Why Study in Geneva?

We offer a selection of short courses during the summer in a variety of fields such as International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights, Gender and Alterity, Crowdsourcing Sustainable Development, among others. All classes are taught in English by faculty from the University of Geneva and other renowned institutions. Our high quality academic courses provide a global perspective on interdisciplinary subjects.

Academic lectures will be combined with visits, round tables and debates in connection with experts of leading Geneva-based international organizations, as well as top global non-profit institutions and companies.

The University of Geneva stands out as one of the 100 best universities in the world - 56th Shanghai Ranking - and one of the 20 best research universities in Europe.

Participants experience a prestigious university founded in 1559. Just like the city of Geneva itself, the university enjoys a strong international reputation, both for the high standard of its research and the excellence of its education.

You will get the opportunity to experience Geneva's dynamic, multicultural and international environment and you will be exposed to world-class expertise with unique networking opportunities.

Geneva won in 2017 the "Europe's Leading City Break Destination Awards". Geneva was also winner of the same category in 2014 and 2015.

The quality of life in the Lake Geneva region is most exceptional.

Geneva is remarquable, first of all, for its natural beauty. Set on the vast expanse of Lake Geneva, surrounded by mountains, Geneva enjoys breathtaking views of the Mont Blanc peak and the Alps.

International Geneva


No other place in the world hosts such an important number of global players as Geneva. They address today's most pressing challenges. Home to 99 international organizations, programmes, funds, institutes and other bodies, 250 non-governmental organizations, 174 countries represented, and 246 permanent missions and delegations, Geneva is at the heart of international cooperation and a capital of multilateral diplomacy.
Moreover, Geneva hosts an important number of multinational companies, financial and commodity trading companies with international reach.


The issues focused on in Geneva cover the world’s principal sectors and today's most pressing challenges: from global health to humanitarian action, migration or protection of the environment and sustainable development, international trade and human rights, democracy and rule of law, training and education, peacekeeping and security, intellectual property and nuclear research, telecommunications and labour.


The University of Geneva is fully integrated in this international landscape and plays a major role as an essential and respected partner to the « International Geneva». The university has established several collaborative agreements with major international organizations, such as the United Nations (UN), The World Health Organization (WHO), the World Intellectual Propery Organization (WIPO), the UNDP, the ICRC, and CERN, among others.

Switzerland: stunning, diverse and on top!

Switzerland has its heart beating to the rhythm of diversity

With its 26 cantons as member states that make up the Federal state, four national languages are spoken in Switzerland (German, French, Italian, Romansh). Despite its small size, Switzerland has one of the most striving economies in the world, is home to eleven world heritage sites (UNESCO) and has a leading role in scientific innovations.

Being one of the few direct democracies in the world, Switzerland has long held a tradition of military neutrality and has thus gained a reputation of being « the capital of peace ». One of the biggest humanitarian organizations, the International Committee of the Red Cross, was founded in Switzerland in 1863, by Henry Dunant.

With its indisputable role in the banking world, watchmaking, cheese and chocolate industries, Switzerland has already produced some of the world’s biggest brands: Nescafe, Nestlé, Rolex, ABB, UBS, Novartis and Lindt, among many more.

Stunning landscapes surround every inch of Switzerland: the breathtaking mountain peaks leave no eye unturned, the picturesque lakes and rivers leave no sense untouched. Winter and summer sports all find their place in this small country!

For a full feel of the Swiss atmosphere, why not visit some of the nearby towns and sites? Mount Salève provides an impressive view of Geneva during all seasons. Or, visit Chamonix, home to the world famous Mont-Blanc. For the lovers of chocolate, why not visit the chocolate factories and see how this wonder gets to be made? Don’t forget the cheese factories!

In themselves, Swiss towns have much to offer to all curious minds: Berne (the capital), Lausanne, Montreux, Zurich, Lucerne, Fribourg, Basel and many others each have their own unique flavour for you to discover.

Before you leave, make sure you have tasted the traditional cheese fondue and blown a Swiss alpine horn!

But be careful: just like its chocolate, once you have tasted some of Switzerland, you will want more and keep coming back. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!