Foundation: Pre Bachelor | Pre Master
Semester | year in Switzerland
Intensive study of foreign languages
Classical education
Practice-oriented program

The Swiss School for International Relations is an international school, an institution of higher education founded 25 years ago, located on the shores of Lake Geneva.

The study programs are varied: there are summer and winter schools, corporate continuing education programs, Foundation and, of course, joint undergraduate programs with leading universities.

About the program

A thorough preparation is required for admission to the best universities in Russia and Europe. The Foundation Program is based on the student’s personal needs and is carried out within the framework of an individual plan.

English and French (or German) are intensively taught during the whole period of study.

Besides, there is focused preparation for the exams in the University, where the student plans to apply, or for the Swiss Maturite exam, and for passing or retaking Russian school exams.

The best professors of Lomonosov Moscow State University, MGIMO MFA of Russia, Swiss School, and others do the training.


8 hours of English tuition per week, 8 hours of French tuition per week with native speaking teachers to the final B2 / C1 / C2 level and the opportunity for continuous practice in a language environment
Access to unique author's professional-oriented courses developed by experts in international language training
Lectures by leading professors of Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO University), Swiss and European universities, representatives of international organizations, banks, partners of law firms and top executives of companies
Individual approach to each student, assistance in finding employment
A unique opportunity to live and study in one of the most international, comfortable and safe cities in the world - Geneva
Educational trips to Lausanne, Fribourg, Bern, Zurich, Paris, Vienna, etc.
Internships in international organizations, corporations, banks, law firms in Switzerland, Europe and Russia

Foreign languages

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

Foreign languages are taught according to the system adopted at MGIMO MFA of Russia, which combines both the best traditions accumulated by the Soviet and Russian schools and new approaches developed by leading European specialists.

Throughout the curriculum, students study English and French intensively, following the methods developed by the experts in the field of international lawyers’ training, leading professors of MGIMO MFA and Swiss School for International Relations, reaching the final B2 / C1 level. Students with initially high language level have the opportunity to study with native speakers in C1/C2 groups.

The teaching system allows students to pass international certification exams without further preparation.

Group size is 6-8 people, which allows for an individual approach to language learning.

Up to C1 / C2 level
8 hours a week
IELTS Preparation

Throughout their studies in Geneva, students study English intensively using methods developed by experts in the field of language training for international lawyers, leading professors of MGIMO and the 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.

Legal 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 legal concepts and categories 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 and treaties for future professional activities.
Up to the B2/C1 Level
8 hours per week
Preparation for DELF/DALF/FIDE

French is a must for anyone who wants to get involved in international law, because French is an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, and most international organizations.

Français Juridique
Upon reaching the B1 Level
240 hours
Preparing for DFP

Once students reach B1 level, classes in French law and basic translation (Français Juridique) are introduced. The programs focus on international law, Swiss and French law, etc.

Up to the B2/C1 Level
8 hours per week
Preparing for DAF
Language of Choice (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

Variety of options available in the center of Geneva, as well as in the area of ​​​​international organizations: on campuses or in studios and apartments.

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

CityPop Apartments are 2 minutes from the Premises.

Tuition Fees

The education process is carried out on a contractual basis.

Two separate contracts for the provision of paid educational services are concluded: one with MGIMO University and the other with Swiss School for International Relations with tuition fees in accordance with each contract.


The education process is carried out on a contractual basis.

‍Admission to the Program (Pre Bachelor) is in a separate competition based on the USE/exam:

■ English (60 points),

■ Social Studies (60 points).

No additional entrance examinations. 


‍Admission to the Program (Pre Master) is based on a diploma of higher education and a test in English/French or German.


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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