Frequently Asked Questions


How valuable is a GGSG degree in terms of career prospects ?

GGSG caters for the needs of students who wish to pursue international careers in the public or private sector. The main emphasis of the graduate education it offers is on action and practical considerations. The mix of degree subject-matter offered has been conceived after careful consideration of major trends affecting today’s world. While such topics may be singly dealt with elsewhere, they are seldom found together in the curricula of conventional universities : this is what makes GGSG unique – not to mention its core academic team’s high concentration of renowned academics, former ambassadors, senior international civil servants (deputy- or assistant-Secretaries General of the United Nations), and business leaders.

What is the teaching language used ?

GGSG is a bilingual (English/ French) school. The learning of French is mandatory at Master’s level for non-native speakers, as exposure to that language is part of a resident student’s experience in Geneva. However, courses other than language classes are available in French only if a minimum number of students is reached. English is thus the teaching language by default.

Is proof of proficiency in English required ?

Yes – if you are not a native English speaker, unless English was the language used in your previous educational (or work) experience. For more information, click on the “Admissions/ Requirements” tab.

How many classes are students required to take each week ?

That depends on the chosen degree programme. Though resident class schedules are apt to vary marginally from one week to the next, averages are as follows:

  • Full-time and Executive resident Master programmes: 9.5 hours weekly over 40 weeks annually, supplemented by research and a final joint integrated exercise in June of the final year.
  • Full-time and Executive resident Certificate programmes: 12 hours weekly over 40 weeks, supplemented by a media-training and a joint integrated exercise in June.
  • Short Training Periods include up to 25 class hours per week.
  • Doctoral and on-line students can study at their own chosen pace, though a steady personal schedule is strongly advised. All are convened in Geneva each year for seminars or terminal collective exercises, i.e. for periods ranging from 2 days to 2 weeks.

How many hours of personal study are required or advised beyond class hours ?

Two hours of personal study per class hour seem a minimum to ensure satisfactory assimilation of the knowledge and skills imparted. Three to four hours are strongly advised.

Is GMAT required ?

The GMAT is NOT normally required for admission to any of GGSG’s degree programmes. However, if an applicant has previously passed it with a medium-to-high score, he or she can mention it (and attach the transcript to the documents required for admission) in order to improve his/her academic record.

What is the average class size ? What is the student/teacher ratio ?

Courses include lectures, attended by all students who have registered for the same degree programme, and small classes of 12-15 students. In addition, junior coaches, each in charge of 15 students, provide personalized (face-to-face and/or on-line) academic guidance and help all through the year.

Subject to changes.

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