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Summer School

​The IGS North-South Summer School (approx. 10 days, worth 5 ECTS) is an intercultural learning event and exchange platform for an interdisciplinary group of PhD candidates and senior researchers/instructors from the global South and North. The course, held annually, involves conceptual, thematic, and methodological sessions, as well as field excursions and communication courses (scientific writing and communication with the public).

Every year, the Summer School takes place in a different part of the world, hosted by the relevant partner research institutions of the IGS North-South. The past courses have been held in Switzerland, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Bolivia and Nepal.

Course costs must partly be covered by the PhD project budget. Talk to your supervisor and project leader for advice in this respect.

Summer School - Switzerland: 9-18 June 2021, Valais

13 PhD students participated in the IGS North-South Summer School in Switzerland on "Governing Tradeoffs - Resources, Health and Tourism in the Valais: Southern Challenges in a Swiss Canton". It offered PhD candidates a thematically focused and intercultural learning event.


Sign up for the IGS North-South Summer School:

  1. The Summer School is announced at the beginning of the Spring semester
  2. Wait until registration is officially open
  3. Fill in the online registration form and upload the following files:
    • Letter of motivation (Max 1 page)
    • Your CV
    • Copy of 1st Page in Passport
  4. Wait for feedback

Requirements: IGS North-South membership is required for PhD candidates from Basel, Bern, Lausanne and Zurich. PhD candidates from the global South can join the IGS North-South during the Summer School.

Limited funds for students in the global South are available.


Transdisciplinary Glimpses

Summer School Course
IGS North-South 2015
Pokhara, Nepal




Sign up for IGS North-South courses:

  1. Check coursework requirements 
  2. Check the overview of course types offered at IGS North-South
  3. Check current courses
  4. Register via IGS North-South Management Centre ( unless noted otherwise