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Geneva Academy LLM 2017-18 Applicants


idn4ihl
Hi there!

Is anyone else applying for an LLM at the Geneva Academy - in particular the one in IHL and Human Rights for the 2017-18 intake? :)

Cheers
Hi there!

Is anyone else applying for an LLM at the Geneva Academy - in particular the one in IHL and Human Rights for the 2017-18 intake? :)

Cheers
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PS-M
I did! Which track have you chosen?
I did! Which track have you chosen?
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idn4ihl
I did! Which track have you chosen?


Excellent! I submitted my application on the 23rd of January via the non-scholarship track, how about you? Have you applied for any other LLM programmes? :) Is the Geneva Academy your first choice?

Hopefully we'll be classmates next year, the wait is killing me :)
[quote]I did! Which track have you chosen?[/quote]

Excellent! I submitted my application on the 23rd of January via the non-scholarship track, how about you? Have you applied for any other LLM programmes? :) Is the Geneva Academy your first choice?

Hopefully we'll be classmates next year, the wait is killing me :)
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PS-M
I did! Which track have you chosen?


Excellent! I submitted my application on the 23rd of January via the non-scholarship track, how about you? Have you applied for any other LLM programmes? :) Is the Geneva Academy your first choice?

Hopefully we'll be classmates next year, the wait is killing me :)


I've submitted via scholarship track and I hope they will announce soonest ><

Yes, Geneva is my first and I hope to see you in there!
[quote][quote]I did! Which track have you chosen?[/quote]

Excellent! I submitted my application on the 23rd of January via the non-scholarship track, how about you? Have you applied for any other LLM programmes? :) Is the Geneva Academy your first choice?

Hopefully we'll be classmates next year, the wait is killing me :)[/quote]

I've submitted via scholarship track and I hope they will announce soonest ><

Yes, Geneva is my first and I hope to see you in there!
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NapZ
Hey,

I attended the Academy in 2015-2016. Let me know if you have any questions!
Hey,

I attended the Academy in 2015-2016. Let me know if you have any questions!
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idn4ihl
Hey,

I attended the Academy in 2015-2016. Let me know if you have any questions!


Hi NapZ!

This is amazing. Thank you for your willingness to help us :) I actually have some questions, if you don't mind of course!

- I know that there is never a "typical" profile for students in a programme, but I was wondering whether students in this LL.M programme usually have "similarities", i.e. whether they typically have professional experience, whether they already hold a Master's degree, etc. I'm about to complete my LL.B degree by this upcoming summer hopefully, and I was wondering whether the lack of professional experience would affect me in any way. I only have a couple of summer internships (though relevant to issues related to IHL and Human Rights), but no concrete, years of professional experience.

- When did you hear back from them regarding your application? Did you apply through the scholarship, or without scholarship track?

- What were the main challenges while attending the Academy, and what did you particularly love about the Academy?

I guess I'm already asking too much, it's just that the Geneva Academy is my top choice and I'd love to hear some feedback from a former student :)

Thank you very much for your time!
[quote]Hey,

I attended the Academy in 2015-2016. Let me know if you have any questions![/quote]

Hi NapZ!

This is amazing. Thank you for your willingness to help us :) I actually have some questions, if you don't mind of course!

- I know that there is never a "typical" profile for students in a programme, but I was wondering whether students in this LL.M programme usually have "similarities", i.e. whether they typically have professional experience, whether they already hold a Master's degree, etc. I'm about to complete my LL.B degree by this upcoming summer hopefully, and I was wondering whether the lack of professional experience would affect me in any way. I only have a couple of summer internships (though relevant to issues related to IHL and Human Rights), but no concrete, years of professional experience.

- When did you hear back from them regarding your application? Did you apply through the scholarship, or without scholarship track?

- What were the main challenges while attending the Academy, and what did you particularly love about the Academy?

I guess I'm already asking too much, it's just that the Geneva Academy is my top choice and I'd love to hear some feedback from a former student :)

Thank you very much for your time!
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NapZ
Hi idn4ihl,

No worries at all! Ask as many questions as you like!

- It should not be an issue at all. Myself only had ONE internship of one month before attending the Academy. So lack of professional experience should not be a problem at all given the other elements of your application, notably academics, are good.

