Frequently Asked Questions

The Duke Global Policy Program in Geneva is the only program of its kind. 

Through an intensive, one-week course, our fellows gain unparalleled access to UN agencies and leading Geneva-based institutions. Throughout the course week, students participate in lectures and seminars, visit leading international institutions, case studies, and network with top experts in their field.

Many participants also pursue internships during the summer in Geneva. While participants are responsible for securing their own internships, they will be provided with information about previous internship sites for program participants.

In addition to the course-week, participants are a part of a vibrant community of students and summer interns across Geneva and are encouraged to participate in social and networking events held throughout the summer. Ultimately, our participants return from their time in Geneva with a wide range of networks and contacts to help them jump start their international careers.

Located on beautiful Lake Geneva in the heart of Western Europe, Geneva is the best place in the world to explore public policy and international affairs. It is home to the United Nations headquarters as well as 200 government missions, and over 300 international non-governmental organizations (NGOs). For students interested in a career in public policy or international affairs, Geneva is an essential destination.

The Duke Global Policy Program is open to graduate and professional students from around the world. Program fellows do not have to be Duke students to participate in the program. Fellows come from diverse graduate programs -- public policy, international relations, business, medicine, law and others -- and from universities around the world including Harvard, Stanford, Columbia University, Singapore Management University, University of Toronto, and many others. 

Please note that while the program is intended for graduate and professional students, we do accept a limited number of outstanding undergraduate students. Undergraduate students must be rising seniors at the time of participation, and should have exceptional experience interning and/or living abroad to be considered.

Our fellows hail from a variety of academic backgrounds. However, they are united by their commitment to their chosen area of global policy and by their demonstration of academic and/or professional excellence. Most of our fellows have previous experience living abroad, either through their studies, work, or personal travel. Fluency in a second language, while not required, will strengthen an application.

That's not a problem. Classes are taught in English. A basic knowledge of French is advantageous but not required.

Fellows are required to arrange their own housing. The program will also provide suggestions and resources for students who wish to look for housing at foyers and apartment sublets. Foyers are a cross between hostels and hotels and typically house interns and students from all over the world. There may also be opportunities for short-term housing through the Cité Universitaire de Genève.

Students participating in the intensive course week are responsible for securing their own internships, but the program has a strong reputation and information about where participants have interned in the past.

  • Sanford MPP/MIDP/MNSP students should consult with the Sanford Career Team.
  • Non-Sanford students should work with their respective career support offices to pursue and secure internships around the intensive course week..

View the list of program pricing here. If you are a Duke Sanford MPP student, please contact us for information. Please note that program fees do not cover housing, airfare, visa fees and other living expenses and Geneva is a very expensive city to live in. Each fellow is responsible for paying program fees, room and board, airfare, visa fees (if applicable) and other living expenses. Students should inquire with their home institutions, programs, or sponsors for potential support early in the year.


Yes, a handful of students every year bring spouses and sometimes children with them.  However, we ask that students are aware of the hectic schedule required during the course week. 

Questions? Contact us!

We look forward to hearing from you about Duke Sanford's Geneva Program.

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