SOAS University of London

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

Study Tour

Each CISD Masters programme includes 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 is offered as 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 Geneva study tour on the CISD Facebook Page

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.

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)
Globalisation and Multinational Corporations

The GCP study tour visits the United Nations (UN) in Geneva and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris.

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.

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