SOAS University of London

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

Study Tour

Our study tours are currently under review and the following information may change, we expect that the status will be confirmed in March.

Each CISD Masters programme may include a week long European study tour. Whilst on the tour students get the chance to interact with representatives from a variety of international organisations. Students are able to directly address speakers with questions and gain an understanding of first-hand experiences of the professional environment and practices of international organisations. These interactions offer an experience that complements the academic curriculum.

The study tour if offered is part of your programme and there is no additional cost to on-campus students to attend. Please note that the study tour is optional.

See pictures from recent study tours below.

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

International Studies and Diplomacy

The ISD study tour visits the United Nations (UN) in Geneva where we hold a diplomatic reception at the UN’s Palais des Nations planned and organised by the students. The reception is an important event in the CISD calendar as students are able to liaise and connect with senior members of their Missions at the UN as well as SOAS alumni working at the UN in Geneva. This is typically held in the Reading Week of February.

Organisations who have recently participated in the tour include:

  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • World Trade Organisation (WTO)
  • World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Office of the Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs
  • International Labour Organisation (ILO)
  • International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
  • International Organisation for Migrations (IOM)

See the student speech from last year here: Facebook

Global Corporations and Policy

The GCP study tour visits the United Nations (UN) in Geneva and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. This is typically held in the Reading Week of June.

Organisations which have recently participated in the tour include:

  • World Trade Organisation (WTO)
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
  • World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)
  • United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)
  • United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)
  • Institute for Sustainable Development
  • United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)

Global Energy & Climate Policy

The GECP study tour visits organisations active in European and international energy and climate policy in both Brussels and Paris. Same week as the Global Corporations and Policy tour in June.

Experts who have recently participated in the tour represented organisations such as:

  • Directorate-General for Energy (DG ENER), European Commission
  • Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA), European Commission
  • International Energy Agency (IEA)
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • European Wind Energy Association (EWEA)
  • European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA)
  • Eurogas
  • Alstom Europe
  • The WWF Europe
  • UK Representation to the European Union (UKRep)
  • British Embassy in Paris

Addis Ababa - Ethiopia

The Ethiopia Study Tour was launched in 2019. The tour takes place in Africa's political capital - Addis Ababa, and visits a range of multilateral, regional and local institutions involved in international relations in Africa and beyond. The tour takes place during the Easter holidays in April. Organisations that have participated in the tour include:
  • The African Union
  • The United Nations Economic Commisison for Africa
  • The European Union External Action Service
  • The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • UK Embassy in Ethiopia (H.E. Alistair McPhail)
  • The Ethiopian Foreign Service Training Institute
  • Centre for Dialogue, Research & Cooperation

See here for a student blog about the Addis Ababa study tour.