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Monday, 12 March 2012 16:05

Training successful trade policymakers, practitioners and negotiators cannot be done in the classroom alone. To accelerate students' experience of the trade policy environment and familiarize them with some of the people, questions, data and tools they may potentially be dealing with in the future, the Virtual Institute offers study tours of Geneva-based institutions.

During the one-week study tours (or 0.5-1 day study visits), students cover a tailor-made programme of 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 also 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.

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