Admissions to the MIDS program are decided on the basis of the quality of the overall application file. Priority is given to academic achievement and motivation. There are no minimum requirements for grade point average but the admission process is highly competitive as only less than 20% of the applicants are admitted. 

All complete applications will be assessed by the MIDS Committee. Committee members will evaluate, in particular, the academic performance, letters of recommendation and motivation letter. The MIDS Committee's decision is final. 

Please note that you are eligible to apply during the last year of your current study program, provided you obtain your final degree by the start of the MIDS program in September. 

Application procedure

Applications must be submitted online via the application form. The link for the application form will be available once applications are open. Applications open every year by the end of October.

Supporting documents need to be uploaded into the online application portal in PDF format. Documents sent by e-mail or regular mail will not be considered.

Please read the instructions provided in the application portal carefully and do not forget to submit your application at the end of the process. 

There is no application fee. You will be requested to pay a deposit shortly after being admitted. This will secure your place in the program. 

Supporting documents
  1. Up-to-date curriculum vitae/résumé;

  2. Personal statement/essay demonstrating the applicant's interest in the field of dispute settlement, including concrete examples if possible (Max. 800 words).

  3. At least two letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional teachers/supervisors (one of each if possible);

  4. Copies of relevant degrees and diplomas, with an officially certified translation into English, or French, when they are not originally in either English, French, German, Italian or Spanish;

  5. Copies of official transcripts/records of university courses/examinations attempted and grades obtained, with the same need for translation as above;

  6. Official TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge scores or a waiver request. Please do not upload the original test result; print it and scan it again since it is a protected PDF which we will not be able to open otherwise. A waiver may be requested under certain circumstances (please see the application form). If these circumstances are applicable, please write in a pdf document the reasons why you are requesting a waiver;

  7. Photocopy of passport; 

Optional: table of content and 10-page excerpt of the most important paper written in the course of university studies if such exist, and when available in either English, French, German, Italian or Spanish.

Application deadline

Applications for the 2024-2025 program will be available from mid-October onwards and will close on 20 December 2023, at 23h59 CET. It is the applicant's responsibility to make certain that all supporting documents are uploaded and the application validated before the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Admission decisions will be notified by the beginning of March 2024. Admitted students wil be invited to confirm their participation in the program and pay the CHF 700 non-refundable deposit within three weeks following the notification of the decision.

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