The best colleges for students of international relations are schools that provide appropriate programs of study and schools that are located in internationally significant cities. The Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations in Geneva, Switzerland, Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and New York University in New York City are all highly accredited institutions that can provide both the education and cultural experience integral to students of international relations.

Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations

Located in Switzerland, the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations offers programs for students looking to pursue a bachelor's or master's degree in the field of international relations. Throughout the programs, students study topics associated with global politics, such as the characteristics of the international structure, international economics or crisis management and decision making. On average, a full-time student can earn a bachelor's degree in three years or a master's degree in one. Renowned faculty of the institution includes statesmen and ambassadors. The city of Geneva is globally significant and is host to hundreds of international organizations, both governmental and nongovernmental. Students of the school are granted access to the capacious library of the United Nations. The annual tuition (not including room and board, fees, books or other expenses) for the full-time bachelors program is 24,600 Swiss franks (about $23,000) and 31,400 Swiss franks (about $29,300) for the master's program.

Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations Château de Penthes 18, ch de L'Impératrice 1292, Pregny/Geneva, Switzerland T: +41 22 300 33 77 F: +41 22 300 33 11

Georgetown University

The Department of Government at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., offers an undergraduate major in American government with a concentration in international relations. For graduate students the university provides majors in international law and conflict resolution. Undergraduate majors must first complete an introduction course in international relations and then move on to study concepts of international relations, such as theory; policies and processes; and norms and institution. To meet program requirements, undergraduates must complete 10 departmental courses. Graduate students perform advanced studies of issues surrounding international law and ethics, global security and crisis management. Graduate students must complete at least 6 courses in the field of international relations, as well as other electives. Georgetown University is located in the heart of Washington, DC, enveloped in political culture and surrounded by many international entities, such as embassies, economic institutions and major think tanks. Full-time undergraduate students should expect to pay about $55,000 a year in tuition, room, board, books and fees while graduate students should expect to pay $60,000.

Department of Government 681 Intercultural Center Georgetown University 37th & O Streets, NW Washington, DC 20057-1034 T: 202-687-6130 F: 202-687-5858

New York University

New York University (NYU) is located in the culture-filled neighborhood of Greenwich Village in New York City . For NYU undergraduates, the international relations major is an honors program that "seeks to provide students with an understanding of the global system." Annual enrollment into the program is limited, and only students of good to excellent academic standing are encouraged to apply. Once enrolled, students must maintain a 3.65 GPA throughout the entire program. Graduate students can pursue a master's degree in international relations and are required to complete 40 credits of study, including the completion of an internship and a master's thesis paper. NYU sits in close proximity to some of the world's significant international institutions, such as the headquarters of the United Nations, and think tanks, such as the Council on Foreign Relations. Additionally, New York City is home to the major media networks, such as NBC and ABC. The cost for a full-time undergraduate is $38,765 for tuition and an average of $13,226 for room and board. Students enrolled in the graduate program are charged on a per credit basis for tuition. The 2010 rate is currently $1,272 per graduate credit.

New York University 19 West 4th St. 2nd Floor New York, NY 10012 T: 212-998-8500 F: 212-995-4184