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The SIT Switzerland: International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy program examines the evolving role of multilateral diplomacy in international relations and responses to security challenges from the center of Geneva. The program addresses contemporary global issues through coursework, guest lectures, and international and research organizations' briefings.


On this program, you will engage in interdisciplinary coursework that introduces you to the intricacies of international relations, diplomacy, and security in a rapidly changing world. You will enroll in various courses related to the following topics, International Relations and Multilateral Diplomacy, International Security, Peace, and Stability, French (all levels), Research Methods and Ethics, and Independent Study Project (ISP).

You will conduct a month-long ISP to complement your formal coursework. You can pursue original research on a topic of interest that offers you a unique, interactive research opportunity in your field of interest in international studies.

Program Features

You will live with a Swiss or international family near Nyon, Switzerland, for the majority of the program. Living in the French-speaking canton of Vaud enables you to experience the Francophone culture. You can choose to participate in art groups and sports to meet Swiss students.

As part of the program coursework, you will visit international organizations and NGOs. This will help you develop a network and access experts in the field. You will travel to Paris and Brussels to become acquainted with EU issues and structures.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary, and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.
    • This is a popular program and tends to fill prior to the application deadline. You are encouraged to start an application on the program's website as soon as you can and complete it prior to the deadline.