Earning a Living

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Working While You Study

The rules for working while you study differ according to whether you are a European Union (EU) or European Free Trade Association (EFTA) national.

In any case, you should be aware that both our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and our Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law are demanding programmes, which make it difficult to work while studying.

However, our Executive Master in International law in Armed Conflict is tailored to working professionals with full-time, demanding jobs.

EU or EFTA Nationals

You can have a revenue-oriented activity of no more than 15 hours per week, except during official holidays when you can work full time (i.e. 40 hours per week). To work, you will need the authorization of the Office cantonal de la population et des migrations.

Non-EU or EFTA Nationals

You can only undertake a revenue-oriented activity six months after you receive your residence permit. This can be for no more than 15 hours per week, except during official holidays when you can work full time (i.e. 40 hours per week). To work, you will need the authorization of the Office cantonal de la population et des migrations.

The knowledge I acquired at the Geneva Academy has proved extremely useful in my daily activities as a legal officer. And the fellow students I spent long hours in the library with are still among my closest friends.

Emilie Max, Legal Officer, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

Scholarships

We offer scholarships to outstanding students who are unable to secure the funding required to cover tuition fees and/or the cost of living in Geneva.

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Visa

To prepare for their stay in Geneva, students are advised to begin visa formalities, if applicable, immediately after their place on the course is confirmed.

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Exposure to Practical Work

Our three master's programmes provide a solid foundation for careers in the humanitarian and human rights fields.

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Career Opportunities

Our objective is to produce graduates who will be leaders in the humanitarian, human rights and transitional justice fields.

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