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AU students who participate in this one-semester program enroll as full-time students in regular courses alongside all other students at the Institute. Exchange students must take a full courseload at The Graduate Institute, which is an average of five weekly courses in order to earn up to 9 credits toward their MA program at AU. Programs of study at The Graduate Institute include:
Anthropology & Sociology of Development
Development Economics (PhD only)
International Relations/Political Science
International Affairs (MA only)
Development Studies (MA only)
Students are free to choose the coursework that best fits their academic interests and SIS degree program requirements. SIS academic advisor approval of proposed coursework is required during the application process.
A basic knowledge of French (at least passive) is helpful for exchange students. The Graduate Institute operates a bilingual policy which gives students the right to express themselves in class, and submit written work, in either English or French, regardless of the language through which the course is taught. While knowledge of the French language will offer students a more extensive range of course choices, it is not a requirement for admission and many courses are offered completely in English across the various programs of study.
Autumn Semester: Mid-September to Mid- December
Spring Semester: Mid-February through the end of May
Students may spend one semester at The Graduate Institute. If they wish to spend more than one semester as an exchange student, they must reapply to the program and will not be given any priority status.
Students are registered through the SIS Office of International Programs for up to nine (9) AU-Graduate Institute exchange credits (SIS-781). These exchange credits cover the Program credits only; research and/or internship credits are registered under normal AU guidelines. NB: Students must carry a full courseload of 9 AU credits while studying at The Graduate Institute.
Students are required to meet with their AU academic advisor and obtain formal pre-approval for the The Graduate Institute courses they choose before enrolling at The Graduate Institute. This ensures that credits earned on the Program can be applied toward the student’s AU degree.
Credit articulation: Grades and credits earned at The Graduate Institute are articulated through the SIS Office of International Programs upon receipt of an official transcript from The Graduate Institute. For conversion purposes, students should expect two (2) credits at The Graduate Institute to equal one (1) AU credit. The grading scale used at The Graduate Institute is the same as the one used at AU.
TUITION AND FEES
Students pay regular AU tuition, emergency international health insurance, and technology fees to AU. Students do not pay the student activity fee, sports center fee, or SIS fee while studying at The Graduate Institute. Students are billed directly by The Graduate Institute for any other student fees as applicable, including compulsory health insurance.
Students are responsible for any incidental costs, such as library fines and lab fees, incurred during the program. Students are responsible for all personal expenses including housing and transportation.
Students are required to submit a non-refundable $50 application fee at the time of submitting their application to SIS Abroad.
Incoming exchange students will receive a list of student residences with their confirmation of admission. Securing suitable accommodation in Geneva can be challenging and students are advised to deal with this issue well in advance of their arrival. More housing information is available on the Institute’s student portal and in the SIS Abroad office.
VISAS AND IMMIGRATION
Most non-EU citizens require a visa to enter and study in Switzerland. A visa request should be filed with the local Swiss embassy further to receipt of the confirmation of admission. All non-Swiss students must apply for a residence permission upon their arrival in Geneva. Residence permits are issued by the Office Cantonal de la Population (OCP). Details of the visa procedure will be provided to admitted students, but ultimately students are responsible for arranging all immigration documents.
During the semester prior to the start of the Program, the SIS Office of International Programs conducts a mandatory pre-departure meeting. Topics covered include administrative, logistical, security, and cross-cultural issues. The Graduate Institute will also welcome all new incoming students prior to the start of classes.
HOW TO APPLY
Complete and submit The Graduate Institute application to the SIS Office of International Programs (OIP) by the specified deadline for the semester in which you intend to study abroad. Applicants are required to submit a non-refundable $50 application fee. Payment details are included in the online application. Students may not apply directly to The Graduate Institute Geneva.
After all applications are received and reviewed, students will then be notified by e-mail from OIP with a decision regarding their nomination for study abroad.
Once nominated, you will be instructed to complete The Graduate Institute online application which requires that the following information be uploaded:
The Graduate Institute makes the final admissions decision and corresponds directly with Program participants regarding all admissions and enrollment matters.
The Program is competitive, and applying does not guarantee admission.