The Geneva School of Diplomacy follows a system of rolling admissions, i.e. admissions may be submitted anytime throughout the year for an intake in the future. Our next intakes are: September 2017 and February 2018. You can enter your preferred start-date on the application form.

On the pages of our respective programmes you will find useful information on admission requirements, on how to prepare your application and on how we can assist you during this process.  In the case where you may require a student visa for residence in Switzerland, be sure to apply at least three months in advance or to reach out to our Admissions Office for support if there is a shorter time frame. Late applications may be considered as spaces remain available.

For more information about accommodation options and living in Geneva, please click here.

Transfer to GSD

Students interested in transferring to GSD may contact us directly via phone (+41 22 300 33 77) or email at For more information about our transfer policy, please click here. If you would like to apply directly for one of our programmes, please click here.

Visa & Immigration Requirements

While GSD dedicates a special session during its Induction Programme related to the exact procedures (which forms to complete and to provide to the Cantonal authorities in Geneva), note that some nationalities must fulfil obligations before entering Switzerland.

Although GSD is committed to assisting students with immigration procedures and completion of their applications, please note that GSD has no legal capacity to intervene with the authorities. It is a student’s responsibility to fulfil legal obligations to obtain immigration approval.


When you study at the Geneva School of Diplomacy you’re studying at the most beautiful campus in the heart of the biggest diplomatic neighbourhood on the planet. This gives our students the opportunity to build an international network and gain valuable work experience in the fields of their interest. The Geneva School of Diplomacy contributes actively to the intellectual stimulation of the international diplomatic and expatriate community in Geneva through a number of outreach activities. To see why you should choose Switzerland and more importantly GSD as your next destination to study International Relations, please click here.

Information on immigration

Documents required when applying for a student Visa / Permit

  • Application for student permit (to be completed by all students regardless of nationality): Formulaire UE
  • Additional form for NON-EU Nationals: Formulaire M
  • Certificate of financial responsibility form: Formulaire O
  • Form for Long Term Visa: Formulaire D

Document required before leaving Switzerland (end of your studies):

Immigration guidelines

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