Studying in Genève, Switzerland

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Switzerland

Genève at a glance

Geneva, Switzerland, is one of the most populated cities near the Swiss borders, being part of the country’s five conurbations among Zurich, Basel, Bern and Lausanne. This beautiful destination can offer students a luxurious lifestyle in a nature friendly environment, with 20% covered in green areas. Situated in the heart of Europe, the city of French-speaking Switzerland has a rich social and cultural scene with a remarkable number of international organisations and a famously prolific banking sector. Study in Geneva to get top class research-oriented education in the city that is the headquarters of CERN, the organisation in charge with the most powerful particle accelerator ever built (LHC). You will never grow tired of Geneva, thanks to the rich historical climate and sightseeing opportunities. Located on the south-western end of Lake Geneva, the “Bank City” of Geneva is surrounded by impressive mountain landscapes making up the Alps. 

Studying

Studying in Genève

Programmes follow the international three-tier further education model: Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate (PhD). All providers of further education in Geneva carry out some of the best quality research activities in the world.

Of the roughly 44,000 degrees and doctorates awarded annually, around two-thirds of recipients are from universities, and one-third from a university of applied sciences. Some of the boldest subjects that are learned concern the evolution of the CERN Institute, located in the city.

International students can attend various courses, summer schools, foundation pathways to enter the academic environment, or intensive short courses. Universities of applied sciences (UAS) were introduced in the mid-1990s and provide practical training and education at tertiary level.

Universities in Geneva feature excellent student facilities, such as large library systems, efficient career services and events, accessibility services, exercise facilities and more.

Career

Career opportunities in Genève

The Swiss are highly known as the paradise of banks, so finding a career that suits you will be much easier. Geneva has an intense economic field that expands every day with the help of development in technology, design, financial services, life sciences, education, arts, fashion, business services, environmental innovation, food services, and tourism.

Large companies and employers need fresh ideas all the time, such as Rolex, L'Oréal, Pepsico International, Oracle, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard International chose this city to grow. These future oriented companies offer internship opportunities to students who want to advance their career in a professional setting.

Life

Genève city life

For many students the first point on the sightseeing list is the Geneva harbour. In nice weather, you have the Quai at the port of a wonderful wide views of the mountains. A nice view of the city can be seen from the Cathedral of St. Pierre, which should be part of your list in any case. Visit the beautiful Notre Dame Church of Geneva, or the local Russian Church.

Anyone interested in art and history can visit the Place du Bourg-de-Four. In addition to traditional markets you can find small galleries and a number of cosy cafes. Visit the Place des Nations and the Broken Chair, Reformers’ Wall, or the iconic Giant Fountain – the international symbol of Geneva and its main tourist attraction.

More than 80 buildings or sites in Geneva are listed as Swiss heritage site of national significance. You can find archeological sites such as Fondation Baur and Museum of the Arts d'Extrême-Orient, Parc et Campagne de la Grange and Library (neolithic shore settlement/Roman villa).

Other cultural hot spots in the city include the Conservatory, the Botanical Gardens, Museum of Voltaire with Library and Archives, Museum of History and Art, or the Museum of the International Red Cross.

It is possible to discover the city more easily with a volunteering local via specialised associations.

International atmosphere in Genève

The country is divided between Germans, Italians, French and Swiss natives, creating an internationally friendly climate. In Geneva, the most spoken language is French, one of the four national languages of Switzerland.

The common ethnic origins of Geneva added to the four national languages are Croatian, Serbian, Slovenian and Albanian. More than 10% of the people living in Geneva speak another mother language.

Geneva is home to over 300 international NGOs and organisations, such as the UN, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

Geneva is one of the most diverse and international cities in the world with 184 nationalities living here.

Weather Genève

Geneva has cool winters with thawing conditions during the day and warm summers, although autumn is slightly wetter than the other seasons. In the summer, the temperatures reaches at 25,8°C (78,4 °F), while the average maximum temperature in January being 4,5 °C (40,1 °F).

Costs

Accommodation costs in Genève

Housing options for students in Geneva include university dormitories, apartments, town houses, and homestays. The rates can start from CHF 600 to CHF 2,000 and the price varies depending on location and amenities.

Living costs in Genève

Considered one of the top high cost cities in Europe, Geneva offers a lot for your money’s worth in quality accommodation and living. On average, you will need a minimum average budget of around 1900 CHF per month to live in Geneva.

Universities in Genève

EU Business School (EU) is an international, high-ranking business school with campuses in Barcelona, Geneva, Montreux and Munich.

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CREA is a leading educational establishment in the areas of Marketing, Communication, Digital Marketing and Art Direction. Each year, more than 450 students take courses at the school, delivered by the best Swiss and international lecturers. CREA focuses its development on excellence in the following areas – Creation, Digital & Innovation, Luxury and Sport.

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The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is a leading institution of research and higher education dedicated to the study of world affairs, with a particular emphasis on the cross-cutting fields of international relations and development issues.

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For a better world leadership - for a more compassionate world. Understanding the world around us - past, present and future - and influencing that world in a more human direction, is what the Geneva School of Diplomacy is all about.

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