Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID)
Geneva, Switzerland

Are classes taught in English?

While classes are taught in both English and French, the majority of the course offerings are taught in English. Students may elect to take classes taught only in English, for which there are about ten offerings available each semester, or between 15 and 20 each academic year. Should students opt to take courses in French, they must provide evidence of proficiency in that language deemed sufficient by the Graduate Institute. Available course offerings cover a range of fields, such as International Law and Terrorism, International Health Law, Corporate Responsibility in Transnational and International Law, and more. For more details about course offerings at the Graduate Institute, visit the current course catalogue. Students who are interested in enrolling in French courses at the Graduate Institute may be eligible to do so should there be space available and provided that the applicable fees for such courses are covered by the student.

What are the major strengths of the program?

The curriculum is particularly strong in International Law, Human Rights Law, and Trade Law. Previous students have pursued studies at the Graduate Institute with an emphasis on International Humanitarian Law, International Health Law, and International Business Law.

How many U.S. exchange students are there?

The number of U.S. exchange students varies from one year to the next. In the 2012-2013 academic year, eight of the 17 exchange students at the Graduate Institute were from the U.S. In the two prior years, there were three and 14 U.S. exchange students, respectively. The Graduate Institute will accept two students from UCLA Law per semester, or no more than four per academic year. The Graduate Institute also has exchange agreements with Boston University, Michigan, and Harvard, and welcomes approximately one to four students combined per year from these law schools. Between 20 and 30 students from other institutions abroad participate in exchanges at the Graduate Institute over the course of an academic year, with the majority of those exchanges concentrated in the fall semester. These students come from a range of nearly 30 different institutions with whom the Graduate Institute holds exchange partnerships from Brazil Egypt, Ghana, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Singapore and more.  Learn more about the Graduate Institute's partner schools.

What is the term schedule?

The fall semester runs from mid-September to late December. The spring semester runs from February to June. There are a greater number of elective courses available during the spring semester, and exchange students receive priority placement in elective courses. Visit the Graduate Institute’s current academic calendar for more information.

Where can I get housing?

Incoming students may contact the Housing Services office of the University of Geneva to obtain assistance in organizing their housing arrangements in Geneva, but accommodations are not guaranteed. Housing in Geneva is particularly scarce, so students are encouraged to begin their search as soon as possible. The Student Services Office will help incoming students coordinate their arrival and stay in Geneva and offer assistance regarding visas, housing, course registration, logistics, and more. Housing in Geneva can range from about $525 - $1,250 per month, depending on preferences and amenities. Incoming students may apply for housing at the IHEID Student House (Residence Edgar et Daniele De Picciotto), the student halls/residences around Geneva, and/or private housing options in Geneva and neighboring towns, though placement is not guaranteed. More details about accommodations and the housing market in Geneva is available on The Graduate Institute’s Student Portal. Students are advised to budget approximately $1,200 to $2,100 per month to cover housing, living, and other additional expenses in Geneva.