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Practical Information

University of Geneva, Switzerland - Practical Information

Orientation

The International Relations Office organizes an orientation meeting for international students at the beginning of every semester. This meeting takes place in the week before lectures start. Participants will receive all relevant information on the orientation meeting before their arriving in Geneva.

Finances

On average, a student will need at least CHF 1,200 per month (food: CHF 600, cultural activities and leisure: CHF 250, public transportation: CHF 70, study materials: CHF 100, health care/other insurances: CHF 115). This estimate does not include accommodation fees and depends on the student's spending habit.

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Accommodation

The University of Geneva offers participants of the EuroScholars Program a private room with shared facilities (with max. 4 persons). Rooms are located downtown, at a short distance from the University buildings.

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Health Insurance

Health insurance is compulsory for anyone living in Switzerland: the Health Insurance Department of the place of residence will ask the students to hand in their policy for health insurance. If the health insurance policy meets the Swiss requirements, an exemption from the obligatory insurance is possible. If not, a policy for basic insurance must be taken out at a Swiss health insurance company.

For more information, please contact Ms. Christa Lang at the University of Geneva.

Visa and Residence Permit

If a visa is needed, the International Affairs Office of the University of Geneva will assist you in obtaining it. Once arrived in Geneva, students are required to register at the resident's registration office (Office cantonal de la population et migrations) in order to obtain their residence permit.  Please note that the information is only available in French.

The International Affairs Office will give you the necessary information. For more information, please contact Ms. Christa Lang at the University of Geneva.

Facilities

Study Facilities

Students can join in a wide range of activities, such as:

Student support

The International Affairs Office organizes some activities for international students during the academic year. International students are also invited to join in the International Students Association of Geneva’s University.

We also organize some parties and sail cruises on the lake during the year.

Photo: Université de Genève, Matthias Thomann

Student ID-Cards

The Student ID-Card will be given to the students at the orientation meeting. It entitles them to use students' facilities like the libraries and the university’s restaurants. Some theatres and bookstores also offer discounts for students.

Computer Access and Email account

Each faculty has its own computer rooms, accessible during daytime. All students at the University of Geneva receive an e-mail account and access to the university intranet website. All university buildings offer WiFi access.

For more information, please contact Ms. Christa Lang at the University of Geneva.

Libraries

Students are entitled to use all academic and public libraries in Geneva. There are many research libraries, the BPU being the more important one, and over 50 faculty and department libraries, which offer access to approximately 5 million books and several thousands electronic resources. Many of them are open on Saturdays and even Sundays.

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Student Services

Each faculty has its study advisor(s) giving academic advice. In addition, there is an International Coordinator, who can give more information if needed.

Counselling Services

Sports and Recreational Facilities

Photo: Université de Genève, Jacques Erard

All students are members of the sports section of the University and are invited to take part in sports activities. There are many sports facilities (swimming pools, tennis courts, gyms, ice skating). Furthermore there are lots of possibilities to sail or windsurf on the lake and the mountains surrounding Geneva are close enough to allow one-day skiing trips during the winter.
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Dance, photography, cooking courses and several other recreational activities are also organized for students.
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Other

Geneva and its area offer a wide range of cultural and leisure activities: opera house, museums, concerts, sports events, music and dance festivals, bars, night clubs and discos.
Read more about the General tourist information on Geneva.