be complete once the payment has been confirmed by GSD. The tuition fee does not include travel costs, accommodation or other living expenses in Geneva. Your place will be reserved upon receipt of your payment.

Please click here to register for the Summer School. The deadline for registration and payment for the Summer School 2020, is 1 July 2020.


The individual courses will take place in two 1.5 hour sessions per day during one week from 09h30 to 12h30. In the afternoons, theory will be put into practice thanks to various visits and briefings at diplomatic missions, United Nations agencies and international development organizations.

For further information on the Summer School, please contact us at:


Students who successfully complete a summer school programme will receive a GSD certificate of completion.


Geneva is a beautiful city full of mystery and places to discover. Nevertheless, at the start, it can be difficult to know where to go. For this reason, we have created a list with activities and places to visit in the city of Calvin so you can enjoy your stay to the fullest.

Accompanying your child(ren) to Geneva?
When your child is participating in our Summer School, you will have plenty of time to visit Geneva. We have created a guide for accompanying parents in order to help you with what to do & where to go. From fancy bars to spas and the best places to eat, not to mention the beautiful museums and hidden places of Calvin’s city. Come and discover with us the magic within this city.

There are a few activities that only happen during this time of the year. Make sure you do not miss them!

Summer Activities

Bains des Pâquis
Théâtre de l’Orangerie

Other useful links: 

Elite Traveler
Condé Nast
The Culture Trip

We hope you will enjoy Geneva in Summer as much as we do!


Let’s start with the bars and rooftops that take protagonism at this particular time of the year. Whether you meet with a friend or you go alone, nothing compares to the beautiful background of the lake while trying new cocktails.


5 Lounge Bar
Rooftop 42
Happy Hour at la Socitété Nautique de Genève
Black Sheep
Soleil Rouge
N’vY Bar
Le Bateau-Lavoir 
Le Bar des Bergues

Moreover, there are wonderful cafés to explore, such as Birdie that proves to be one of the best indie’s cafés. With this list, you can be sure that you will be enjoying your healthy dose of caffeine in the best cafés in town no doubt.


Café Papon
Demi Lune Café
Café Calla
Café du Soleil
Boréal Coffe Shop
Ladurée Geneva

Furthermore, if you are interested in having a gastronomically pleasing experience, you cannot miss any of the places listed below.

Restaurants & Food

Living Room Bar & Kitchen
Il Lago
Restaurant Bayview by Michel Roth
Le Chat-Botté
Restaurant Edelweiss (Swiss)

And as every fun experience has its end, perhaps you could use some time to relax in one of this great spas.

Relaxing Activities & Spas

Bain Bleu
Spa La Mer
Fleurs de Coton
La Reserve
Bains de Cressy (Thermal Baths)
Tai Chi at Bains des Pâquis

Calvin’s city is also blessed with many cultural activities to stimulate even the biggest connoisseur. Here is a list of its most emblematic museums:

Cultural Activities

Musée d’art et d’histoire de Genève
Patek Philippe Museum
Château de Prangins
Musée d’ethnographie de Genève
Musée de la Croix Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge
Musée Ariana
Jardin Botanique de Genève

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