Geneva, a city for Peace, Diplomacy, and International Cooperation
Our International Relations department in Geneva gives students exposure to the driving forces of contemporary politics, the geopolitical history that created our modern world, the analytical skills and critical theories of political science needed to understand these dynamics — as well as unparalleled access to witness international diplomacy in action.
In the Bachelor in International Relations, students have a choice of pursuing the degree with either an emphasis in International Economics or in Migration and Refugee Studies, so they will gain added knowledge and mastery of one of these important sub-disciplines in international relations.
Students are not only exposed to the theories of international affairs but also its realities ‘on the ground,’ including the practicalities of the many states and non-state actors that represent the scope of today’s international arena. Whether studying the history of the Middle East, the fundamentals of human rights, environmental governance, or the push-and-pull factors of international migration, students will learn from a rotation of both expert professors and practitioners.
The study program is further enhanced by having guest speakers from the various international bodies and field trips to designated agencies in Geneva.
Why study International Relations at Webster in Geneva?
Learn in International Geneva, the world’s largest center for multilateral diplomacy, where 40% of citizens were born outside of Switzerland
Pursue an internship with one of the United Nations agencies, International Organizations, or NGOs based in Geneva
Study on a small campus of a few hundred, who represent about 90 nationalities each year, between students and professors
Attend public workshops, guest speaker presentations, and expert panels, including Webster’s annual International Humanitarian and Security Conference — where you can meet diplomats and world officials
Join and contribute to the Webster Humanitarian Association, a student-led NGO
Webster’s campus is less than 5 kilometers — and 6 minutes by train from campus — from the United Nations district of Geneva!
Witness International Diplomacy in Action
Geneva is the home to the European headquarters of the United Nations and has the highest concentration of international organizations, international NGOs, and diplomatic missions in the world. About 34,000 international civil servants, diplomats, and representatives of civil society work here, and many of our professors are part of this group. This gives students the opportunity to learn about international affairs from those who work at the forefront of this important discipline.
Add an Emphasis to your Degree
At Webster University Geneva you have the chance to add an emphasis in either International Economics or Migration & Refugee Studies to your Bachelor's degree. By taking these options you can focus on the areas that interest you the most, and increase your chances of employment or entry into a graduate degree of your choice.