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.

To teach International Humanitarian Law (IHL) at the Geneva Academy is a unique pleasure and challenge: nowhere else will you find so many brilliant young people from all around the world, keen to specialize in IHL and to work in this field; nowhere else will I be subject to so many challenging questions on the most cutting-edge IHL issues, many of which I discover thanks to the students, but some of which I am perfectly unable to answer.

Marco Sassòli

Professor of International Law at the University of Geneva

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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