- I heard back from them around March 23rd, if I remember correctly. I had applied around February 14th (so had to wait a bit more than a month). Without scholarship.

- Okay so I do not want to brag about it; regarding challenges TO ME PERSONALLY there were not many, since I already had a background in international law. Most of the time I already at the very least have some general background in the subject studied, so I had no particular difficulties in this regard. The actual difficulty was living in Geneva, which I find very boring and very expensive. It is obviously better if you have friends, but the city itself is still not a lot of fun in my opinion. What I really liked about the Academy were the courses, the faculty (most of them), and the possibility to do an internship at the United Nations. It is an excellent programme.

Don't hesitate to ask me anything else really!
Hi idn4ihl,

No worries at all! Ask as many questions as you like!

- It should not be an issue at all. Myself only had ONE internship of one month before attending the Academy. So lack of professional experience should not be a problem at all given the other elements of your application, notably academics, are good.

- I heard back from them around March 23rd, if I remember correctly. I had applied around February 14th (so had to wait a bit more than a month). Without scholarship.

- Okay so I do not want to brag about it; regarding challenges TO ME PERSONALLY there were not many, since I already had a background in international law. Most of the time I already at the very least have some general background in the subject studied, so I had no particular difficulties in this regard. The actual difficulty was living in Geneva, which I find very boring and very expensive. It is obviously better if you have friends, but the city itself is still not a lot of fun in my opinion. What I really liked about the Academy were the courses, the faculty (most of them), and the possibility to do an internship at the United Nations. It is an excellent programme.

Don't hesitate to ask me anything else really!
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idn4ihl
Hi idn4ihl,

No worries at all! Ask as many questions as you like!

- It should not be an issue at all. Myself only had ONE internship of one month before attending the Academy. So lack of professional experience should not be a problem at all given the other elements of your application, notably academics, are good.

- I heard back from them around March 23rd, if I remember correctly. I had applied around February 14th (so had to wait a bit more than a month). Without scholarship.

- Okay so I do not want to brag about it; regarding challenges TO ME PERSONALLY there were not many, since I already had a background in international law. Most of the time I already at the very least have some general background in the subject studied, so I had no particular difficulties in this regard. The actual difficulty was living in Geneva, which I find very boring and very expensive. It is obviously better if you have friends, but the city itself is still not a lot of fun in my opinion. What I really liked about the Academy were the courses, the faculty (most of them), and the possibility to do an internship at the United Nations. It is an excellent programme.

Don't hesitate to ask me anything else really!


Hi NapZ! Thank you so much for your reply :)

It is quite reassuring regarding their expectations when it comes to one's professional experiences.

Do you remember whether they told you the moment you should expect to hear back from them? I sent my application (without scholarship) on 23 January 2017. However, they sent an email saying the following:

"The timeframe for the admission process is as follows:

With Scholarship
Selection and waiting list from March 2017

Without Scholarship
Selection and waiting list from April 2017"

I thought that a three months-long wait is .. well .. quite long, so I was wondering whether they gave you the same timeframe back then or not. The issue is that I have offers from UK universities, and I need to give the answer to my "top choice" among those UK universities by the 1st of April (which is UCL). However, the Geneva Academy is definitely my first choice compared to those universities in the UK. If the Academy processes the applications starting from April and if I wait for them, I'm afraid I might lose my offer from UCL with a high risk of being rejected by the Academy. What do you think I should do?

Also, I was wondering whether you've decided to undertake an internship after the LL.M, since they have lots of partnership with the UN and other international agencies such as the ICRC? :) If you don't mind, of course, could you please share your "experience" after attending the Academy? Did you look for a job? Did you decide to undertake a PhD?

Thank you so much once again and have a nice day! :)
[quote]Hi idn4ihl,

No worries at all! Ask as many questions as you like!

- It should not be an issue at all. Myself only had ONE internship of one month before attending the Academy. So lack of professional experience should not be a problem at all given the other elements of your application, notably academics, are good.

- I heard back from them around March 23rd, if I remember correctly. I had applied around February 14th (so had to wait a bit more than a month). Without scholarship.

- Okay so I do not want to brag about it; regarding challenges TO ME PERSONALLY there were not many, since I already had a background in international law. Most of the time I already at the very least have some general background in the subject studied, so I had no particular difficulties in this regard. The actual difficulty was living in Geneva, which I find very boring and very expensive. It is obviously better if you have friends, but the city itself is still not a lot of fun in my opinion. What I really liked about the Academy were the courses, the faculty (most of them), and the possibility to do an internship at the United Nations. It is an excellent programme.

