A partnership with academia

Building knowledge for trade and development

Study tours

Training successful policymakers, negotiators and practitioners cannot be done in the classroom alone. Vi study tours offer students and teachers tailored learning programmes in Geneva that translate theory to real-life trade policymaking situations, and engage participants with the international experts and government representatives involved in trade and development. Ranging from half-day to two weeks, the Vi has hosted more than 1,300 students through 48 study tours and visits since its inception.

During the one-week study tours (or half-to-one day study visits), students cover topics on the international trade and development agenda which exposes them to experts and the surroundings of trade policymaking and negotiation.

The tours are centered on UNCTAD, but include visits to our partners at the WTO, the ITC, WIPO, ICTSD, the South Centre, ILO, IMO and other organizations, and a meeting with the students' country representatives in charge of negotiations in Geneva.

All the documentation, resources, workshops and activities are provided free-of-charge, but it is expected that students and/or the university will pay for their travel, accommodation, medical insurance and visas. Due to capacity constraints, priority is given to requests from the least developed countries, developing countries and transition economies.

Materials from our study tours may be found in the Resources section of the website.