Graduate Institute Geneva, Switzerland


Wellesley College and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva have established a program for Wellesley students to earn both a BA from Wellesley and an MA from the Graduate Institute in 5 years, rather than the normal 6 years. Students will spend the fall semester of their senior year in Geneva, then return for spring semester and graduation at Wellesley. Following graduation they will return to Geneva for their fifth year. French is not a requirement for admission but those students who are not proficient in French will be required to study the language when at the Institute in Geneva.

Commencing in Fall 2016, Wellesley College students may also do a stand-alone undergraduate semester abroad. See details about this program.

The Geneva Institute has a longstanding reputation for its excellence in International Affairs and Development Studies. Students have the opportunity to take advantage of the Institute's academic offerings while living in a city that is host to many International Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, and Diplomatic Missions that are working to address the most pressing global challenges.  

At a Glance (BA-MA Programme)

Students: 1-5 a year.
Senior Fall: late September to late December
Postgraduate Year in Geneva: late September to late September
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Housing: Single room in shared apartment in the Geneva Institute Student House
Senior Fall: Students are responsible for paying tuition to Wellesley. The Geneva Institute will charge students directly for room & board. For the 2019-2020 Academic Year, Wellesley students will receive a $1,000 flight stipend and a $500 cultural allowance. Financial aid will be recalculated based on anticipated living expenses abroad and will also account for airfare costs. 
Postgraduate Year in Geneva: The Geneva Institute will calculate cost and financial aid for the postgraduate year in Geneva. Questions about financing the postgraduate year in Geneva should be directed to the Institute.
Pre-Requisites: 2 semesters French strongly recommended. International Relations or related major. 3.3 GPA.
Language of Instruction: English
Application Deadline: January 15
Masters programs: Anthropology and Sociology of Development, International Economics, International History, International Law, International Relations/Political Science, International Affairs, Development Studies
Full Course Load: 30 ECTS. Each 6-credit course translates to 0.8 Wellesley units.

Application Instructions: Please refer to the link above regarding the Fall Semester in Geneva
Recent Alumnae: See recent alumnae 
Emergency Information: 

Transcripts: After completion of the program, the point of contact for inquiries regarding transcripts is or