Don't hesitate to ask me anything else really![/quote]

Hi NapZ! Thank you so much for your reply :)

It is quite reassuring regarding their expectations when it comes to one's professional experiences.

Do you remember whether they told you the moment you should expect to hear back from them? I sent my application (without scholarship) on 23 January 2017. However, they sent an email saying the following:

"The timeframe for the admission process is as follows:

With Scholarship
Selection and waiting list from March 2017

Without Scholarship
Selection and waiting list from April 2017"

I thought that a three months-long wait is .. well .. quite long, so I was wondering whether they gave you the same timeframe back then or not. The issue is that I have offers from UK universities, and I need to give the answer to my "top choice" among those UK universities by the 1st of April (which is UCL). However, the Geneva Academy is definitely my first choice compared to those universities in the UK. If the Academy processes the applications starting from April and if I wait for them, I'm afraid I might lose my offer from UCL with a high risk of being rejected by the Academy. What do you think I should do?

Also, I was wondering whether you've decided to undertake an internship after the LL.M, since they have lots of partnership with the UN and other international agencies such as the ICRC? :) If you don't mind, of course, could you please share your "experience" after attending the Academy? Did you look for a job? Did you decide to undertake a PhD?

Thank you so much once again and have a nice day! :)
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NapZ
Hey,

You're most welcome. My pleasure to answer any questions so don't hesitate.

- I applied on February 14th and received my acceptance on March 24th (again, no scholarship). If you really have to wait until April, what I would do is: contact the other universities you already received/will receive acceptance from, and if the deadline is tight, explain your situation and ask them if you can have some sort of extension. If it is not possible and you have no other choice, I would recommend simply taking an offer from the #2 university on your list. If it ends up that you are accepted at the Geneva Academy, you can still tell the other university you finally cannot attend. It might be annoying to them, but honestly asking to give a definite answer by April 1st is in my mind not realistic and does not give you enough time. So that's on them. Just make sure if it happens that they cannot sue you or send Liam Neeson after you

- I did not do an internship after the LL.M. but during. I interned at the United Nations (International Law Commission). One of the perks of the Academy: you can intern in prestigious/relevant institutions.

- Sending you a private message to address your last point!
Hey,

You're most welcome. My pleasure to answer any questions so don't hesitate.

- I applied on February 14th and received my acceptance on March 24th (again, no scholarship). If you really have to wait until April, what I would do is: contact the other universities you already received/will receive acceptance from, and if the deadline is tight, explain your situation and ask them if you can have some sort of extension. If it is not possible and you have no other choice, I would recommend simply taking an offer from the #2 university on your list. If it ends up that you are accepted at the Geneva Academy, you can still tell the other university you finally cannot attend. It might be annoying to them, but honestly asking to give a definite answer by April 1st is in my mind not realistic and does not give you enough time. So that's on them. Just make sure if it happens that they cannot sue you or send Liam Neeson after you

- I did not do an internship after the LL.M. but during. I interned at the United Nations (International Law Commission). One of the perks of the Academy: you can intern in prestigious/relevant institutions.

- Sending you a private message to address your last point!
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idn4ihl
Excellent news! I just received an offer :)))))
Excellent news! I just received an offer :)))))
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Excellent news! I just received an offer :)))))


Congrats!!)
Where are you from? Did you apply with scholarship?
[quote]Excellent news! I just received an offer :)))))[/quote]

Congrats!!)
Where are you from? Did you apply with scholarship?
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idn4ihl
Excellent news! I just received an offer :)))))


Congrats!!)
Where are you from? Did you apply with scholarship?


Thank you! :)

I'm Indonesian, but I'm currently finishing my studies in France. I applied without scholarship on January the 23rd. How about you?
[quote][quote]Excellent news! I just received an offer :)))))[/quote]

Congrats!!)
Where are you from? Did you apply with scholarship?
[/quote]

Thank you! :)

I'm Indonesian, but I'm currently finishing my studies in France. I applied without scholarship on January the 23rd. How about you?
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Excellent news! I just received an offer :)))))


Congrats!!)
Where are you from? Did you apply with scholarship?


