Frequently asked questions

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Do you assist course participants with accommodation?

Participants are expected to find their own accommodation in Geneva. Be aware that this can be a challenging process. We therefore recommend that you start your search as early as possible. Upon request, your course coordinator can assist you in your search by providing recommendations, advice, web links and/or assist with hotel reservations. Please note that the GCSP will not enter into housing contract agreements on your behalf.

Do you assist with acquiring entry visas for Macedonia?

Visa acquisition is your own responsibility. Once accepted to a course, the GCSP will provide you, upon your request, with a certificate for your visa application. The GCSP is not a position to enter into contact with the relevant Swiss authorities nor to influence their decisions. Please note that your visa application process can take up to 8 weeks. Start early!

What are the formalities to enter Macedonia?

Formalities may differ depending on your nationality. A list of entry procedures for each nationality is available on the Federal Office for Migration's website. For more information, you can also refer to the Swiss Federal Foreign Affairs Department’s dedicated web page.

Is there any preparation work to do before the course?

Depending on the course, it is a possibility. There can be pre-course readings, e-modules and presentation preparations. These requirements will be communicated to you by the course coordinator with sufficient warning.

I am not a governmental official. Can I apply for a course?

Of course. Our DNA is rooted in being multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary and global. As a matter of fact, having diversity in our classrooms is paramount to the success of our courses. Therefore, we very much encourage applications from all relevant sectors and industries (governments, international organisations, civil society, private sector, academia, media, etc.).

How can I apply to one or several of your courses?

You can apply to all our courses online, via each course dedicated web page. If not possible, or for any question or difficulty you may have, please contact the course coordinator, whose contact details you will find on the page.

What is the language of your courses?

The majority of our courses are conducted in English. A few however are conducted in French or German. Proficiency in the course working language is a requirement for participation. For more information, please visit each course dedicated web page.

Can I rent conference rooms in the GCSP for an event or a meeting?

Absolutely. We offer modern, spacious, fully equipped conference rooms available next to United Nations agencies and other major international organisations. Our conference rooms are equipped with interactive screens, computer, wifi access, and microphones. Please visit our ‘Room Rental’ page for more information. To book a conference room, please send us a request at receptionist@gcsp.ch or call us at +41 22 730 96 00.

Will I receive a course certificate? Do PARC courses provide any credits?

All PARC participants who successfully finish a course receive a certificate of completion. Participants who successfully complete our Master of Advanced Studies in International and European Security – run jointly with the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva – are awarded with 60 credits according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Do you develop customised courses for ministries, organisations and companies?

We do. We work bilaterally with partners to develop tailor-made and demand-driven projects. Whether you are a government, an international organisation, a private company or a civil society organization, we can partner with you to develop customised courses that are adapted to your needs. Over the course of the past few years, we have created a number of such courses – country and/or issue-specific – in Geneva and abroad.

What is the primary function of the Centre?

It is to promote peace, security and international cooperation through executive education, research and dialogue. We train government officials, diplomats, military officers, international civil servants, NGO staff and private sector executives in pertinent fields of international peace and security. Through research and publications, workshops and conferences, we also provide an internationally recognised forum for dialogue on key security and peace policy issues in the interest of effective security policy decision-making. Some of the latter activities aim to facilitate discreet dialogue in post-conflict situations.

What is the Centre’s legal status and governance structure?

We are an international foundation, with 48 member states and the Canton of Geneva, forming our Foundation Council. Initially composed of ten European countries, Russia and the Canton of Geneva, the Council successively welcomed new members from Eastern Europe, the Balkan region, North America, Africa and Asia.