Environmental Management and Sustainable Development
Master's Degree: Studying in Geneva
Intensive study of foreign languages
Classical education
Practice-oriented program

The climate agenda is becoming clearer and the development of sustainability regulation at the international and regional levels, as well as in the corporate sector, is accelerating.

Building a «green economy» in the world requires the training of a new generation of qualified personnel competent simultaneously in several areas — geography, ecology, economics, international cooperation and legal issues.

 

About the Program

Studies are aimed at training unique international experts in sustainable development and climate agenda, environmental economics, natural resources management, environmental economics, environmental policy and law for the fuel and energy complex and other spheres of activity.

Leading experts from Switzerland, Europe and the CIS, practitioners, employees of international organizations, top managers and entrepreneurs are involved in the teaching process. Students daily gain knowledge and communicate with outstanding professionals with high qualifications and vast practical experience.

Graduates of the program work for major international organizations on the climate agenda, as well as for fuel and energy companies. These are specialists who on the one hand have a complete set of knowledge on climate, ecology and environmental management, and on the other hand have received first-class training in environmental economics, international climate and environmental policy, environmental law, and management. Such training is extremely in demand in the corporate sector.

Benefits

The program provides:

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Lectures by leading professors of MGIMO University, professors of Swiss and European universities, experienced practicing lawyers, representatives of international organizations, non-profit and private sectors
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8 teaching hours per week of English and 8 teaching hours per week of French by native speaking language teachers up to the final level B2/C1/C2 and the possibility of continuous practice by immersion
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Internships with international organizations, non-profit sector, law firms and multinationals in Switzerland, Europe and Russia
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An individual approach to each student and career guidance services
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A unique opportunity to live and study in the Lake Geneva region with an exceptional quality of life and a high density of global governance actors
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Regular educational trips to Lausanne, Fribourg, Bern, Zurich, Paris, Vienna, etc.
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Access to professionally-oriented courses developed by experts in the field of language training for international lawyers: Legal English and Français Juridique

Curriculum

The program is a unique synthesis of humanities and science disciplines.

In Geneva, the teaching of specialized disciplines (including lectures and seminars by foreign professors, representatives of international organizations such as the United Nations, the World Meteorological Organization, as well as practitioners, partners of consulting firms) is conducted in English.

In parallel, English, Business English, French, and German are taught intensively throughout the curriculum.

* There may be changes in the curriculum. Below are just some of the curriculum disciplines

International economic policy
Climate, alternative and green energy
Geoinformatics
Global geo-environmental issues
Nuclear Energy, Safety and Security and Nuclear Law
Assessment of environmental damage and liability for environmental damage
Advanced Technologies and Development Prospects in the Fuel and Energy Complex
Environmental problems of oil development and transportation
Environmental problems of the global fuel and energy complex
The Environmental Factor in International Economic Relations
Environmental activities of the UN
Urbanism
Global and regional environmental change
Environmental management and audit
The Economics of the Oil and Gas Sector and Energy Policy Issues
International energy security
Multilateral climate diplomacy
Climate Policy and Decarbonization
Water Resources and International Water Law
Environmental policy of the European Union
Climate change: modeling, impact assessment
International Cooperation and Sustainable Development
Environmental Management in the Corporate Sector
Rational use of natural resources
International energy policy
Smart Cities
Challenges of sustainable development

Foreign Languages

An integral part of the professional training of any modern specialist is the study of foreign languages.

Alongside with the core subjects, students study intensively English and French taught by native speaking instructors.

The training system allows students to take international certification exams without additional preparation.

Our classrooms are kept small — with 6-8 students – to ensure an individual approach to each student and provide the best conditions for high-quality language training.

English
Up to C1/C2 Level
8 hours per week
IELTS Preparation

Throughout their studies in Geneva, students study English intensively using methods developed by experts in international language training, leading professors of MGIMO University and Swiss School for International Relations, reaching the final C1/C2 level. Students with initially high language level have the opportunity to study with native speakers in C1/C2 groups.

Business English
Upon reaching the B2 Level
240 hours
Access to the Online Platform
Including Business Correspondence Course

Students take a unique, professionally-oriented course that includes the study of concepts and categories in diplomacy and management in English, as well as the theory and practice of interpretation and translation, and a business correspondence course. The course lays the foundation of knowledge of public and private international law and basic terminology of international conventions for future professional activities.

Français
Up to B2/C1 Level
8 hours per week
Preparation for the DELF/DALF/FIDE

French language skills are essential for anyone who intends to get involved in diplomacy and international relations, because French is an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, and most international organizations.

Deutsch
Up to B2/C1 Level
8 hours per week
Подготовка к DAF
Language of Сhoice (Scheduled to Launch)

One of MGIMO’s oldest departments, the German Chair has extensive experience and tradition in training international specialists with a professional command of German. Students study using modern textbooks that preserve the achievements of the Soviet school and have been revised to reflect new trends.

Professional and Personal Development
Preparation of CVs, Letters, etc.
32 hours
Access to the Online Platform

The main purpose of this course is to teach you how to write the basic documents needed to find an internship or job (resume, cover letter), how to go through the various stages of the interview, the process of analyzing a potential employer.

Accommodation in Switzerland

Swiss School for International Relations offers a variety of accommodation options in the center of Geneva, as well as in the area of ​​​​international organizations: on three campuses or in studios and apartments.

The Grand Morillon campus is located in the international organizations district, a twenty-minute tram ride from the premises. The campus building has a gym, cafe, lounge area, cinema and laundry.

The Henri Dunant campus is located in the center of Geneva, a 7-minute walk from the academic building. The campus building houses a laundry, as well as a grocery store.

Visa Support

To stay in Switzerland for studies lasting more than 90 days, a student non-resident of the EU is required to obtain an entry national study visa.

The presence of an entry study visa entitles the student to obtain a residence permit in Switzerland once in Geneva.

Swiss School staff will assist you with paperwork regarding your visa request and book for you an appointment at the Swiss Embassy in Moscow.

Internships

Internships are a mandatory element of the educational process and an opportunity to apply and consolidate acquired knowledge in professional activities. Program students have a unique opportunity to undertake internships in Switzerland and Europe.

During their studies, students meet with practitioners and visit numerous international organizations.

Students have a unique opportunity to combine deep theoretical training with practical activity, passing pre-degree internship in corporate sphere, in international organizations, transnational corporations, in the largest companies and foundations.

Students explore the modern structure of the nature management of several European countries of the prealpine region, their cultural-historical, tourist-recreational and industrial peculiarities. All this makes it possible to master practical research methods in the field of rational use of natural resources, legal and economic aspects of the established system of nature management; study of historical, natural and socio-economic factors, which determined the features of the established environmental policy.

Graduates of the program master the skills to participate in international negotiations, including in a foreign language, to plan and accompany international projects in various spheres of activity, to argue their point of view and find compromise solutions, to be able to work in a team and take the lead.

Admission

КОНТАКТЫ

For more information about the Program, please contact us 8 (800) 302-80-79 (call is free in Russia) or fill out the form:

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