Thank you! :)

I'm Indonesian, but I'm currently finishing my studies in France. I applied without scholarship on January the 23rd. How about you?


That's really great!)

I am from Ukraine, and I'm graduating with a Bachelor's degree this June. I applied with scholarship, still waiting for the results :)

What do you think was the most important factor in your admission?
[quote][quote][quote]Excellent news! I just received an offer :)))))[/quote]

Congrats!!)
Where are you from? Did you apply with scholarship?
[/quote]

Thank you! :)

I'm Indonesian, but I'm currently finishing my studies in France. I applied without scholarship on January the 23rd. How about you? [/quote]

That's really great!)

I am from Ukraine, and I'm graduating with a Bachelor's degree this June. I applied with scholarship, still waiting for the results :)

What do you think was the most important factor in your admission?
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Hey!

Is anyone also applying for the IHL and Human Rights through the full-scholarship track? Have you been invited to any interviews? My friend applied for the MTJ Program, was invited for an interview and got her scholarship admission yesterday. I know it's another program, but I am starting to get hopeless about my situation...

Does any of you know if the selection process for the scholarship is too competitive? I mean, I only have a volunteer experience with human rights (but good academic results) and wanted to know what are my chances...

Thanks a lot in advance and hope we all get admitted!

All the best,
Hey!

Is anyone also applying for the IHL and Human Rights through the full-scholarship track? Have you been invited to any interviews? My friend applied for the MTJ Program, was invited for an interview and got her scholarship admission yesterday. I know it's another program, but I am starting to get hopeless about my situation...

Does any of you know if the selection process for the scholarship is too competitive? I mean, I only have a volunteer experience with human rights (but good academic results) and wanted to know what are my chances...

Thanks a lot in advance and hope we all get admitted!

All the best,
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Hey!

Is anyone also applying for the IHL and Human Rights through the full-scholarship track? Have you been invited to any interviews? My friend applied for the MTJ Program, was invited for an interview and got her scholarship admission yesterday. I know it's another program, but I am starting to get hopeless about my situation...

Does any of you know if the selection process for the scholarship is too competitive? I mean, I only have a volunteer experience with human rights (but good academic results) and wanted to know what are my chances...

Thanks a lot in advance and hope we all get admitted!

All the best,



hi,

I've applied for a full scholarship and have received an offer today. I do not think that the admission to LLM includes the interview; at least the letter I received does not mention it.

[Edited by kisher.oj on Mar 03, 2017]

[quote]Hey!

Is anyone also applying for the IHL and Human Rights through the full-scholarship track? Have you been invited to any interviews? My friend applied for the MTJ Program, was invited for an interview and got her scholarship admission yesterday. I know it's another program, but I am starting to get hopeless about my situation...

Does any of you know if the selection process for the scholarship is too competitive? I mean, I only have a volunteer experience with human rights (but good academic results) and wanted to know what are my chances...

Thanks a lot in advance and hope we all get admitted!

All the best,[/quote]


hi,

I've applied for a full scholarship and have received an offer today. I do not think that the admission to LLM includes the interview; at least the letter I received does not mention it.
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Hey!

Is anyone also applying for the IHL and Human Rights through the full-scholarship track? Have you been invited to any interviews? My friend applied for the MTJ Program, was invited for an interview and got her scholarship admission yesterday. I know it's another program, but I am starting to get hopeless about my situation...

Does any of you know if the selection process for the scholarship is too competitive? I mean, I only have a volunteer experience with human rights (but good academic results) and wanted to know what are my chances...

Thanks a lot in advance and hope we all get admitted!

All the best,



hi,

I've applied for a full scholarship and have received an offer today. I do not think that the admission to LLM includes the interview; at least the letter I received does not mention it.


Hey, congrats on your offer :DDD

What do you think helped you in getting the scholarship?

Thanks and congratulations once more!!

[Edited by juliana.scrv on Mar 03, 2017]

[quote][quote]Hey!

Is anyone also applying for the IHL and Human Rights through the full-scholarship track? Have you been invited to any interviews? My friend applied for the MTJ Program, was invited for an interview and got her scholarship admission yesterday. I know it's another program, but I am starting to get hopeless about my situation...

