Rules and Regulations

Geneva Summer Schools Regulations

Geneva Summer Schools Definition

  • Geneva Summer Schools provided by the University of Geneva (hereinafter: the Course or the Courses) include:
    • University of Geneva summer schools held at the University of Geneva
    • Joint summer schools between the University of Geneva and partner institutions
    • University of Geneva summer schools in the field

Description of Geneva Summer Courses is available at the following link:

Admission Requirements

  • Admissions Requirements to the Geneva Summer Schools are the following:
    • Language requirement: Applicants must possess a sufficient command of the language of instruction of the Course, demonstrated in their motivation letter, studies and work experience.
    • Studies: Applicants should:

- be enrolled as a student in a university level academic institution, or

- have completed a university degree.

  • Motivation letter: Applicants must express their interest in the Course in a brief statement included with their online application.
    • CV: Applicants must include a CV/Resume with their online application.
    • Specific requirements: Additional requirements may be requested for a Course (i.e. specific prerequisites, letter of reference, technical knowhow, practical experience, etc.). Applicants should refer to the applicable conditions on the website.

Applications and Enrolment

  • Courses are selective and places are restricted.
  • Applications are evaluated as they are received, Course enrolment is done on a rolling basis and Courses fill up from the date applications open (not only after the application deadline).
  • As the aim of the Geneva Summer School is to attract international students and the Courses are self-funding, priority is given to international students. Subject to availability and if the Course is self-funded, students from the University of Geneva may apply to Courses at a preferential price.
  • Course applications can only be made through the online application tool. By submitting a Course application, the applicant confirms having read and accepted these regulations.
  • Course applications are evaluated by the Geneva Summer Schools Office and the Course Director, who reserve the right to deny access to a Course if the applicant does not satisfy the Admission Requirements.
  • The Geneva Summer School notifies the applicants of its admission or refusal to the Course in writing.
  • Once admitted to the Course, it is only upon reception of the full tuition payment that an applicant is considered formally enrolled and their place in the Course is secured.

Tuition Fees and Payment

  • Tuition fees are as advertised on the website and can only be paid through the online payment method or bank transfer, in Swiss Francs (CHF).
  • Tuition fees must be paid within the period determined by the Course Director and communicated in the admission email and no later than one month prior to the Course start date. If payment is not made in due time, Geneva Summer Schools reserves the right to cancel the admission and attribute the place to another applicant.
  • The amount of the tuition fees are mentioned on the website. A non-refundable administrative fee of CHF 100 is included in the tuition fees.
  • University of Geneva students benefit from a preferential price subject to the number of available places.

Duties and Obligations of the Participant

  • The participant shall comply with all the regulations applicable to the University of Geneva. The Geneva Summer Schools reserves the right to exclude any participant who fails to comply with these regulations. In that case, the emolument will not be reimbursed to the participant.
  • Geneva Summer Schools participants will not obtain the status of an official student at the University of Geneva.
  • University of Geneva students are admitted at very advantageous conditions at a special fare. In return, Geneva Summer Schools expects from the University of Geneva students to fulfil their role as ambassadors of the university community and to make proof of a positive and welcoming learning environment. Geneva Summer Schools may ask them to complete some additional tasks during the summer school in order to assist the guest lecturers and the external participants during their stay at their convenience.


  • A Certificate of Attendance/Completion will be issued by the University of Geneva to participants if they satisfy attendance and/or evaluation requirements communicated to the participants.
  • Some Courses may include a final evaluation. These evaluations are optional.


  • The number of equivalence in ECTS credits is mentioned in Courses’ description and determined according to the standards applicable to the University of Geneva.
  • Upon request, participants may receive a statement with the number of the ECTS credits allocated by the University of Geneva and their grade if the participant has made an evaluation.
  • As the case may be, it is the participant’s responsibility to verify if the ECTS credits of the Course may be validated in the program pursued at their home university prior to participating in the Course. The Geneva Summer Schools will not be held responsible if the ECTS credits cannot be validated at the home university.
  • In principle, University of Geneva students currently enrolled may not validate the ECTS credits obtained in their academic cursus at the University of Geneva, unless the Course of their choice is part of their study plan. The latter group of students is fully exempted of the Geneva Summer Schools tuition fees.

Cancellation by the Geneva Summer Schools

  • The Geneva Summer Schools reserves the right to cancel a Course for whatever reason. The cancellation will be communicated on the website and by email within a reasonable deadline.
  • In that case, tuition fees - excluding the CHF 100 administrative fees - will be refunded to the participant.
  • Travel and accommodation fees will not be refunded by the Geneva Summer Schools and are the sole responsibility of the participants, who should keep this in mind when making travel and/or accommodation arrangements.

Cancellation by the Participant

  • If a participant cancels his/her enrolment, interrupts the Course or ends it prematurely, the costs are as follows:
  • If the participant cancels more than four weeks before the start of the Course, he/she will have to pay 50% of the full Course fee, beyond the CHF 100 administrative fee;
  • If the participant cancels within four weeks of the start of the Course or during the Course, tuition fees (including the administrative fee) will not be refunded.

Insurance and other costs

  • Participants are responsible for procuring the appropriate insurances (including but not limited to civil liability, accident and health insurance) during the Course length.
  • Participants shall assume all the costs associated with their participation to the Geneva Summer Schools (including but not limited to accommodation, travel, living expenses,…).

Waiver of Responsibility

  • The liability of the University of Geneva, whether in contract or in tort, under any warranty, is limited to gross negligence or wilful misconduct of a collaborator of the University of Geneva within the scope of its official functions for the institution. All further liability, notably for indirect and consequential losses are excluded.

Applicable Law and Place of Jurisdiction

  • Any disputes resulting between the participant and the Geneva Summer Schools that cannot be resolved amicably shall be exclusively resolved by the Courts of Geneva under the Swiss Law.

Entry into force

  • These regulations have been adopted by the Rectorate and enter into force on …
  • They may be modified at any time.

Regulation reviewed and updated on 21 March ,2020.