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The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is a private foundation, receiving financial support from the Swiss Confederation and the Canton of Geneva.


The Institute’s mission is to provide independent and rigorous analyses of contemporary global issues. At the crossroads of international relations and development studies, it pursues this mission through:

English-French instruction, a cosmopolitan faculty and student body (over 100 nationalities), substantial student financial support (scholarships and part-time jobs) and a worldwide student exchange network are the attributes which make this institute unique on the international academic scene.

In addition to the MIDS, the Graduate Institute offers further executive master programs, including International Negotiation and Policy-Making, in Development Studies, and one in Environmental Governance, among other degree and short course training.  


From the Director

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies' main teaching mission is to prepare its students to assume leadership roles in the international community. Our ambition is also to offer young and mid-career professionals the tools and knowledge they need to advance their career and increase their contribution to the many problems of our world and in that regard our partnership with the University of Geneva, particularly its Law Faculty, has proven to be highly instrumental. Between them, our two institutions have more than a dozen professors specializing in international public and private law, an exceptional density of competences that very few places in the world can match. The Master's program in international dispute settlement is an important illustration of our partnership and we have every reason to be proud of a program that corresponds so much to the role of Geneva as a world place for dispute settlement and the vocation of our Institute as a center of excellence in international studies.

Professor Philippe Burrin
Director of the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, Geneva