Does any of you know if the selection process for the scholarship is too competitive? I mean, I only have a volunteer experience with human rights (but good academic results) and wanted to know what are my chances...

Thanks a lot in advance and hope we all get admitted!

All the best,[/quote]


hi,

I've applied for a full scholarship and have received an offer today. I do not think that the admission to LLM includes the interview; at least the letter I received does not mention it.
[/quote]

Hey, congrats on your offer :DDD

What do you think helped you in getting the scholarship?

Thanks and congratulations once more!!
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idn4ihl


Congrats!!)
Where are you from? Did you apply with scholarship?


Thank you! :)

I'm Indonesian, but I'm currently finishing my studies in France. I applied without scholarship on January the 23rd. How about you?


That's really great!)

I am from Ukraine, and I'm graduating with a Bachelor's degree this June. I applied with scholarship, still waiting for the results :)

What do you think was the most important factor in your admission?


I see, good luck with the completion of your Bachelor's degree :)

I think the most important factors were my personal statement and my recommendation letter (although I believe my personal statement was the most important part). But then, this is just my personal opinion, but I don't necessarily have excellent grades (I think of myself as an "average" student when it comes to the grades). So I tried to use my personal statement as a leverage to compensate my "average" academic records by expressing my interest in IHL, the areas I'm particularly interested in, why, my projects, etc. I tried to demonstrate the fact that all of my endeavours so far are consistent with my personal, professional and academic goals :) And I was blessed with two amazing referees who wrote strong recommendation letters (in my opinion). They both know me well as a student and as an individual, so I guess that played a major role in my application as well :)

Fingers crossed for everyone here, I hope we can be classmates this September :)
[quote][quote][quote][quote]Excellent news! I just received an offer :)))))[/quote]

Congrats!!)
Where are you from? Did you apply with scholarship?
[/quote]

Thank you! :)

I'm Indonesian, but I'm currently finishing my studies in France. I applied without scholarship on January the 23rd. How about you? [/quote]

That's really great!)

I am from Ukraine, and I'm graduating with a Bachelor's degree this June. I applied with scholarship, still waiting for the results :)

What do you think was the most important factor in your admission? [/quote]

I see, good luck with the completion of your Bachelor's degree :)

I think the most important factors were my personal statement and my recommendation letter (although I believe my personal statement was the most important part). But then, this is just my personal opinion, but I don't necessarily have excellent grades (I think of myself as an "average" student when it comes to the grades). So I tried to use my personal statement as a leverage to compensate my "average" academic records by expressing my interest in IHL, the areas I'm particularly interested in, why, my projects, etc. I tried to demonstrate the fact that all of my endeavours so far are consistent with my personal, professional and academic goals :) And I was blessed with two amazing referees who wrote strong recommendation letters (in my opinion). They both know me well as a student and as an individual, so I guess that played a major role in my application as well :)

Fingers crossed for everyone here, I hope we can be classmates this September :)
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Hey, congrats on your offer :DDD

What do you think helped you in getting the scholarship?

Thanks and congratulations once more!!


Thanks!

It is very hard to tell. It is not the only school that I've applied, but perhaps it was the only one that I did not really think of seriously as I thought my chances were pretty low. Anyway, I think that it is a mixture of factors - I have been repeatedly told that admission officers choose a very holistic approach towards every application.
[quote]

Hey, congrats on your offer :DDD

What do you think helped you in getting the scholarship?

Thanks and congratulations once more!![/quote]

Thanks!

It is very hard to tell. It is not the only school that I've applied, but perhaps it was the only one that I did not really think of seriously as I thought my chances were pretty low. Anyway, I think that it is a mixture of factors - I have been repeatedly told that admission officers choose a very holistic approach towards every application.
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idn4ihl
@kisher.oj, are you planning on accepting your offer? :) Congratulations!
@kisher.oj, are you planning on accepting your offer? :) Congratulations!
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@kisher.oj, are you planning on accepting your offer? :) Congratulations!


Thanks! I have not yet finally decided as there are several other options that I have. Are you? Your "Application Tracker" has some other good schools.
Also, check you DM!
[quote]@kisher.oj, are you planning on accepting your offer? :) Congratulations![/quote]

Thanks! I have not yet finally decided as there are several other options that I have. Are you? Your "Application Tracker" has some other good schools.
Also, check you DM!
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