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Study international relations in Switzerland


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Study international relations in Switzerland


Switzerland is one of the truly international countries in the world, an ideal place to study international relations and political science. Numerous international organizations were founded and work here - the World Health Organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the United Nations and many others. Switzerland is called the capital of diplomacy, and the headquarters of the International Telecommunication Union and the European communication center Reuters are located here.

Not far from Geneva, Switzerland, at CERN, the World Wide Web was invented. Switzerland is one of the world's largest financial centers, especially in the area of private wealth management.

Due to the constant and rapid changes in today's global environment, international cooperation is of vital importance, its main goal is to facilitate the mobility of resources and people between countries. Diplomats play a strategic role (now more than ever) as they are a bridge for dialogue with other cultures. They contribute to the development of relationships, try to resolve existing disagreements in a peaceful way. International relations professionals must have economic sensitivity, management skills, and be able to easily identify the potential risks and benefits of any initiative. Negotiation is the center of diplomacy: students learn to tackle issues of global concern (security, crisis management, energy efficiency, climate change, international aid organizations).

The birthplace of the Geneva Convention is among the best countries to study international relations abroad. When choosing a university in Switzerland, a student should study world rankings, evaluate a place in the lists, check accreditations, admission requirements, clarify the language - Swiss universities offer training in English and a number of other languages.

Why study international relations in Switzerland?

Students in international relations programs in Switzerland will:

  • Study international relations in Switzerland, the world's largest center for multilateral diplomacy, where 40% of citizens were born outside the country.
  • Will undertake an internship at one of the UN agencies, international organizations or NGOs based in Geneva.
  • They will study at international universities with a worldwide reputation, a multicultural student community.
  • They will attend open seminars, presentations by invited speakers, expert groups, the annual Webster International Humanitarian and Security Conference, meet with diplomats, world officials. The Webster campus is less than 5 km (6 minutes by train) from the United Nations (Geneva).

List of Top Schools in Switzerland Offering Degrees in International Relations

The best schools in Switzerland offer programs in International Relations, Diplomacy and Political Science for international students.

Webster University Geneva

Webster University, Geneva is one of the few universities in the world teaching international relations to students in a city that lives on diplomacy and politics. Geneva has the highest concentration of international organizations, NGOs and diplomatic missions in the world. It is a global meeting place where key decisions about the world are made. All teachers have academic degrees, professional experience in many transnational organizations in Geneva - they teach students the theories and academic aspects of international relations, the realities of world affairs based on their own practical experience, providing valuable knowledge, analysis, understanding.

The Department of International Relations at Webster University Geneva provides students with the opportunity to experience the driving forces of modern politics, the geopolitical history that has shaped the modern world, the analytical skills and critical theories of political science needed to understand these dynamics, and unprecedented access to witnesses to international diplomacy in action.

In the BA in International Relations, students can choose to pursue a degree with either an emphasis on international economics or research on migration and refugees, so that they will gain additional knowledge in one of these important sub-disciplines of international relations.

Students get acquainted not only with the theories of international relations, but also with their realities "on the ground", including the practical activities of many states and non-state actors, allowing them to understand the scale of today's international arena. Whether they study Middle Eastern history, human rights fundamentals, environmental governance, or factors influencing international migration, students will learn from both experienced professors and practitioners.

The curriculum is further expanded by invited speakers from various international organizations, visits to various political agencies in Geneva.

Webster University, Geneva offers an MA in International Relations. Graduates of IR undergraduate programs can continue their studies directly or apply for specialized master's programs at other universities.

International University in Geneva

International University in Geneva (IUG) is an accredited academic institution specializing in business education. The university is a non-profit Swiss Foundation for Higher Education, founded in 1997. Today it is attended by students from over 60 countries.

Students with a master's degree have the opportunity to graduate after a year with two degrees in international relations and diplomacy: the International University of Geneva and the University of Plymouth (UK).

IUG is accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC), the accreditation agency referenced by EQAR, and its programs are accredited by the ACBSP.

The university offers undergraduate and graduate programs in business administration, international relations, digital media, computer science, and international trade.

The university's curriculum includes a unique combination of theoretical and practical training with an emphasis on international business practice. The international exchange program allows students to hone their skills at renowned universities in the world.

  • Diploma program
  • Bachelor of International Relations - Graduates pursue careers in global governance, diplomatic services, international organizations, corporate business, and non-profit organizations.
  • Master in International Relations and Diplomacy - graduates hold leadership positions in international organizations, diplomatic services, the private sector.
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Kuban State University, Russia (World Economics); Westminster University (Business & Management).
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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